7 Interesting Facts About Snoring

 

With more than two thirds of the UK’s population estimated to be snorers, most of us have come into contact with snoring – either as someone who’s been kept awake by the signature rumbling or as a sufferer. Snoring can be a serious ailment and is often considered a symptom of underlying problems. In addition, it can also be so disruptive as to lead to marriage breakdowns. With snoring receiving such bad press, we decided it was time to highlight another side of snoring and have put together our favourite facts about this noisy affliction. 

 Snoring Facts

 

 

Is it a bird, is a jet plane? No, it’s someone snoring.

The average loud snore registers at 69 decibels. To give you an idea just how loud this is, a pneumatic drill is 70-90 decibels. Yet some people snore louder than a low flying jet plane, as is the case of Jenny Chapman whose snores register at an ear-splitting 111.6 decibels.

 

What’s up doc?

There’s no hard evidence to explain it, but those who share a bed with those who snore visit their GP more frequently than those who bed-share with non snorers.

 

Never mind the guitar, start learning the digeridoo

A Swiss study published in the British Medical Journal in 2005, revealed that playing the didgeridoo could help alleviate sleep disorders, amongst which, snoring was one.

 

Snorken, snarchen, snarka

The verb ‘to snore’ is thought to have been derived from the verb ‘to snort’ and was often used to describe the noise animals made. It is also believed to have originated from the Dutch ‘snorken’, the Middle High German ‘snarchen’, and / or the Swedish ‘snarka’.

 

Shy snorer

Women more than men are likely to be embarrassed by their snoring but one woman took it further than most. In an Iranian divorce case in 1997, one woman was forced to admit that she was so self-conscious of her snoring that she drugged her husband so that he wouldn’t hear it!

 

Bad behaviour predictions

Snoring can often be an indicator of other underlying health problems but can snoring also predict bad behaviour? A study by Yeshiva University found that children who suffered from sleep-disordered breathing were at least 40% more likely to develop neuro-behavioural problems by the time they reached seven years old. Hyperactivity, anxiety and depression were among the behavioural measures which were monitored.

 

Spacemen snore less

Microgravity in space results in astronauts snoring less. This is because on earth, snoring occurs when the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat are pulled back by gravity, thus partially obstructing the airway. In space, however, because there is a lack of gravity the tongue and soft tissues aren’t pulled back creating less obstruction of the airway and therefore less snoring.

 

If you or your partner suffer from snoring, there are many ways to help alleviate the problem. One way is through Asonor, an innovative anti-snoring spray which works immediately by tightening up the muscles in the throat to prevent the signature vibrational noise. It’s effective in 77% of users and is available for £9.99 online.