Jenny Chapman snoring

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Published On November 28, 2016 | By SDA Editorial Staff | About Snoring

Snoring happens a lot – much to the dismay of those who suffer from it (and their bedpartners). The bad thing about it, of course, is that it keeps people from getting a quality night of rest. Granted, not every snoring problem is the same. Some people obviously snore louder than others.

But exactly how loud can it get?

To answer this question, we went in search of some of the loudest (and most famous) snorers ever recorded – and the results might surprise you!

Melvyn Switzer, the world-record snorer!

Melvyn Switzer was apparently a winner in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1984 for being what was described as the world’s loudest snorer. His snores were said to have been recorded at a then-record of 92 decibels (though another source describes the level as being lower, at 87.5), which is louder than having a diesel truck running right in the middle of your bedroom! 🙂

It’s also louder than the US limit for noise that’s legally allowed in a workplace.

According to the article, 8 different neighbors moved out over the years specifically because they couldn’t stand the level of noise during the night.

After he was cured of his snoring problem, Melvyn had this to say about his relationship with his wife (who was rumored to have been deaf in one ear)… that she was “a saint” for putting up with him. He said that their marriage (and their sex life) improved by 100% after he stopped snoring.

The next Guinness-Record Holder

According to another article, the Guinness World Records 2000 described Kare Walkert, of Sweden, as the next record snorer after Melvin. His snoring levels were measured at 93dB – or, about as loud as a typical lawn mower.

This record was said to have been logged in May of 1993.

The grandmother who snores louder than a jet plane!

According to an article published on, a 60 year old woman named Jenny Chapman was recorded during a snoring boot camp – and her snoring was measured at a super-loud 111.6 decibels! That’s about 33dB louder than a washing machine, 11dB louder than a train, and 8dB louder than a low-flying jet!

According to the article, she was ‘shocked’ to hear how loud her snoring actually was. Her husband, who had endured the problem for the last 20 years, said that he wasn’t surprised at the measurement. He described the noise as ‘abominable’.

“It could be worse,” her husband said in the interview, however… “She could be a sleepwalker.”

Other famous people who snored

There is a long list of famous historical figures who were also snorers.

According to an article on, such figures include George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Grover Cleveland, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Richard Nixon.

Even Winston Churchill (whose snoring was mostly attributed to the fact that he was overweight, smoked cigars, and drank a considerable amount of alcohol) and Benito Mussolini were said to be snorers!

Napoleon Bonaparte was another famous snorer. He was short, overweight, and believed to have had a nasal blockage that contributed to the problem.

Theodore Roosevelt was described as a snorer of ‘deafening proportions’. We aren’t sure if it makes any difference or not – but he actually died in his sleep at the age of 60!

According to the story, the very popularized gunfighter John Wesley Hardin once spent the night at a hotel in Abilene, back in 1871. It was said that a man in the next room was snoring so loudly that it angered Mr. Hardin, who proceeded to draw his gun and fire shots through the wall into the room where the snoring was coming from. According to reports, the first bullet woke the man up – and the second bullet killed him.

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