Quick Snoring Facts
What is Snoring?
Snoring occurs during sleep when the muscles at the back of the throat and tongue relax. The tongue drops back and causes the airway to narrow. The narrowing of the airway results in vibrations as air passes through. It is the vibrations of tissue in the airway that creates the snoring sound.
- A National Family Opinion poll revealed
that 90 million Americans over the age of 18 snore and 37 million are
considered habitual snorers
- In Canada, most married people (54 %) indicated in a survey that their partner snores while sleeping. (Source: Ipsos Reid poll, October 2006)
- Approximately 30% of those over age 30 snore, rising to 40% in middle-age (Source: British Medical Journal, 1997)
- Male to female ratio of snoring is 2:1 (Source: Vancouver Sleep and Breathing Center)
What Factors Contribute to Snoring?Sleeping Position
on your back causes gravity to pull the jaw and tongue back, narrowing
airway passages which vibrate and cause the snoring sound
- Research indicates that 60% of all snorers will snore only, or most often, while sleeping on their back
Alcohol or Medications
- Excess weight and fatty tissues in the throat narrows your airway
- Substances with a sedative effect will cause your throat muscles to relax more than usual and will likely produce snoring
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea is a disorder of breathing during sleep that is typically accompanied by loud snoring. Someone with sleep apnea will experience brief periods through the night when breathing stops. (Source: www.sleepnet.com)
What is Positional Therapy?
Positional therapy is a non-invasive technique to urge snorers to sleep on their side to ease or stop snoring. The REM-A-TEE Anti-Snoring T-Shirt is an example of a positional therapy aid.