Do You Snore? Why Your Health, Relationship and Job May Be at Risk
If you snore, you already know it can be bothersome to your partner – but did you know how much? And were you aware that your snoring may be compromising your sexual health too…and possibly your job? Here are some eye-opening facts on snoring that you need to know.
1. More Than 1/3 of Adults Snore
According to the National Sleep Foundation’s (NSA) 2002 Sleep in America poll, U.S. adults reported the following:
- 37% snore at least a few nights a week.
- 27% snore every night or almost every night.
It’s important to remember that not every person knows that he or she snores, suggesting that more adults than the above statistics may actually snore.
2. Women Snore Too
Contrary to a general belief that men are the snorers of the household, about 22% of women reported snoring, according to the NSA.
Some preliminary research suggests that the percentage of snoring women rises after menopause, closing the gap between men and women when it comes to snoring.
3. Snoring is a Bigger Heart Attack and Stroke Risk Than Smoking
According to Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit researchers, snoring is a bigger risk factor for stroke and heart attack than smoking, being overweight, or high cholesterol. The theory is that snoring causes or contributes to damage to the arteries over time.
4. Sleep Apnea is as Common as Type II Diabetes
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a dangerous condition in which the patient stops breathing following a snore multiple times per night, is now as common as Type II diabetes, according to information from the American Sleep Apnea Association. It affects 18 million U.S. adults.
5. 40% of OSA Patients Suffer From Erectile Dysfunction
Though correlation v. causation is debated among medical experts, at least one study found that 40% of men diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea have erectile dysfunction (ED). Results were compared to a control group without OSA, with OSA sufferers having a much higher prevalence of ED.
6. Snoring and Lack of Sleep May Harm Relationships
A survey from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine determined that 43% of adults ages 35-44 (“Generation X”/Gen X) lose sleep due to a partner snoring, and 24% either sleep in separate bedrooms or are considering doing so. And one out of 10 respondents said snoring was a factor in ending at least one relationship. A whopping 40% of women labeled snoring “a turn-off” in relationships.
7. One-Fifth of Auto Accidents are Connected With Poor Sleep Quality
Poor sleep can be caused by a number of factors, snoring and interrupted sleep due to OSA among them. The NIH reports that 20% of auto accidents in the U.S. are linked to snoring, independent of alcohol consumption.
8. Interrupted Sleep May Contribute to Job Accidents, Low Job Performance and Unemployment
According to the NIH, interrupted sleep and lack of a full night’s sleep has a negative impact on employment and may lead to accidents in the workforce.
Snoring is not just an annoyance – and it’s not something to be taken lightly. If you snore or suspect you may snore, get help immediately so you can live a longer, healthier and happier life – and live, love and perform better.