Childhood environmental factors associated with snoring

August 2017

General Practitioners

Country of origin: Europe

A study aimed to investigate whether early life environment is associated with snoring later in life.

A questionnaire including snoring frequency in adulthood and environmental factors in early life was obtained from 16,190 randomly selected men and women, aged 25-54 years, in Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark and Estonia (response rate 74%).

A total of 15,556 subjects answered the questions on snoring. Habitual snoring, defined as loud and disturbing snoring at least 3 nights a week, was reported by 18%. Being hospitalised for a respiratory infection before the age of two years, suffering from recurrent otitis as a child, growing up in a large family and being exposed to a dog at home as a newborn were independently related to snoring later in life and independent of a number of possible confounders in adulthood. The same childhood environmental factors except household sise were also related with snoring and daytime sleepiness combined.

The predisposition for adult snoring may be partly established early in life. Having had severe airway infections or recurrent otitis in childhood, being exposed to a dog as a newborn and growing up in a large family are environmental factors associated with snoring in adulthood.

'Early life environment and snoring in adulthood' is available online.

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