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!
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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