Snoring can cause serious problems for some people, like anxiety, depression and relationship problems. Women lose much more sleep to snoring and more than 2/3 of men wake their partner up. Wearing ear plugs for sleeping is a good alternative as it will prevent the wearer being woken.


All of us can be woken up by the sound of snoring at some time. You might have noticed it coming through the paper-thin hotel walls when you were on holiday. Otherwise, you may well remember being woken up when you were a child when your dad was snoring; the noise is heard far too often for many. Unfortunately, you may be unlucky enough to have a sleeping partner with the affliction. When you are already sleep-deprived the sound can be the most annoying noise you will hear. The noise can sound like the high-pitched whine of a small motorbike or it can be rumbling like a far-off pneumatic drill.

For many, it is certainly not funny. Large amounts of precious sleep are often lost from snoring. Tiredness is not the only resulting problem. Resentment can lead to relationship problems for many. Chronic sleep loss can cause under-performance at work, anxiety, and depression.

ZenPlugs recently performed some research into this problem. They set out to find out how many years of sleep were lost from snoring. They performed a survey across 132 people. Here’s what they found:



Amazingly they discovered that women reported losing approximately 11.5 times as many hours of sleep from disturbance by snoring when the data was compared to men.

What are the factors that make men that much more likely to snore than women?

1) Men usually have a significantly larger void in their throat. Their pharynx will have a far larger volume when compared to those of women. The result is that the pharynx is more likely to cause vibrations and snoring. This results in snoring being more of a problem.

2) Men usually smoke more tobacco as well as drink more alcohol than women. Statistically, men drink to excess and smoke more when compared to women. Drinking alcohol often increases the chance of snoring because sedation can lead to relaxation of the muscles of the airways. This sedation also will mean that people will be less likely to be woken up and alter positioning when they are snoring. Smoking tobacco causes swelling in the snorer’s airways. This also increases the risk of snoring.

3) Decreased muscle tone. People’s muscle tone naturally decreases over time due to aging. This can sometimes lead to increased risk when it comes to snoring. Statistics show men are much more likely to have this problem than women.

In the survey, 1/3 of women thought that snoring was worse after they have consumed alcohol. Another third considered that sleeping on the back resulted in louder snoring. The logic is that the action of gravity on the soft palate behind the tongue pulls it into their throat.

A massive 69% of women tried to stop their partner’s snoring by poking, kicking, or waking them up. Wearing a good pair of ear plugs from is a good alternative as this will prevent you being woken up in the first place. On average the amount of time they were reported being awake was 40 minutes. These statistics showed that an astonishing 898,443 years of women’s sleep are lost due to snoring in the United Kingdom each year. Only 78,078 years of men’s sleep are lost.


Written By: Dr. Tobias Bateson

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