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1 in 3 of us lose 3 week's sleep a year to partners' snoring


June 16, 2011 - London

A new study has found that 1 in 3 of us loses the equivalent of more than three weeks' sleep every year because of a partner's noisy nose.

They also discovered snoring is such a nightmare that 39 percent of other halves regularly flee to a spare room in search of peace - while one in nine couples sleep apart permanently because of the problem, reports the Daily Mail.

And contrary to what women might like to think, it is not just men who are guilty of the habit, although they are the most common perpetrators.

Figures obtained by the British Lung Foundation show the problem is causing 39 percent of adults to miss an average of one-and-a-half hours sleep a night.

This works out as 574 hours every year - or nearly 23 days.

The survey of 2,500 adults also found that nearly a quarter of men - 24 per cent - said they were kept awake by their partner, compared with 41 per cent of women who complained about their men.

Experts warned that loud snoring could be symptomatic of sleep apnoea, in which muscles and tissue in the throat relax so much during sleep they block the airway.

Disrupted nights leave both partners feeling tired and unable to concentrate and can be destructive to a relationship.

Official figures show the condition affects 4 per cent of middle-aged men and 2 per cent of middle-aged women.

But Dame Helena Shovelton, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation said, "If we look at the figures which show that snoring makes a third of people move rooms, it would suggest it could be more common."

ANI

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