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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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My partner snoring gets worse it keeps me up every night so i polity sleep on the sofa which i still can't sleep as it uncomfortable. Its brining me to the point of wanting to move out. Its way too much i suppose it doesn't help when my body needs extra sleep because of my own health problems. Tried a few things nothing seems to helping.





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My partner always kept me awake with his snoring, but now he wears an anti snoring ring and takes a strepsil before going to bed. Now he still snores but it doesn't keep me awake as much. Not a total solution but it does help :-)





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I have apparently just started to snore. why would this be? i'm28, not overweight, don't smoke, rarely drink. my partner says about 20-30 minutes after I fall asleep I start snoring (on my back or side!) just don't understand why this has started now





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Hi I am 29 years old and otherwise very healthy I used to be a fitness instructor and qualified personal trainer and have degree in sports and exercise science. I have serve OSA I have been working with the royal ENT the last couple of years and my last meeting was told "were out of option". They don't listen to anything I say which is similar to all the comments on here. My weight is fine, I told them my nose is constantly blocked but they thought it wise to give me a cpap machine with a nose mask of course it didn't work. they don't seem to understand what the obstruction is let alone remove it although this year I had a an operation cutting out and recreating the back of my throat. like others my partner also suffers as sleeping next to me is impossible. I am very angry and so very sad I don't know what to do now but giving up isn't really an option.





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Try use your tommy to sleep than facing it up. Ask a friend/partner/family to help control it for you by tapping you anytime you snores.





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The nhs , in my experience , have no interest in helping snorers . They obviously don't think it's a serious problem . It has almost made me quit my job as I work on an oil rig and have to share a tiny cabin with another female !! None of us get nearly enough sleep !!!! As for at home with my partner , it is really testing us !!!! Listen doctors !!! Snoring is a serious issue !!! We need help ! Please !





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I suffer with sleeping apnoea have also got a C pack machine which I sleep with every night but don't like using the machine is there anything I can do to stop using this machine, i'm not sure if the problem stems from me having big breasts I am forward to 42F and I noticed when I lie down to sleep my chest seems to be up towards my chin so would that be the cause of it





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Hi, im really upset about my snore extremely loud ,, my nose always blocked , I try many medicine but , the problem is still please help me ,, thnanks ,.





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Plz Help I was 16 stone when I had sleep apneo But Now Im Only 11 stone 6lb and My Snoreings Got worse soon as I fall asleep I snore all way though till I wake up.My Healthy weight is around what I am Now so why do I still snore so loud.I Dont Drink/Smoke and when I go to to my throat and nose is clear.





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hi my snoring is creating a major problem between my partner and I, we now have to sleep in separate rooms, I have been referred to Ent and they said my nose was clear but suggested sprays which did nothing I snore from the back of my throat and have bought mouth guards which do nothing I have had sleep tests which were fine, we are desperate can you help its ruining everything.





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I have exactly the same problems as you and only wish I could help. Unfortunately for both of us I don't have the answer but live in hope that somebody does - neither my partner nor I have had a night's sleep in over 10 years.

Hi I have also had and ENT sleep study, the overnight machine. As I have not heard I guess they consider my case if not serious. I find myself in another bedroom. I was amazed watching this weeks show that the consultant could do something to resolve the probelm. I was told there was nothing they could do unless I had sleep apnear!! It makes me feel very sad.


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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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