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The World in Medicine
December 9, 1998

Snoring in Sweden

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JAMA. 1998;280(22):1898. doi:10.1001/jama.280.22.1898-JWM80009-4-1

First, the good news: As men get older, they snore less. Now, the bad news: During the past decade, the prevalence of problem snoring among men appears to have increased.

The finding is from researchers at Sweden's Uppsala University. They analyzed the responses of nearly 3000 Swedish men who completed a questionnaire on snoring in 1984 and again 10 years later. The snoring questions were identical on both surveys, but the one given later included additional questions about smoking, alcohol use, and physical activity. The researchers said the snoring questions they used had a specificity level similar to that of measuring snoring with a microphone for one night.

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