The Science of Snoring! Unless you’re as cute as this hibernating dormouse, snoring is not that entertaining. In the words of Anthony Burgess, “Laugh and the world laughs with you; snore and you sleep alone.”
• Snoring is the result of neck muscles relaxing during sleep; this causes the airways to narrow, increases air turbulence and vibration of soft tissues. Men are at least twice as likely to snore as women, because of greater neck muscle bulk. Dr. Melissa Hack, chairman of the British Sleep Society, said that “women believe snoring isn’t a ‘lady-like’ thing to do.”
• There is a genetic component to snoring: men who were habitual snorers were more likely to have the Lewis blood group Le (a+b-).
• A scientific study concluded: Regular playing of a didgeridoo reduces daytime sleepiness and snoring in people with moderate obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome and also improves the sleep quality of partners.