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Key facts about snoring

If you snore – especially if you snore loudly – you know how disruptive it can be. You disturb your neighbours when you fall asleep on airplanes or in theatres. Your bed partner complains they can’t sleep and banishes you to the spare room or the sofa. In fact, 95% of snorers say that their snoring bothers their partner.1
ResMed infographic snorers bother partners

And it plays havoc with your sleep as well, whether your realise it or not. Snoring means you may not get the amount of oxygen you need for a healthy night’s sleep. And you know what happens when you don’t sleep well: you’re tired, listless, even grumpy.

Loud, bothersome snoring can have other, less obvious side effects, too. Snorers are 1.6 times more likely to develop high blood pressure within 4 years2 of beginning to snore. There are risks of other cardiovascular diseases as well.

Not all snorers have OSA, but almost everyone who has OSA… snores

ResMed infographic Snoring & OSA

If this wasn’t bad enough, snoring is also the primary indicator4 of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is the most common form of sleep apnea. Snoring and sleep apnea are linked at an alarming rate — 3 in 10 men and nearly 2 in 10 women who are habitual snorers also suffer from some degree of obstructive sleep apnea.5 Sleep apnea prevents you from getting the healthy sleep you need to lead a refreshed, energetic life.

Clinical studies show that people with untreated sleep apnea run greater health risks:

Risks of untreated OSA ResMed infographic

So if you snore, or suspect you snore, consider it a sign that something might not be right. Take our short sleep apnea test or contact us to find a sleep testing facility near you.

 

References

  1. A +A Healthcare study undertaken with 95 patients who wore Narval CC (Equinoxe in France) in 2011.

  2. Peepard,T. Prospective study of the association between sleep-disordered breathing and hypertension. N Engl J Med, 342 (2000), pp. 1378-1384.

3: Marin JM, Carrizo SJ, Vicente E, Agusti AG. Long-term cardiovascular outcomes in men with obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnoea with or without treatment with continuous positive airway pressure: an observational study. Lancet 2005; 365: 1046-53.

4: Meslier N, Racineux JL. Ronflement et syndrome de haute résistance. Rev Mal Respir 2004 ; 21 : 2S35-2S42.

5: Young T et al. The occurrence of sleep-disordered breathing among middle-aged adults. N Engl J Med 1993; 328(17):1230–5.

6: Peker Y, Carlson J, Hedner J. Increased incidence of coronary artery disease in sleep apnea: a long-term follow-up. Eur Respir J. 2006 Sep;28(3):596-602.

7: Peepard T. Prospective study of the association between sleep-disordered breathing and hypertension. N Engl J Med 342 (2000), pp. 1378-1384.

8: Ellen et al. Systematic review of motor vehicle crash risk in persons with sleep apnea. J Clin Sleep Med. 2006 Apr 15;2(2):193-200.

9: Vecchierini MF & al. A custom-made mandibular repositioning device for obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome: the ORCADES study. Sleep Med. 2016 Mar;19:131-40. doi: 10.1016.

More about snoring

What causes snoring?
When we sleep, our neck muscles can relax so much our upper airway partially closes. This narrowing of the airway causes a vibration that results in snoring.
Benefits of treatment for snoring
Everyone in your household benefits when you take measures to stop your snoring, control your obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and reclaim your sleep.