FYI Health Tip
Snoring becomes more common with age. Nearly half of American senior citizens snore.
Snoring makes you poorer – and we’re not just talking about the money your partner spends on earplugs. Though many consider snoring to be a nighttime problem, it has real consequences on your waking life, too, particularly for your wallet. New research demonstrates that chronic snorers earn less money than people with normal sleep habits.
Since the health effects are already known, researchers in Denmark sought to find how snoring and other breathing-related complications affected people financially. For their sleep problems alone, snorers spent about $1,000 extra per year, sleep apnea sufferers paid more than $5,000, and those with obesity hypoventilation syndrome exceeded a whopping $15,000.
What’s worse is that the patients with these conditions are less equipped to pay for this healthcare. Unemployment rates were 30 percent higher for people with these sleep disorders. Of the people who did have jobs, they earned significantly lower paychecks than people without sleep problems. Undoubtedly, the drowsiness that results from these conditions reduces productivity, thus affecting how people are compensated.
Even though treatment of snoring and sleep apnea may be costly, it appears worthwhile to nip it in the bud. Treating and conquering the problem early could save you from years of lost jobs and wages.
Don’t saw logs all night unless you’re getting paid for it.
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