The Science of Snoring!

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.

Refs: http://chestjournal.chestpubs.org/content/107/5/1289.full.pdf

http://www.bmj.com/content/332/7536/266

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23 Responses to The Science of Snoring!

  1. Jaz Emminger says:


    I snore, therefor I am.

  2. Phil Calvin says:


    Sounds like someone I know.


  3. That’s a pretty loud snore for a little mouse.

  4. Dano DeBroux says:


    Now my wife has yet ANOTHER thing to blame the snoring on: “It’s not ME…we must have dormice.” Are they known to fart frequently and with great force? 🙂

  5. John Wycoff says:


    Who would think that rodents would snore!! That’s incredible, thanks for sharing!!

  6. Henk Poley says:


    I wonder if it’s a vitamin D & B12 deficiency, as with lots of human snorers with sleep apnea.





  7. Rajini Rao says:


    Fascinating research, Miodrag Milić , the first thing I looked up is whether methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) smelled anything like its close relative, dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO, used as lab solvent), which smells to high heaven! Fortunately, MSM apparently does not have that awful, sulfurous, garlicky odor 🙂


  8. That little guy needs a mini Breath Right strip!

  9. Tom Lee says:


    Cute mouse needs “snore guard”.


  10. Put him in a teapot, a la Tenniel. Problem solved:)

  11. Rajini Rao says:


    Maria Luisa A , since the Chairwoman of the British Sleep Society has deemed snoring to be un-lady like, and you are clearly a most gracious lady, it seems most likely that your boyfriend is mistaken. In the remote off chance that he is right, the didgeridoo would seem to be your best bet. As seen in Fig 1 of the BMJ paper, it is a most elegant and lady-like instrument. I’m delighted that at least one reader has commented on this critical scientific study 🙂

  12. Rajini Rao says:


    Very dull indeed, Maria Luisa A , unless the divine Hugh Jackman is the instructor. What’s a lady to do, then? LOL, Peter Lindelauf , you are most gentlemanly, even with your “gloves off”. Your wife is very lucky 🙂

  13. Rajini Rao says:


    LOL, Maria Luisa A , I thought I was a bit too mischievous for this forum, but I see that I’ve met my match. If we can put the guys to blush, our work here is done 😛

  14. Rajini Rao says:


    Peter Lindelauf , the cave man’s snores would be an advertisement to the predator to come and get him while he is asleep.. unless his snores were so fierce that the predator was intimidated! Then again, one needs to weigh the evolutionary advantage of scaring away predators against scaring away one’s mate 🙂


  15. OK so you see Mama I told you I am not alone on the earth

  16. Simon Smith says:


    In Britain the dormouse..was introduced as MEAT yes your little fuzzbucket was a bhaji

  17. Rajini Rao says:


    As a vegetarian, I’m pretty sure that none of my bhajis ever snored, Simon Smith , perhaps yours did? 😉


  18. this could be the weirdest Breathe Right Strip commercial i have ever seen.


  19. hope the dormouse didnt wake up:)

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