- Volume 22 Issue 1
The Purpose of this study were to examine the epidemiology of snoring, its associated factors and anatomic features on cephalogram according to the frequency of snoring in young adults. Epidemiological survey using questionaire was made to the 438 students (320 male, 118 female) aged 19 - 28 years, and cephalometric study of anatomic features on 14 habitual snorers, 31 occasional snorers and 30 non-snorers among men was done. The obtained results were as follows : 1. The prevalence snoring was 11.4% in the young adults, 15.0% in male and 1.7% female. 2. Of the young adults, 3.7% were habitual snorers and 7.8% were occasional snorers. 3. Smoking and drinking increased the frequency of snoring(p < 0.01), but didn't affec the differences in the frequency between habitual and occasional snoring. 4. No significant correlation was made between the frequency of snoring and the factors such as overweight, nasal disease and hypertension. 5. In the cephalometric comparison between snorers and non-snorers, snorers had inferiorly positioned hyoid bone(p < 0.05), longer soft palate(p < 0.01), steeper soft palate(p < 0.05) and narrower nasopharyngeal(p < 0.05) and oropharyngeal(p < 0.001) airway. 6. In the cephalometric comparison between habitual snorers and occasional snorers, habitual snorers had narrow nasopharyngeal airway(p < 0.05).