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If you snore, blame it on traffic fumes: People who live close to busy roads found to
If you snore, blame it on traffic fumes: People who live close to busy roads found to be most likely to suffer

The toxic gases and particles released by engines are said to be the cause
Study of 12,000 people found 25% of men snored three nights a week
Ane Johannessen, at Bergen University in Norway, worked on the research
Scientists at the university discovered sexes were affected differently

By Sara Smyth for the Daily Mail

Published: 17:42 EST, 28 August 2016 | Updated: 17:45 EST, 28 August 2016


It's been linked to everything from age to weight and smoking and booze.

But research now suggests snoring – as well as tiredness – could be down to traffic pollution.

A study has shown those living close to busy roads or whose bedrooms are nearer highways are more likely to snore.

And the noise from vehicles rattling by is also believed to disrupt sleeping patterns, leaving us tired and restless.

The toxic gases and particles released by engines, particularly those powered by diesel, are said to be the cause.

A study of 12,000 people found 25 per cent of men snored heavily at least three nights a week, with those exposed to traffic pollution being at the highest risk.

Around a quarter of women admitted feeling sleepy during the day, which increased if exposed to traffic pollution.

Ane Johannessen, an epidemiologist at Bergen University in Norway, said: 'We know that people exposed to secondary cigarette smoking are more likely to snore, so we wondered if the toxins from traffic pollution might also be linked to snoring.'

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I do not disagree that pollution could make apnea worse, but I disagree that it CAUSES apnea. People clearly had apnea issues long before the industrial revolution, but the fact that people tended to be underweight probably reduced the frequency. Still, many men were noted for snoring and we know that is a common risk factor for it.
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This appears to be one of those media reports that may confuse correlation with causation. I can statistically prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt (P=1.0), that apnea sufferers drink water -- which is a worthless research finding.

While vehicle pollutants, especially nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide, can have an effect on breathing, one wonders how this may impact someone given the greater dilution of these pollutants in the air. And, one might posit that nighttime traffic -- except at the most heavily traveled areas -- would be minimal.

It appears that there might be too many factors to make a decent analysis of the primary variables. Did they use self-administered questionnaires? Did they examine throats and/or airway configurations? Did they control for patient co-morbidities, obesity, and sound pollution? I guess we will need to wait for the release of the paper. I would also wonder if this is a politically inspired paper by those who are seeking control over fossil fuel usage.

I bet the real conclusion is: we need more money to study it further.
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
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(08-29-2016, 06:07 PM)srlevine1 Wrote: This appears to be one of those media reports that may confuse correlation with causation

What?!!? You have read some that do not? Grin This is the root of many sensational, yet useless, news stories.
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