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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How can I help my partner to minimise or stop snoring?

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    My partner snores during the night, which keeps me awake or wakes me up continuously. He snores regardless of the position in bed (on his back, lying on the sides). He is not a continuous snorer. He is quiet for maybe 10 to 15 min and then starts snoring for 10 to 15 min again until I stop him and make him move. Then the snoring starts again. It is sometimes a light snore (heavy breathing), which I can deal with ear plugs. It's the heavy snoring that occurs like every 15 to 30 min. What are the options he has?
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    The Sleep Health Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of ‘valuing sleep’ as part of a healthy lifestyle alongside regular exercise, a … View Profile

    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.

    Click here for more information on snoring.

    Thanks to Dr Maree Barnes for her expert advice.

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    I'm Tom Cartwright, I hold a Bachelor's degree in Chiropractic Science, and a Master's degree in Chiropractic, from Macquarie University. I complemented my studies with … View Profile

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