Snoring is very common and is more likely the older you are.
- Among 30–35 year-olds, about 20% of men and 5% of women snore regularly.
- By the age of 60 years, about 60% of men and 40% of women snore regularly.
Snoring may be a sign of disturbed sleep, meaning you are less alert during the day. Lots of couples row about snoring, and often sleep in separate rooms because of it. Sharing a bed with a snorer can seriously affect the partner’s sleep; this was proved by a study in America (reported in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings 1999;74:939–66), which showed that when snoring was eliminated, the bed partners got an extra hour of sleep each night.
Written by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Saturday, February 13th 2010
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41.5% of the UK population snore (British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association)
In the UK, there are about 15 million snorers - 10.4 million males and 4.5 million females (British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association)
A study at the University of Erlangen, Germany, found that many young people snore; 61% of medical students (both male and female) have been told so by their partners
Snoring is said to have been useful to primitive man, frightening away predators at night
Churchill and Mussolini were both famous snorers
A doctor at the University of Minnesota, USA, found that the snores of 12% of people referred to his clinic exceeded 55 decibels - the maximum legal outdoor night-time noise in Minnesota. "They could get arrested for disturbing the peace - that's how loud the noise is," he said