So, exactly how prevalent is snoring in Canada?
A lot of the statistics we see are measured on a global scale, or measured for just the United States or the UK. Does Canada differ from these in any way?
Article at a Glance:
- 0.1 Obesity
- 0.2 Sleep Apnea Risk
- 0.3 Sleep Apnea Sufferers Tend To Be Older
- 0.4 Sleep Apnea Is Linked To Several Serious Health Problems
- 0.5 Obstructive Sleep Apnea Is Surprisingly Prevalent
- 0.6 A Lot Of Canadians Have Sleeping Disorders
- 1 How Many People Snore In Canada?
- 2 To Summarize…
We’ve taken a pretty close look at this, and found a lot of really awesome information to help answer the question. Here are some statistics that came from a 2009 Canadian Community Health Survey-Sleep Apnea Rapid Response. Some of these are quite interesting, and tell us a lot about what the snoring problem looks like for Canada as a whole.
One fact that many people probably don’t know is that being overweight or obese is actually a key factor in obstructive sleep apnea. Being overweight or obese generally means that you will have more fatty tissue around the throat/neck, which contributes to the problem.
As far as the health survey went, it would seem that 12% of adults at high risk for OSA were obese with a BMI that was measured greater than 35.
Sleep Apnea Risk
According to researchers, 73% of Canadian adults who were considered high-risk for obstructive sleep apnea were men. 76% were also over the age of 50. This goes to show that there is a pretty wide gender-gap in sleep apnea risk among the genders, and that men are certainly at a higher risk than women.
In fact, the prevalence of self-reported sleep apnea among Canadians was nearly double in adult men, as compared to the numbers for it reported among adult women.
Sleep Apnea Sufferers Tend To Be Older
According to statistics, 75% of the Canadians who reported suffering from sleep apnea were 45 years of age or older. It certainly seems true that sleep apnea tends to become more common among humans as they get older.
Sleep Apnea Is Linked To Several Serious Health Problems
Sleep Apnea is associated with hypertension, depression, diabetes, and heart disease… just to name a few. This just goes to show how important it is to seek treatment if you feel that you may be at risk (or already suffering).
Also, did you know that a single episode of ‘apnea’ can last for anywhere from 10 to 30 seconds? That is literally time spent not breathing… which is a big problem! Also, these episodes can (and often do) repeat several times over the course of the night… continually hurting your quality of sleep and taking away from the quality of your rest.
As compared to the general population, Canadian adults who were diagnosed with sleep apnea were…
- 2 times more likely to suffer from a mood disorder (dysthymia, mania, bipolar disorder, depression, etc.)
- 2 times more likely to have heart disease
- 8 times more likely to suffer from hypertension
- And 2.5 times more likely to acquire diabetes
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Is Surprisingly Prevalent
It is estimated that 3% of Canadian adults (about 858,900) reported that they were told, by a health professional, that they had sleep apnea. It is estimated that Sleep Apnea is actually even more common than this though… and that it impacts up to 15% of the adult Canadian population.
A Lot Of Canadians Have Sleeping Disorders
It is estimated that more than 2 million Canadians have sleeping disorders of some kind – ranging from insomnia to snoring. It is also true that as many as one in four women in Canada snore, and that as many as one in three men have a snoring problem.
(This specific bit of information was found in a rather helpful article hosted on cbc.ca.)
How Many People Snore In Canada?
Snoring, as it seems, is a pretty common problem. But exactly how common is it?
Thanks to statistics, we know that more than 2 million Canadians have sleep disorders… ranging from insomnia, to snoring, and everything in between. But how many of these cases are actually caused by snoring?
Knowing how prevalent the problem is can do a lot to raise awareness for it. It can also show us how big the problem is, which is important for assessing how much of a priority it is to focus on it. But it also shows how big the market is for stop-snoring products, so a lot of companies have been looking into these types of statistics lately as well.
Here is what you need to know.
Snoring Is Not A New Problem
Snoring has most certainly been a problem now for quite some time. In fact, some experts say that snoring might be an evolutionary development, intended to ward-off predators while primitive humans were sleeping out in the open.
But whether or not this is true is really not the point. The point here is that humans have been snoring for as long as they have existed – and the problem shows no real sign of slowing down.
According to statistics, about half of people snore at some point over the course of their lives. We know that snoring is much more common in men, that it appears to run in families, that it becomes more common as humans get older, and that about 40% of adult men and 24% of adult women are what you would call ‘habitual snorers.’
This means that they are classified in a group of humans who snore regularly… not just now and then, as there is actually a pretty big difference.
Habitual snorers are the humans who are most at-risk for suffering long-term problems due to snoring, which is certainly not a good thing!
How Many Canadians Are Actually Snoring?
This is actually a rather tough number to nail down specifically – but there is some information out there that can give us a really, really good idea as to ‘about’ what it might be.
For example… in a poll conducted not long ago, it was recorded that 47% of Canadian men reported that they snore regularly, as opposed to 33% of women.
When you average this all out, the total comes out to about 41% of Canadians that are snoring altogether.
Other statistics tell us that nearly 1 million adults in Canada have reported instances of sleep apnea, and that 90 percent of people with sleep apnea snore (sleep apnea doesn’t necessarily have to include snoring – but snoring is often a symptom of it).
According to statistics from the UK, though, about 40% of people in the United Kingdom also snore regularly… which is very close to the 41% that statistics tell us is the average in Canada, which seems to be a pretty close similarity.
This seems to indicate that the polls that give us the number of adult snorers in Canada is at least relatively close to the true number.
But how many is that?
First, we need to figure out how many adults currently live in Canada.
According to statistics, we can come up with a relatively rough guestimation of about how many adults, age 18 and over, live in Canada. According to the info, in 2016, the population of Canada, as a whole, was just over 36 million people. When we subtract the number of people age 17 and younger, we come up with a figure somewhere close to 29.5 million.
When we divide this number by 100 and then multiply that number by 41, to get the percentage, we end up with a rough figure of just over 12 million. So, as it stands, it would seem that about 12 million adults in Canada are currently affected by snoring.
This 12 million figure is quite a departure from the 2 million cited above… but the best we can figure is that, when asked in polls, more people are probably likely to say ‘yes’ when asked if they are snoring, even if their snoring is not happening all the time, not causing sleep apnea, and not bad enough to get them diagnosed with a sleeping disorder.
There are a lot of helpful statistics out there that specifically deal with Canadians, snoring, and how sleep apnea can (and is) affecting our health and well-being.
But keep in mind that statistics are only so useful if you don’t put the information to work.
Being proactive about solving your snoring problem should be your first priority. Because if you can’t even end up getting quality rest at night, you will be plagued by innumerable other problems that are going to be very difficult to sort out until the good-sleep part of your life falls into place.