Measured in decibels (db), snoring usually falls between 60 and 80/90 decibels, compared to normal talking which is about 60 db, a vacuum cleaner which is 70 db, and a chainsaw, about 100 db.
A grandmother in the U.K. was recently recorded snoring at 111.6 decibels – eight decibels louder than the roar of a low-flying jet and between 51.6-31.6 louder than the average snore (typically 60-80 dB). The louder the sound, for example this grandmother’s snoring, the less time you can listen to it before it begins damaging your hearing.
But this is only the damage to someone’s hearing. The bigger problem may be the health problems as a result of snoring. To name a few:
- Long interruptions of breathing (more than 10 seconds) during sleep caused by partial or total obstruction or blockage of the airway.
- Frequent waking from sleep, even though you may not realize it.
- Light sleeping. People with obstructive sleep apnea sleep lightly to try to keep their throat muscles tense enough to maintain airflow.
- Strain on the heart. Prolonged suffering from obstructive sleep apnea often results in higher blood pressure and may cause enlargement of the heart, with higher risks of heart attack and stroke.
- Poor night’s sleep. This leads to drowsiness during the day and can interfere with your quality of life.
- Low oxygen levels in the blood. This can lead to constricted blood vessels in the lungs and eventually pulmonary hypertension.
- Chronic headaches.
- Daytime sleepiness and fatigue.
Ear plugs may be a solution for the partner of someone who snores. But it may be a better idea to address the cause of snoring. See our blog from October 28, 2017.