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Survey finds New York isn't the Only City that Doesn't Sleep

Snoring interrupts the sleep of 84 percent of Americans and their bed partners but most just suffer through it instead of seeking help. This was the key finding in a recent Spring Harris Interactive survey sponsored by ResMed. 

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Men are twice as likely as women to say their bed partner leaves the room to escape their snoring. However, neither really wants to abandon a comfortable bed – 65 percent of respondents still choose to suffer through a sleepless night instead of leaving the bedroom or seeking solutions. And worse, the suffering may only start with snoring. Many are unaware that snoring is one of the leading symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing, the general term for a group of disorders characterised by pauses in breathing during sleep, the most common of which is obstructive sleep apnoea. For people with sleep apnoea, their sleep may be interrupted literally a hundred times an hour by the body fighting to breathe.

"Every day I talk to people who exhibit symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing, and I'm always surprised at how many have permanently adapted to feeling tired rather than seeking help," said Adam Benjafield, Ph.D., vice president, medical affairs for ResMed Americas. "And getting help is as easy as answering five quick questions, after which you'll know whether it's time to visit your physician for an in-depth discussion and further diagnosis. The diagnosis of SDB, and concomitant treatment, can restore a good night's sleep to bedrooms all across the country."  

Is sleep a necessity or luxury?

Apparently, a nation of snoring bedrooms is creating a society of homebodies. When asked to choose between a great night out and a great night's sleep, a decisive 72 percent of both men and women chose staying in and catching some sleep. Among other findings:

  • The results were fairly consistent between genders.
  • Parents of teenagers were 12 percent more likely than parents of children under age six to prefer the chance to catch up on their sleep.
     

For more information about sleep-disordered breathing contact ResMed PEI at 1800 734000 or +353 1 419 6900; or Email: resmedpei@pei.ie. 

 

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