Date of Award

7-27-2009

Degree Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Department

Public Health

First Advisor

Dr. Michael P Eriksen - Chair

Second Advisor

Dr. Sheryl Strasser

Abstract

Background: Snoring is a common sleep disorder and it is associated with many modifiable risk factors and chronic diseases. This cross sectional study tries to identify association of snoring with smoking, alcohol intake before sleep and hypertension among Asian Indians. Methodology: A total of 241 Asian Indians ˃ 18 yrs were studied. Self assessment questionnaires seeking history of hypertension or cardiovascular disease were used to assess the outcomes. Demographic data and data related to snoring were obtained by using the Sleep Apnea scale of the Sleep Disordered Questionnaire (SA-SDQ). The items selected for inclusion from the SDQ were at junior high school reading level, five-level Likert scale response, formatted so that higher numerical values represented greater symptom severity. Results: Snoring was found to be associated with smoking, alcohol intake before going to bed, and hypertension. This association was present even after controlling for confounding factors like Age, Body Mass Index (BMI), and Gender. Conclusion: Insight into association of snoring with modifiable risk factors like smoking and alcohol before sleep and also between snoring and chronic disease like hypertension might help in early detection and management of chronic diseases both in snorers and their annoyed partner/ family.

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