Snoring can be a serious condition and even if you don’t snore yourself, you just might be driven stark raving NUTS by your spouse or roommate who does. Jonathan, our guest author today, states that snorers actually earn less money than those who are quiet sleepers.
Do you live with a snorer? Are you a snorer yourself? Studies have shown all sorts of results when looking at sleeping from many different angles. Those who snore or sleep with a partner who snores are more likely to wake up feeling like they never slept. People who snore are also more prone to sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, obesity hypo ventilation syndrome, and other very serious health conditions.
“I’ve found that many patients ignore their snoring problem. Their spouse regularly moves to the couch, and they maybe drink a few extra cups of coffee. Many people in today’s world are simply unaware of how serious snoring can be and the many consequences that come with it,” said Los Angeles dentist, Dr. Mark Weiser. One such consequence that may take you by surprise is that snorers may actually earn less net income per year than their non-snoring counterparts.
Research conducted by scientists in Denmark have found that those who snore spend about $1,000 more a year. Those with more serious conditions, such as sleep apnea, spent about $5,000 more than the average citizen. While those with sleep conditions related to snoring spend more money, the study also proved that snorers make less money as well and often do not have the monetary needs to pay for health-care needed to treat sleep disorders.
At the same time, the statistics showed that unemployment numbers were higher for those suffering from sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, with unemployment rates 30% higher than individuals without a sleep disorder. How can snoring cause so many consequences outside of sleep? The answers are simple.
People who snore often suffer from some sort of sleep disorder and even those without a sleeping disorder are prone to not getting enough sleep at night. Snoring, and sleep disorders with snoring as a symptom, are known to cause sleep deprivation which then leads to moodiness, daytime sleepiness, a lack of concentration, low energy levels, and other conditions. All of these are known factors which can decrease efficiency and effectiveness at work. Productivity is greatly reduced when employees are not well-rested.
“These results are not shocking in the least,” explained Dr. Mark Dunayer, a dentist who treats snoring and sleep apnea patients in Rockland County, New York. “When patients finally get the right treatment for their snoring or sleep apnea, they are frequently amazed at the improvement in their overall quality of life. They feel better-rested, more energetic, and just have a better outlook on things.”
The study also showed that from the time that the sleep disorder was diagnosed in patients, the negative socioeconomic factors only worsened over the years in patients who did not treat their disorder. The study was published in the journal Thorax.
About The Author: Jonathan Fashbaugh is an Internet marketing consultant who works with dentists to promote awareness about the dangers of sleep apnea as well as alternative sleep apnea treatments for patients who do not like CPAP. Jonathan’s company, Concerto Internet Marketing LLC, is based out of Fort Collins, Colorado.