SNORING: GET THE FACTS
Although it is often the source of jokes, snoring can be a nuisance to your partner and anyone else nearby. You may even snore loudly enough to wake yourself up.
Once considered annoying but essentially harmless, more recent research has shown that snoring can have serious consequences to your health and happiness.
In addition to offering proven-effective treatment, here are some interesting facts about snoring we think you should know:
- Snoring may be a sign that you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea, which is a potentially life-threatening sleep-disordered breathing problem.
- Bed partners of snorers have their sleep interrupted an average of 21 times a night vs. an average of 27 times per night for the snorer.
- Regular snores are 5x more likely to develop heart disease, stroke and hypertension than people who do not snore.
- Bed partners of snorers go to the doctor more often than partners of non-snorers.
- Some people who snore produce noises that are louder than the decibel level permitted in the workplace per OSHA (Occupational Health & Safety) standards.
- The sound of snoring, which can range from 50-100 decibels, can be high enough to cause damage to the human ear.
- Internal vibrations in the inner ear caused by snoring make the snorer highly susceptible to hearing loss.
- Vibrations produced during snoring have been shown to initiate plaque formation that can cause carotid artery atherosclerosis, a leading cause of stroke.
- Snoring can be hereditary; research shows that in 70% of cases, people who snore also have family members who snore who would also benefit from treatment.