March 12, 2014

Seasonal trends in sleep-disordered breathing

OBJECTIVE: is there a seasonal component to snoring and obstructive sleep apnea?

METHODS: Internet data were retrieved from Google Trends. Seasonal effects were evaluated in both adults and children.

RESULTS: Statistically significant seasonal effects were found with the peak in winter and early spring. The effect seemed to range from 5% to 50%.

CONCLUSIONS: significant seasonal trends on Google searches for both snoring and sleep apnea, with a peak in the winter and early spring.

Sleep Breath. 2014 Mar 5