Snoring By The Numbers

Loud_snoring_couple.jpgWe talk a lot about how common snoring is - around 48% of people snore at some point in their lives - so let's take a minute to talk about who is snoring and when you should seek medical attention for it.

Who Snores?

Snoring appears to run in families and there is a difference in gender. Approximately 40% of men and 24% of women are habitual snorers. While occasional snoring is usually harmless, habitual snoring can have troubling implications for your health.

Why Is This Important?

Sleep is incredibly important to your overall health, and snoring can be a symptom of a more pressing sleep disorder that can lead to more serious health issues, not to mention potentially life-threatening hazards that can occur as a result of sleep deprivation. To put that in perspective:

50-70 Million People suffer from Sleep Disorders
37.9% Unintentionally fell asleep during the day at least once in the preceeding month
4.8% Nodded off or fell asleep while driving at least once in the preceeding month
Drowsy Driving is responsible for 1,550 fatalities and 40,000 nonfatal injuries annually in the U.S.

This is before we get into the specifics of which sleep disorders are the most common - those would be insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea.

What Can You Do?

If you feel that you or a loved one fit into any of the categories mentioned above, you should be seen by a medical professional. If you are located in the Athens/North Georgia Area, Ashford Clinic is here for you! We work to determine the root cause of your sleep issues and provide treatments that will have you getting the rest that you need to lead a happier and healthier life. Give us a call at (706) 248-6860 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.