Association between Snoring and Leukocyte Telomere Length

Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journal:

Size of study:
887 adults, 50-79 years of age

The greater the percentage of time spent snoring during sleep as assessed by polysomnography was associated with shorter leukocyte telomere length even after adjusting for potential risk factors and lack of oxygen from sleep apnea. These findings suggest that snoring may influence telomere shortening independent of sleep apnea.

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12 comments on “Association between Snoring and Leukocyte Telomere Length

      • I have been using MAD (mandibular adjustment device) referenced above and getting very good snoring suppression the past 3 months until I recently read about the long term changes in bite one will experience with longer term use (more than couple of years). Of course this is a trade off with the risk of snoring. I am presently trying a tongue extension device which is taking some getting used but seems to produce the same results without any other side effect other than perhaps the weird feel it causes.

    • Hi Mr Woolum – Because of our reference population, the TeloYears test is only appropriate for people ages 20-80. Thank you so much for your interest. Best, TeloYears

  • I manage dental practices- CPAP is considered the gold standard for Sleep Apnea, but unfortunately about 50% of the population cannot tolerate wearing the appliance at night. There are about 125 FDA approved oral sleep appliances available from well trained dentist. Be very careful of “over the counter” appliances. All the appliances tend to move the the jaw down and forward to open the airway. If this is not done by a trained dentist it can cause serious jaw joint problems (TMJ).

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