Sleep Disorders

12 March 2007

Years lost to snoring

Snorers may be depriving their partners of two years worth of sleep over their lifetime, suggests a survey by the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association.

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Snorers may be depriving their partners of two years worth of sleep over their lifetime, suggests a survey by the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association.

The survey of 2 000 adults found that about a third of them sleep with a snorer and lose about two hours of sleep per night. Based on an average relationship of 24 years, that works out to about two years of lost sleep, BBC News reported

About half of the respondents said that snoring affected their sex lives, and 85 percent said their relationship would be better if their partner's snoring problem was resolved.

"Snoring can have a very negative impact on people who have to live with it," said association co-founder Marianne Davey.

"Lack of sleep can have a negative consequence on your physical, mental and emotional health. Poor sleep is linked with poor academic performance, increased risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes, divorce, suicide - the list goes on and on," a spokesman with the British Sleep Society told BBC News. – (HealthDayNews)

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