Military doctors say that snoring can be so loud - 93 decibels is the record - that soldiers engaged on surveillance work risk giving away their position to the enemy. Now they are recommending that the problem be tackled, first with conservative treatment such as losing weight or sleeping on the side, and if that fails, surgery. "The management of snoring in the armed forces is an important issue," says a report in the Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps. "Snoring may have significant effects in terms of personal performance, social interaction, and security.''
A team of doctors from Frimley Park military hospital, Aldershot, report they have operated successfully on 14 snorers. One military source said yesterday: "[Snoring] is a particular problem for the Special Forces like the SAS who may be working behind enemy lines."Reuse content