ZenPlugs wanted to know just how much sleep people are losing from snoring. They asked 132 people and found some interesting results. We have summarised them in the infographic below.
Amazingly we found that women lose around 11 and a half times more sleep from snoring than men. So why are men so much more likely to snore than women? Here are a few reasons.
Men have a larger throat space. The male pharynx is larger than in women. This makes it more likely for the soft tissues to vibrate and cause the familiar sound.
Men drink and smoke more than women. They are statistically more likely to smoke and binge drink than women. Alcohol leads to increased snoring. This is due to sedation causing relaxation of the upper airways and preventing people waking up and moving to a position in which they don’t snore. Smoking causes inflammation of the upper airways. This makes snoring more likely.
Reduced muscle tone as people get older also contributes.