Owning a pet dog during childhood could increase the risk of a person becoming a habitual snorer later on in life, a new study published in the journal BioMed Central revealed.
Researchers from the Swedish University Hospital Umea questioned more than 15,500 people and found that nearly 20 percent of the volunteers from countries such as Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark and Estonia were habitual snorers.
AdvertisementWhen asked to suggest a reason for their snoring, the researchers received a number of replies including hospitalised for a respiratory infection or growing up in a large family.
One common link the researchers found was the volunteers being exposed to pet dogs early in their childhood, leading them to suggest that pet dogs caused allergic swelling in the airways which boosted the chances of becoming a habitual snorer by as much as 26 percent.
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