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?
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.)
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.