Adverse health effects among women living with heavy snorers

Health Care Women Int. 2000 Mar;21(2):81-90. doi: 10.1080/073993300245311.


Women living with heavy snorers were more frequently affected by symptoms of insomnia, morning headache, daytime sleepiness, and fatigue than women living with non-snorers. Questionnaire data were collected from 1,032 women 30 to 64 years of age residing in Dalarna county, in mid-Sweden. There were indications of a "dose-response relationship" between the conjectured sound exposure and reported symptoms, regardless of whether the female herself snored. Sleeping in separate bedrooms did not seem to give the women any alleviation. The results point to a possible contributory cause of disturbed sleep, morning headache, and daytime sleepiness among women living with a snoring spouse. The results also indicate that prevention and treatment of snoring are important issues for the couple as well as for the snorer.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Family Health*
  • Fatigue / etiology*
  • Fatigue / psychology
  • Female
  • Headache / etiology*
  • Headache / psychology
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Noise / adverse effects*
  • Quality of Life
  • Sleep Stages*
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / etiology*
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / psychology
  • Snoring / physiopathology*
  • Spouses* / psychology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires