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Dr Dawn:

We’ve been looking through all your questions on sleep problems and it seems that snoring is one of the things that concerns you most and a lot of you are asking if alcohol makes snoring worse. I’m afraid the simple answer is yes. If you or your partner suffers with snoring then cutting back on the booze is what you should do first.

And a question here from someone who says she thinks her boyfriends snoring has got worse since he took up smoking, is that related? Yes it is, actually smoking does make snoring worse so if you’re looking for an excuse to make him give up this could be it.

And a question here from a lady who’s 36 and says she’s only started snoring since she’s been pregnant. That’s probably mostly down to weight, we know that the heavier you are the more likely you are to snore but it may also be that you are now sleeping in a different position.
Lots of you have been asking how best to tackle problems with snoring. Well, as a first line, if you’re overweight you really need to deal with that and lose weight. If you smoke, you need to stop and you need to cut back on your alcohol. But if none of that works have a chat with your pharmacist because there are several over the counter remedy’s to help with snoring.

And a question here from a 28 year old chap, an well done you, you’ve lost weight, you’ve given up smoking and cut out the booze all together and I gather you’ve tried various different remedy’s to help with your snoring all to no avail. In extreme cases like yours we do sometimes think about operation on the soft palette to help with snoring so I think it’s worth going back to you GP and having a chat with him. He may well refer you to an ENT specialist.

And a question here from a lady who say’s every time her husband roles on his back he starts snoring and wakes her up, and actually that’s a very common problem. A patient of mine found her own solution, she insisted that her husband slept in a night shirt and she put a tennis ball wrapped in a hair scrunchie in the back which meant that every time he rolled over he felt uncomfortable and rolled back. I don’t know it’s clinically proven but it’s cheap and it’s worth a try!

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Doctor Responses: Snoring

All too common but not incurable, snoring can drive a wedge between you and your partner.

In this video Dr Dawn answers the most commonly asked questions about the subject. The majority of these questions were submitted by Embarrassing Bodies viewers in the comments section of our snoring condition guide.

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My partner is convinced that I have sleep apnea. For a good number of years I have woken with a dry mouth and have often woken during the night with a sudden fright and gasping for air. It appears to have got worse over the last 2-3 years.





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My partner tells me I snore and make a clicking sound when I sleep. Is there a cure or can I do anything to stop this. I can't settle in bed for fear of keeping him awake. Please can u advise





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Hi, my partner snores very loud and keeps me awake as soon as his head hits the pillow. He has tried all over the counter remedies and also visited the ENT doctor who prescribed remedies but to no avail. we sleep in seperate bedrooms just so that I can get a good night sleep but can not carry on like this as its not healthy for our relationship. The doctor has said there is nothing that can be done now as the NHS does not fund this problem anymore for patients?! can you please confirm and if so where do we go from here :-(





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I am exactly in this position. By May there will be a room free & I see myself using it. This is the last thing I ever wanted, but the sleep deprivation frightens me. M.

my grandma snore's so loud you can hear it were ever you go outside and inside the house ! help she stop's me from sleeping !she has alot of phoelm on her chest and i think she stop's breathing sometimes to be honest but i dont know. how can i get her to STOP snoring..? xxx :)





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Are you intending to do a programme on the problem of snoring and show how it comes about, and what the treatment can be and what the op is like? It would be much appreciated and take some of the fear away from the thought that it's impossible to sort out and life will only get more difficult the older one gets.





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my daughter is 12 years old and when she start snoring u can hear her from downstairs and the drs says that is k :( x





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hi my 6 year old son snores quite loudly and has done this for a couple of years. it seemed to start just after the first time he had tonsilitis and his tonsils have been swollen ever since, could this be whats causing him to snore?





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