Who’s Affected by Snoring?

Posted by on Jan 17, 2012 in Snoring | 6 comments

Do you snore?

If you sleep with a partner, you’ve probably been told. But if you live alone, you may snore and never know it. Snoring isn’t limited to just one segment of the population. Men and women of all ages and ethnicities are prone to snoring. To help you better understand these numbers, Central California Sleep Center in Fresno has compiled a list of snoring-related statistics*:

• Approximately 30 percent of all adults age 30 and over are regular snorers. That number increases to 40 percent for people over 40.

• Women who snore regularly are significantly heavier and shorter in height than those who do not snore. These women are also more likely to have nasal issues that can cause snoring.

Men snore more often than women, generally at a rate of two to one. However, this gap decreases significantly in post-menopausal women.

• Nearly 6 percent of children are habitual snorers.

• Approximately two-thirds of adults with sleeping partners report that their partner is a snorer. Six out of 10 people believe they snore at night.

• About 4 percent of all women and 9 percent of all men between the ages of 30 and 60 suffer from sleep apnea.

• Studies indicate that sleep apnea may affect between 20 to 40 percent of the snoring population.

• Between 1 and 10 percent of children have health issues related to sleep apnea.

• People who sleep in the same bed as a partner who suffers from sleep apnea lose about one hour of sleep each night. One study showed that these partners could wake up as much as 21 times per hour. This interrupted sleep is also known as “Spousal Arousal Syndrome”.

Sleep apnea sufferers are six times more likely to be involved in a car accident than someone without a sleep disorder. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that tired drivers cause 100,000 car accidents and 1,550 fatalities each year.

Sleep Apnea and Snoring

• Hypertension is believed to be an underlying cause of sleep apnea. Approximately 50 percent of patients with sleep apnea also have essential hypertension.

• Patients with untreated obstructive sleep apnea are three times more likely to have heart disease and four times more likely to have a stroke.

As these numbers indicate, severe snoring is more than just a mere nuisance. If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause a host of personal health problems for you and your partner. If you believe you or a loved one may suffer from sleep apnea, please contact the Central California Sleep Center today.

*Statistics compiled from the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep in America polls.


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