Young women are the worst snorers: One third of females aged 25-34 snore hard at least three nights a week
- 34 per cent of young women snored in a study, while only 31 per cent on men did
- In the older age groups men were more likely to be noisy while sleeping
- The NHS recommends strapping tennis balls to pyjamas to keep from snoring
Young women have overtaken men as the most irritating snorers for the first time, a study has shown.
Despite the nightime noise-making being mainly associated with overweight, middle aged-men, it is actually younger women keeping people up at night.
A survey of sleep disorders conducted by the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital found there has been a shift in the usual snorer suspect.
While 31 per cent of men studied ‘hard’ three times per week, that figure was 34 per cent for females in the 25-34 age group.
However, in the older age groups it was men who spluttered and grunted until dawn.
In the 55-64 age bracket, 45 per cent of the men studied snored while only 35 per cent of females were heard causing a midnight din.
While men are usually blamed for making noise at night a new study found young women are more likely to snore than young men
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A new study by the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital found 31 per cent of males were making sleep noises while 34 per cent of women snored in younger age groups tested
It was also found after 75 the number of those snoring drops dramatically.
Although there is no standard fix for snoring, the NHS does recommend strapping tennis balls to pyjamas to keep the snorer on their front or side.
Earlier this year studies linked snoring with dementia.
Loud snoring could be an early warning sign for dementia and memory problems, scientists said in July.
People with obstructive sleep apnoea, which often causes heavy snoring, did worse in memory tests and have changes in the brain linked to dementia, a study found.
At least half a million Britons suffer from the condition, which is common in middle-aged overweight men and causes the walls of the throat to narrow during sleep, stopping breathing.
Scientists from Sydney University now suggest this could shrink parts of the brain by reducing oxygen levels in the blood.
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