Snoring is that harsh, often loud noise that emanates from the back of our throat when we sleep. It’s a common sleep problem but more common at waking us or our partners up in the middle of the night. However, it can be a symptom of some conditions like sleep apnea.
There are some people who believe snoring is completely natural. On the other hand, some people claim to have a wonder cure to fix it. In this article, we’re going to cover 10 interesting facts you likely didn’t know about snoring.
1) Men Snore More Than Women
There’s a large gap between who habitually snores and who doesn’t when it comes to the different genders. According to Sleep Education, around 26% of women reported habitually snoring. However, men were a lot more likely to report snoring a few times a week at 40%.
2) Snoring Is Linked to Divorce
Snoring causes sleep problems not only for the snorer but for the person who sleeps next to them as well. Research has found that, behind money problems and marital infidelity, sleep issues from one of the spouse's snoring is one of the leading causes of divorces.
3) Snores are Loud
We hear you saying, “That’s not surprising or interesting!” Did you know that snores get as loud as 40 to 65 decibels? That’s about as loud as a dishwasher or a conversation at the office. As you reach closer to 70 decibels, then your snores sound like a vacuum cleaner.
4) The Loudest Snore on Record is 111.6 Decibels!
While there are more male snores, it’s a woman who holds the record for the loudest snores. Her name is Jenny Chapman from the UK, and she clocks in at a whopping 111.6 decibels in 2009. For reference, that’s as loud as a jet flying over your head! Her husband said it was difficult for him to sleep next to his wife at night.
5) Sleeping with a Snorer Can Affect Your Well-Being
A survey conducted by the Australian Sleep Health Foundation found that 56% of women with a snoring partner said it negatively affected their physical and mental health. They also said it had an impact on their alertness and overall mood. Surprisingly, 76% reported their partner never sought treatment or remedy the situation in any way.
6) Drinking Alcohol or Consuming Other Depressants Put You at Risk for Snoring
Along with sleeping on your back, drinking alcohol or consuming other depressants like muscle relaxers can increase the chances of snoring. They cause the airway to collapse easier which exacerbates the snoring. Snoring can also be caused by congestion or allergies.
7) Daytime Fatight is the Most Common Complaint from Snorers
Even though you feel like you sleep through the night, snoring causes you to be restless and wake up frequently. This low quality of sleep leads to daytime fatigue, but it can also make you more irritable and susceptible to health problems.
8) People Who Snore Habitually are at Higher Risk for Heart Disease
Snoring is more than annoying and has been linked to serious heart conditions like heart disease or heart failure. Besides that, research has also found connections to strokes, obesity, diabetes, and a host of other health problems.
9) A Quarter of People are Habitually Snorers
According to John Hopkins, 1 in 4 adults snore regularly. And it’s close to half of people who snore occasionally. If you’re one of these people, then it might be worth considering getting checked out for sleep apnea, which is a serious sleep condition that affects the way you breathe while sleeping.
10) Don’t Feel Alone– 37 Million Americans Snore Too
When surveyed by the National Sleep Foundation, 37 million adults admitted being regular snorers. On the other hand, 90 million people said they only occasionally snore. Typically, it’s due to having a cold, drinking, or some other external factor, like body weight, that causes it.
Did you find those facts interesting? We sure did!
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