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Many people will have experienced sleeping with a snorer. In fact, some may even have been driven to the point of hovering menacingly over their partner’s face with a pillow, fully intending to suffocate them with gleeful abandon. However, 41.5% of the UK population snores, which amounts to 15 million snorers – 10.4 million males and 4.5 million females – so we shouldn’t turn these adenoidally challenged folk into pariahs. The sound of snoring is made when you breathe through your mouth and nose when you’re asleep. But when that air doesn’t move smoothly through your air passages, it makes tissue in your mouth, nose and throat vibrate as the air passes through. Some causes of snoring are related to lifestyle, (being overweight, smoking, drinking alcohol etc), so there are changes you can make to minimise the snoring. But if the self-help methods don’t work, then there’s only one thing for it…no, not the pillow… Visit your GP.

The British Lung Foundation are promoting awareness of obstructive sleep apnoea. You can take an OSA test to find out your risks.

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Is there any kind of therapy for females snoring and is it available on nhs please





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Please help im 28 year old married man and my snoring continues i will be divorced (yes it has come to that) i have tried the anti snore ring,the nose strips, mouth guard, mouth strips, and a vapour thing i read about. This cant continue i cant lose my wife it will tear me apart what can i do





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Hi my name is Fatima am 30 am not over weight I don't smoke and I don't drink ..so my snoring is destroying my relationships when ever I start seeing a man the relationship goes off the moment we spent the night together.so I really need your help





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hi i am 50 years old i have snored all my life i have gone from one relationship to an other it destroyed my marriage and it is now going to ruin every thing with the most amazing woman i have ever met and i have no way of stopping it i have tried all the spray's all the clips strips and guards i have lost 4 stone stopped smoking i run and swim i can.t loose her over this i need help badly pleas somebody help me keep my girl this time ....HELP ME PLEAS......





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I only started snoring badly after I had a hysterectomy 12 years ago. When I wake in the morning my nose runs like a tap. What could have caused the snoring to start?





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My husband is 47 has nasal polyps and sleep apnoea. It's destroying our relationship, the children can't sleep his respiratory arrest is frightening and the gp just won't refer him. He gets given nose drops & steroids & told lets wait and see. We can't afford private health care. He's tried everything strips, ring, mouth guards, sprays, blah blah. ... We just are at a loss. Help...Any suggestions?





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I'm 43 female, my partner says my snoring is really bad. I even started sleeping on the sofa because of this and it's affecting our relationship. I'm looking into surgery but don't know where to look or go, Can you advise me please.





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My husband has had a problem with a constant blocked nose for as long as I've known him and he says it's been an issue for a long as he can remember. It causes him to snore a lot and also causes him to constantly sneeze. His nose is always runny and we have no idea why. He's spoken to his GP about it before but was just given a nasal spray which made no difference. Whenever he sees his GP about any conditions he is never examined. They just guess and prescribe. Hence he hasn't gone back... any ideas? As it's driving us both crazy!!





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Please help me !!!!!!! My snoring is so bad that it is affecting my marriage. My wife has been sleeping on the sofa for the last ten years as she can't stand my snoring. I have tried the mouth guard, the nose strip and just about everything else that is available but nothing seems to work. I asked my g.p for help and was just told to stop smoking and lose weight. I lost a lot of weight then stopped smoking but that was no help at all as I still snore.so please please please help me before my wife leaves me .





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Hi Have you tried the good night anti-snoring ring. It's worn on your little finger and works using acupressure. Don't ask me how but it works. My partner snores like a bear. And before he brought this ring I slept with my headphones in most nights.so hey worth a go I'd say. You can buy them from boots or online Good luck

My husband is a snorer I was so tired it was effecting my job so unfortunately I have moved into the spare room snoring needs to be taken seriously yes we are both getting sleep now but it's not ideal couples sleeping seperatly





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Snoring is a sound made when you breathe through your mouth and nose when you are asleep. It happens when air does not move smoothly through your air passages, making tissue in your mouth, nose and throat vibrate as the air passes through. Read More »

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