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Prevalence of every night snoring and obstructive sleep apneas among 30 69 year old men in bologna italy

Prevalence of every night snoring and obstructive sleep apneas among 30 69 year old men in bologna italy

Acta Neurologica Scandinavica 79(5): 366-372

An epidemiological survey of the prevalence of snoring and sleep apneas was performed on 3479 30-69-year-old men living in Bologna, north-east Italy. First a postal questionnaire was sent. It was returned with appropriate answers by 1170. A 20% random sample of those who did not answer were invited by telephone to return the questionnaire. Among these groups 119 (10%) and 19 (5.6%) respectively answered that they always snored. A random sample of 40 every-night snorers were studied by polysomnography. Based on the frequency of every-night snoring and the results of polysomnography we estimated that the minimal prevalence of sleep apnoea among 30-69-year-old men was 2.7% considering an apnoe + hypopnoea index of 10 or more pathological. According to the Lugaresi classification we had a 2.5% prevalence of heavy snorer's disease (HSD) Stage 1 or higher. These figures indicate that obstructive sleep apnea during sleep is a major public health problem.

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