To help stop snoring, you need to look at what your partner is doing during the day and before he goes to bed, as well as what happens during the night.
Some of the things that can contribute to snoring include: not going to bed early enough and not having enough sleep, drinking alcohol in the evening before going to bed, smoking, being overweight and having poor sleep habits.
It is important that when people go to bed at night, they get into bed and immediately turn out the light and try to go to sleep. The bed should not be used for watching television, working on a laptop, playing games on a mobile device, listening to the radio or even reading. It is only a place for sleeping, not for anything else.
For many people who snore, it is very helpful to lose weight if they are overweight and also to sleep on their side. Sometimes a blocked nose can cause snoring. If this is the case, your local doctor can help sort out the cause and treat it.
Often snoring is a symptom of sleep apnoea. This is a disease where the airway becomes blocked overnight, breathing is difficult or stops for a short period of time, then breathing returns to normal. This can happen repeatedly throughout the night and is often associated with snoring. In this case, there is a very effective treatment called CPAP. Your GP can refer you to a sleep physician for assessment of this and a sleep study if needed. Then the best treatment can be ordered for you.
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Thanks to Dr Maree Barnes for her expert advice.
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