National Stop Snoring Week 22-28 April 2019

Snoring is often a subject which invokes humour for those not directly involved. However, sleep disturbance can be a serious threat to our health.

Noise, of which snoring falls into this category, is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as impacting negatively upon health1. Sleep deprivation can have a negative impact on body systems such as hormonal release, glucose regulation, hearing impairment and cardiovascular function, leading to overall poor health.

The noise level that starts to have an effect on sleep is around 40dB and snoring can range from 50dB to 100dB2. The louder the noise the worse the quality and quantity of sleep for both the snorer and their partner as the amount of time spent in deep sleep moves to our shallow sleep cycle, meaning you will not wake feeling refreshed.

The British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association are running their annual National Stop Snoring week and they are promoting the good news that snoring can be controlled3. Snoring can be a symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA).

If you or your partner suffer from snoring, then you can take our online sleep apneoa screening test. This could help you determine if you might have OSA and if so, then you’ll need to see your GP and find out what can be done for you to alleviate your symptoms and get you back on track to good health.

It’s National Stop Snoring Week. Get the facts!

Every year, the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association celebrate National Stop Snoring Week. This annual UK event started on the 23rd April 2018 and promotes general awareness of snoring with the message that nobody needs to suffer from this condition: snoring can be treated!

Snoring is not just a male problem…

Snoring is not normal but it is common: a 2007 study of 850 men between the ages of 22 to 66 found that 34.6% of them were regularly snoring!1

While men are usually the butt of snoring jokes – indeed most of the images related to snoring feature a frustrated female struggling with their male partner’s snoring – women also suffer from snoring. In fact, it is estimated that there are a whopping 15-million snorers in the UK and 4.5 million of those are thought to be women!

Not all snorers have OSA

However almost everyone who has OSA does snore! It’s a fact that snoring is a main symptom of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)2; the link between snoring and sleep apnoea is quite striking: 3 in 10 men and nearly 2 in 10 women who are regular snorers also suffer to some degree from OSA3

Get the facts on Snoring & OSA

We’ve put together a list of our 20 favourite facts about snoring & Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) in the easy-to-read infographic below. So let’s get the nation talking about it during National Stop Snoring Week!snoring-osa-20-facts Sleep apnoea blog ResMed UK