There are many non-surgical treatments that may help snoring. In fact, surgery should really be used only if the others fail. The most important cause of snoring is being overweight. So if you are overweight or obese, the best thing that you can do is to get back to a healthy weight.
Additionally, you should do everything possible that will give you a good night's sleep (see the fact sheet on the SHF website). You should make sure that you have a good sleep routine before going to bed and that the bed and bedroom are comfortable. It is important to have enough sleep (usually 7-9 hours for an adult). Avoid any electronic screens before going to bed, including television, computer, mobile phone. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, tea, coffee and exercise for 2 hours before going to bed. If you have a blocked nose all the time, see your GP to get some treatment for this. If you have trouble getting off to sleep or wake up multiple times during the night, a sleep psychologist may be helpful. If none of these things work, then surgery may be an option, but try all the other things first.
You can find more information on snoring at the Sleep Health Foundation website here.
The answer to this question provided by Dr Maree Barnes, Institute for Breathing and Sleep, Austin Hospital.
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