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Monday, September 28, 1998 Published at 11:59 GMT 12:59 UK


Snorers get the cold shoulder

Snoring can cause major problems in a relationship

Snorers get little sympathy and sometimes generate feelings of aggression and violence in their partners, according to a survey.

Nearly half of the people in the UK with partners who snore have threatened to move into the spare room, according to the survey of 997 people.

Of those questioned 50% of southerners admitted to having a partner who snored, with the Welsh topping the list at 62%, followed by 55% of Scots and 53% of northerners.

Not one woman felt sympathetic about her partner's snoring, with 14% of those women questioned even feeling violent or aggressive, 80% annoyed and more than a third frustrated or desperate.


The survey, conducted for the makers of decongestant Non-Drowsy Sudafed, also found that Scots were more likely to feel violent about a partner's snoring, with 16% of those surveyed saying it made them feel aggressive.

The Scots were also more interested in sleeping in the spare room than those in Wales, with 53% of Scottish people wanting to leave their partner at night, compared to 44% in Wales.

The Welsh were least likely to feel tired, irritable or frustrated when confronted by a snoring partner, with 45% keeping calm. Fifty-nine per cent of northerners admitted to losing their cool.

[ image: Many partners will go to the spare room]
Many partners will go to the spare room
Professor Neil Douglas, director of the Scottish National Sleep Centre, said snoring was a major problem with approximately 50 % of the adult population suffering from the condition.

He said: "Snoring can generated a lot of annoyance and understandably so because it is something that happens all night, every night in many people.

"In some cases, it is the most important cause of marital problems, but in some couples it is just one problem among many others."

Avoid alcohol

Professor Douglas said there were two main ways to reduce the problem of snoring - losing weight and avoiding alcohol in the evenings.

He said 2-4% of the population suffered so badly that they were sleepy during the day and had difficulty concentrating.

These people should seek medical help, such as jaw repositioning or therapy to keep the airways fully open by blowing air into them.

Snoring can be linked to a medical condition known as sleep apnoea, in which sufferers stop breathing many times a night.

Sufferers are three times more likely to be involved in a road traffic accident because of poor concentration.

The condition is also linked to cardiac problems.

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