Main facts about snoring

  • There are 15 million snorers in the UK – 10.5 million men and 4.5 million women.
  • Snoring sounds range from 50 to 100 decibels – equivalent to a pneumatic drill.
  • Snorers are 3 times more likely to suffer adverse health conditions than non-snorers.
  • Regular snorers are five times more likely to develop hypertension, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol than occasional snorers
  • Snoring can be hereditary – nearly 70% of snorers have a familial link.
  • You are more likely to snore if you are overweight with a BMI of more than 25. Having a high BMI not only puts you at risk of snoring, but also of developing other serious illnesses associated with obesity such as obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and its co-morbidities. Calculate your BMI
  • You are more likely to snore if you have a large neck circumference – usually more than 17 inches (43cm).
  • Over one third of couples report that snoring negatively impacts on their relationship.
  • A person who shares a bed with a snorer visits their GP more frequently than those who don’t.
  • People who share a bed with a snorer see significant improvements in their physical and mental health once the snorer has been treated successfully.

These facts are from the British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association. Read more at: