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Social Impact

Snoring is known to cause sleep deprivation to both the snorer and those who hear him/her, as well as knock-on effects: daytime drowsiness, irritability, lack of focus, decreased libido.[1] It has also been suggested that it can cause significant psychological and social damage to sufferers.[2]

Armstrong et al. at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh found that snoring strains interpersonal relationships, and concerns for its effects were often voiced above the medical malady. Patients also lamented the social embarrassment arising from complaints when they sleep outside their homes. Both business and holiday arrangements can be detrimentally affected.

While snoring may popularly be seen in some circles as a minor affliction, snorers can suffer severe impairment of lifestyle. The between-subjects trial by Armstrong et al. discovered a statistically significant improvement in marital relations after snoring was surgically corrected. This was confirmed by evidence from Gall et al., [3] Cartwright and Knight, [4] and Fitzpatrick et al.[5]


  1. Luboshitzky, Rafael (March 23, 2002). "Decreased Pituitary-Gonadal Secretion in Men with Obstructive Sleep Apnea". The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. 87 (7): 3394–3398. Retrieved 2007-07-03. Decreased libido is frequently reported in male patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Unknown parameter |coauthors= ignored (help)
  2. "The effect of surgery upon the quality of life in snoring patients and their partners: a between-subjects case-controlled trial". M. W. J. Armstrong, C. L. Wallace & J. Marais, Clinical Otolaryngology & Allied Sciences 24 6 Page 510. 1999-01-12]]. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. "Quality of life in mild obstructive sleep apnea". Gall, R., Issac, L., Kryger, M. (1993) Sleep, 16, S59 S61. 1993]]. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. "Silent partners: the wives of sleep apneic patients". Cartwright, R.D. & Knight, S. (1987) Sleep, 10, 244 248. 1987]]. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. "Snoring, asthma and sleep disturbance in Britain: a community-based survey". Fitzpatrick, M.F., Martin, K., Fossey, E et al. (1993) Eur. Respir. J. 69, 531 535. 1993]]. Check date values in: |date= (help)

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