With the amount of research that has been dedicated to snoring and its effects, it is easy to assume that researchers know everything about it. However, this is not the case.
Although researchers and medical professionals know many things about snoring, there is always something else to look into. The paragraphs below contain some of the more relevant statistics and facts that people find interesting.
When a snorer begins seeking treatment or a solution, one of the first things they usually want to know is just how common this problem is. The answer is not complicated, but also not as simple as many assume.
The first thing to consider is the group of people in question. Are they young or old? Do they have a normal bodyweight or are they overweight or obese?
Are they male or female? All of these questions have a significant impact on the final answer. It is simply too difficult to say that a certain percentage of the overall population snores.
That being said, here are some specific numbers. In general, the ratio of men to women that snore is 2 to 1. Roughly 20 to 30 percent of women and 40 to 50 percent of men snore regularly.
This is an accurate representation of the 2 to 1 ratio. Approximately 59 percent of people have a partner that snores. Of those that snore regularly, 28 percent have sleep apnea. The risk and prevalence of snoring also increase with age.
Noise And Volume
Many snorers are very familiar with complaints from their partner or family members about the volume of their snoring. Sometimes they are exaggerating, but research has shown that their description may actually be quite accurate.
The average snore is about 38 decibels, but the loudest recorded snore was 120 decibels. To put things in perspective, that means that the average snore is a bit beneath the volume of a casual conversation. However, that also means that the loudest recorded snore is about as loud as an emergency vehicle’s siren.
In an industrial setting, workers are advised to use hearing protection once the noise level reaches 70 decibels. Loud snoring can cause hearing loss for both the snorer and their partner. Needless to say this can also lead to irritability and relationship issues.
Accidents And Risks
Snoring is one of the main causes of sleep deprivation. Every year approximately 100,000 traffic accidents are caused primarily by sleep deprivation.
Keep in mind that this statistic only reflects traffic accidents. Sleep deprivation is also the main cause of many workplace and in-home accidents.
Researchers have also noted a link between snoring and insulin resistance. Those who snore are 80 percent more likely to be insulin resistant; this is a precursor to diabetes.
Snoring may be funny after Thanksgiving dinner, but in reality it is no laughing matter. It carries too many risks to leave untreated.
It truly is dangerous in the long run when it is allowed to continue indefinitely. However, there are many in pursuit of a solution and that makes everything just a little bit easier for everyone.
Which Product Should I Choose?
Every person has a unique mouth and needs, so one that is perfect for one person may not be the best option for another.
There are well over 100 products on the market, so making a decision can be quite daunting.
You will find a lot of helpful information in the comparison chart, and I have written reviews of several products.
If you would rather not spend a lot of time reading reviews, please consult my article titled “My Mouthpiece Recommendation”. I have compiled a list of three products that I believe are the best options, based on my experience.