Want to stop snoring? Have a beer!

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Want to stop snoring? Have a beer!

Naturally, the headline is wrong … for the most part. You can easily google countless studies showing that alcohol before sleep worsens your snoring. And they are right … for the most part. We have verified the relationship between alcohol and snoring on the live data collected from our users (where did we get the data?), and the result was pretty surprising.

“Alcohol increases snoring a little for most people, and a lot for some. But there are users who snore significantly less if they drink before they go to bed.”

From the data collection, we selected users who:

  • have at least 200 sleep records
  • tag their sleep with ‘alcohol’ on a regular basis (at least in 5% of their records),
  • and snore at least 1% of the night on average.

There were about 500 people who satisfied the criteria. Then we calculated how much of a difference did alcohol do to their snoring time.

Unsurprisingly, on the overall average, the nights tagged with ‘alcohol’ contain 12% more snoring. However, there are huge differences among individuals. Alcohol increases snoring a little for most people, and a lot for some. But there are users who snore significantly less if they drink before they go to bed. The histogram below illustrates the statistics.

The X-axis shows the percentage of how much snoring is increased/reduced by alcohol, and the Y-axis shows the number of users who fall into this rank. We can see that there are nearly 40 people (7% of the sample) who snore more than 40% less if they drink before they go to bed.

We verified that the relationship was statistically significant – very unlikely just a random artifact due to measurement errors. Indeed it seems that the impact of alcohol on snoring is more complex than the mainstream studies tell us.

What’s the moral of the story? Don’t blindly trust the studies, find the truths about your sleep yourself by observing the reality. However, how to observe the reality when you are asleep? This is where our app, Sleep as Android, can help you – to monitor your sleep, to collect the data, and to discover your particular sleep patterns.

Nevertheless, do not cure your snoring with alcohol more than moderately 🙂

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