- About Snoring
DON'T IGNORE THE SNORE
When you sleep, you relax, and the muscles in your throat relax too. When lying on your back, your tongue and soft palate fall backwards. This causes the airway to become narrow and partially closes the upper airways. As a result the soft tissue structures of pharynx, palate and tongue vibrate and flutter while breathing, which causes the all well known snoring sound. Researches report that snoring is a leading cause of sleep deprivation.
Snoring is known to cause daytime drowsiness, irritability, lack of concentration and decreased libido. Multiple studies show a positive correlation between loud snoring and the risk of heart attack (about +34% chance) and stroke (about +67% chance). This is mainly due to the lack of sufficient oxygen supply during sleep. Snoring may be a sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)*.
KNOW THE FACTS
More Than 1/3 Adults Snore
|Percentage of people age 30 and older who snore||30%|
|Percentage of people age 40 and older who snore||40%|
|Percentage of women who snore||19%|
|Percentage of people who say thier partner snores||59%|
|Percentage of children who snore||5.6%|
|Percentage of people who snore who also experience sleep apnea||28%|
|Average decibel level of snore||38dB(A)|
Source: Vancouver Sleep and Breathing Center, Pediatrics, BBC News, July 28th, 2013
*Morris LG, Kleinberger A, Lee KC, Liberatore LA, Burschtin O (November 2008): Rapid risk Stratification for obstructive sleep apnea, based on snoring severity and body mass index.