Scientists at the ENT and the Royal World Hospital in London, a study of about 1,239 adults, confirmed that the proportion of people suffering from snoring and sleep apnea had increased more than 20 years ago.
The researchers found that 7% of Britons suffer from sleep apnea, the most severe forms of sleep apnea, while the proportion of two decades ago less than 4%.
According to the study, 4 out of 10 people snore at least three nights a week, and men are worse off.
Scientists attributed the increase to high rates of obesity, and the effect of blue light emitted from smart phones and computers.
The scientists stressed that sleep and breathing disorders are not currently adequately diagnosed by doctors, especially with the potential risks of sleep apnea, and called for this study to shed more light on the problem to reduce them.