National Stop Snoring Week

19 - 24 April 2010

"It's not me it's the house that's causing my snoring"


Supported by a grant from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

National Stop Snoring Week

Interesting Facts About Allergy, Snoring & Famous People

  • The significance of house dust mite and asthma was first recognised by RA Kern in 1921.
  • In 1921 Storm Von Leuwen developed a dust free climate chamber that sat 100 feet above his house.
  • Pollen, house dust mite and pet dander are the three most common allergic triggers in the UK.
  • Synthetic pillows have a greater risk of causing sleep disordered breathing than feathers as they have up to 5 times more mite allergen than feather pillows.
  • About 20% of people are allergic to their pet.
  • In Britain, 90% of hay fever sufferers are allergic to grass pollen.
  • Exposure to second hand smoke has been identified as being a risk factor for upper respiratory tract infections and both initial onset and continued snoring in children.
  • People who consume beer tend to consume more drinks per day than consumers of wine or spirits. Alcohol consumption is associated with a high risk of developing sleep apnoea.
  • Most people use at least 7 personal care items every day but 1 in 5 people are allergic to their ingredients.
  • Snoring cannot be cured but it can be successfully controlled.
  • Napoleon Boneparte, Winston Churchill, Teddy Roosevelt and even Queen Victoria were all snorers.
  • There is a 'snoring museum' in Hildesheim, Germany where there are more than 400 so-called snoring remedies on display. Items include an anti-snoring mask, ear suppositories, pins for the nose and electric shock machines.
  • Adolph Meyer (1866) a Swiss psychiatrist, cites sleep as being one of the 'big four' factors that a person should balance for the maintenance of health, work, play and rest.
  • Sir Isaac Newton, Thomas Edison, Robert Burns were known to suffer from insomnia.
  • Sleep deprivation can lead to serious health problems such as hypertension, heart attack, diabetes, depression and gastro-intestinal problems.
  • Some scientists believe that insomnia is a disorder of arousal rather than a disorder of sleep.
  • People who experience boredom or enforced inactivity have reduced arousal levels. They are more likely to follow a pattern of short naps that reduce the readiness for night-time sleep.
  • Regular exercise with social activity can improve sleep quality and neuropsychological performance in older people.
  • The human body clock is thought to operate on a 25 hour cycle although scientists in the USA have recently found that the body's internal clock works on a cycle of 24 hours 11 minutes.

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