Association between snoring and heart rate variability in adolescents: effects of gender and insufficient sleep

Sehyun Jeon, Seongmin Oh, Seong Jin Cho, Yu Jin Lee, Seog Ju Kim

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Abstract

Purpose: We explored the association between subjective snoring frequency and heart rate variability (HRV) in a healthy adolescent population. Methods: A total of 102 healthy adolescents were recruited from high schools in South Korea, and reported their sleep habits and snoring frequency. HRV was assessed to indirectly measure autonomic function. We assessed correlations between snoring frequency and HRV indices. We also investigated the effects of sex and behaviorally induced insufficient sleep syndrome (BISS) on the associations between HRV parameters and snoring frequency. Results: Overall, significant correlations were apparent between snoring frequency and HRV indices including the standard deviation of the normal-to-normal intervals (SDNN) and the low-frequency/high-frequency (LF/HF) ratio. Associations were more evident in males and those with BISS compared to females and those without BISS. Conclusions: Our findings suggest that snoring changes autonomic nervous system (ANS) activity in adolescents; the changes are more dramatic in males and those with insufficient sleep.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)561-570
Number of pages10
JournalSleep and Breathing
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2020

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Behaviorally induced insufficient sleep syndrome
  • Heart rate variability
  • Snoring

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