A recent survey by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, the leading organization for dentists like myself who treat snoring and sleep apnea with oral appliances, revealed some statistics about how disruptive snoring effects bed partners as well as treatment preferences.
- 39% of both men and women over the age of 18 find snoring in a bed partner to be a turn off. In the older group aged 55-64 this increased to 45%
- 83% of respondents said they have had a bed partner that snored
- When respondents had a snoring bed partner 43% said they were concerned or worried about the snoring persons health, 35% said they couldn’t sleep, 26% said they were annoyed or down right angry at the snorer and 21% left to sleep in another room
When asked about treatment options
- 75% of respondents had a preference and of those 2x as many preferred the oral appliance over the CPAP
- this increased dramatically in respondents under 34 years of age
This survey really goes to show that snoring and sleep apnea is disruptive to family life. Many simply brush it off as ” they are just a light sleeper” but it is much more than that. Snoring and Sleep Apnea do not just effect overweight old men. It effects both genders and any age group.
If your disruptive snoring is causing family discord and/or disrupting your quality of sleep it is important to have it assessed. A simple home sleep study can be done to look at your sleep and snoring.
Contact Dr Muir at “Sleep Better Live Better” in North Vancouver by booking on line using the online link on this website or by calling the office at 604-987-5337 for a complementary consultation.