Snoring...A Productivity Problem!
UPPSALA, SWEDEN--Excessive daytime sleepiness can interfere with
both social and occupational activities. Snoring and intermittent
interruptions of sleep from impaired breathing (obstructive sleep
apnea) have been suggested as causes of excessive daytime sleepiness.
A study published in the journal CHEST (1996;110:659-
63) found that snoring and obstructive sleep apnea not only was
associated with excessive daytime sleepiness, but also was associated
with work performance problems.
Jan Ulfberg, M.D. and associates of Sweden's University Hospital at
Uppsala studied men between the ages of 30 and 64 years old and noted
that those who snored or had obstructive sleep apnea had increased
difficulties in concentration, learning new tasks, and performing
monotonous tasks when compared to nonsnorers.
It was also noted that the body mass (overall weight) of patients was
related to sleep disordered breathing, as had been previously shown.
Viewers of MedicineNet should note that sleep
disorders, such as snoring, are more than just an annoyance for the
spouse. They also can represent a significant problem for the work
force. It is reasonable to conclude that workers who snore or have
restless sleeps and notice persistent unusual sleepiness in the
daytime hours might benefit from medical attention. Obesity is also
emphasized as a treatable risk factor for sleep disorders.
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