23 - 27 April 2007
Snoring is bad news... for your health
Predicted early mortality rates are twice as high for sleepy snorers than non-snorers.
During National Stop Snoring Week 23 - 27 April 2007 we will be discussing the results of our new research into the health risks for snorers and why it is essential to tackle the problem before it's too late.
Most people recognise that being overweight, smoking and alcohol consumption are associated with snoring. But do we ever consider the ill effects that snoring has on our physical and mental health?
Data from a number of studies confirms risk factors that should not be ignored. Snorers are more likely to suffer conditions such as excessive daytime sleepiness, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and high cholesterol.
These risks tend to increase with age especially for middle aged and older men. Gender differences in upper airway shape and fat deposition make men more prone to snoring than women. However, menopausal women not using hormone replacement therapy have a 4-fold risk of snoring. For both sexes other changes that occur with age which contribute to a snoring problem are reduced muscle tone, deposition of body fat and loss of lean weight.
If left untreated snoring can lead to a poorer quality and shorter life.
Key words: Snoring, Risk factors, Hypertension, Cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, Mortality
For further information please call Marianne on 01737 245638 or
ISDN radio interviews.
Mrs Marianne J Davey, Director
British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association