In defence of snorers

August 07, 2015, 4:07 PM UTC

Snoring is actually the norm for British people over forty – and most partners of snorers don't mind it

No one wants to be a snorer, and many are concerned their loud breathing will keep others awake. But new YouGov research reveals it's actually abnormal not to snore, after the age of forty at least.

Overall 45% of people admit to being snorers. This ranges from 22% amongst 18-24 year olds to 55% amongst over 60s. Not only does the tendency to snore increase with age but it is also more likely to develop if you are a man, as the data reveals that 51% of men are snorers compared to 40% of women.

Among 60+ men, 62% snore, and the majority of couples over the age of 40 include a snorer (55% of 40-59 year-olds say their partner snores, and 57% of over-60s).

Fortunately, however, the data also reveals that snoring is not a major point of tension between most couples. Among those with a snoring partner (46% of British adults) only 4% say they have experienced serious relationship problems as a result, while 29% say they've had minor problems.

Women do have a worse time of it than men – 41% of women with a snoring partner say they've had relationships problems because of it compared to only 25% of men.

Various nasal strips, chin straps and devices to prevent breathing primarily through the mouth in sleep are available. New research with a more promising success rate instead promotes excercises of the neck and mouth, the idea being that stronger muscles should open the airwaves and tone the affected area. Singing has even been shown to help.

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