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Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1999 Jan;125(1):64-7.

Better quality of life when nasal breathing of snoring men is improved at night.

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Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Central Hospital, Skövde, Sweden.



To evaluate whether improved nasal breathing changes the quality of life in snoring men and improves the female sleeping partners' well-being in the morning.


During 1 month, 42 heavily snoring men slept with a nostril dilator. Before and after 1 month, the snorers rated their daytime tiredness and completed the Nottingham Health Profile questionnaire. Female sleeping partners rated the snoring, the quality of their sleep, and their sense of well-being in the morning. A population sample was used for comparison.


The Central Hospital, Skövde, Sweden.


The snorers' quality of life before the study was significantly worse (P<.001) than that of the comparison population and improved significantly (P = .001). The men were significantly (P<.001) less tired during the day when their nasal airflow was increased. Female sleeping partners had significantly (P = .005) better sleep and an improved sense of well-being in the morning during the test period. Both were correlated with a significant reduction in the snoring (P<.001).


When nasal breathing of snoring men was improved at night, their quality of life was significantly improved. The female sleeping partners had a reduction in sleep disturbance that correlated well with an improvement in their own sleep and feelings of well-being in the morning.

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