QUESTION
Doctor I am at a loss. I feel extremely embarrassed lately due to comments from recent sexual partners. Apparently I snore really badly and the volume is loud enough to wake up others. As an eligible bachelor am seriously worried about this – can it be treated or not?
I am a 49 year old male with a history of high blood pressure and asthma. Occasionally I wheeze at night time and use a Venteze pump for relief. Sometimes I suffer from severe headaches . I drink alcohol very rarely ( about a pint every 2 months) and only smoke about 10 cigarettes a day.
How or what do I do to stop the snoring. Generally there seems to be an association of my snoring to my workload , or when I am very tired. Apparently my father had the same problem before he passed away , but suffered from a stroke recently.
Please can you assist in any way and thanks for taking the time to help people who cant afford specialist appointments.

ANSWER
SNORING is a nightmare for many households – both the partners and sometimes even the children of snorers are adversely effected due to the sleep disruption in the home. The typical complaints are made by spouse or sexual partners. The victims of snoring suffer from increased daytime sleepiness as well as signs of high blood pressure and chronic headaches.
The vicious circle of allergy related problems leading to blocked noses and post nasal drips compounded by alcohol use and decreased muscle tone of the throat muscles. This can be made worse in conjunction with obesity leading to an obstructed airway – remembering that there are other contributing factors such as sleeping position and the nature shape or anatomy of the airway that can worsen matters.
From your question it is quite clear with your history of Asthma and a wheezing chest that you could well suffer from seasonal allergic rhinitis, a chronic condition associated with an overactive immune response to certain irritants or allergens.
In addition remember that smoking often dries out the mucous membranes and causes thickening of secretions. This adds to the swollen narrowed airway. People underestimate the important of sufficient hydration and as this assists in mobilizing dust particles and assists with a healthy airway. We often forget that alcohol as well as caffeine can contribute to dehydration or what many people call “drogies”.

So when is snoring dangerous or bad for me ?
When conservative measures and risk factors as mentioned are addressed with little or no effect – help should be sought. Health risks are excessive sleepiness , headaches that are persistent as well as signs on blood pressure increases and inexplicable weight gain.
These signs are important for identifying Obstructive Sleep apnoea. For accurate diagnosis a sleep test is required which analyses your breathing and oxygen saturation rates as you sleep indicating pauses or phases when you just “cease” to breath for a period and oxygen delivery to the brain is then lowered.
Who can help me find out if I have OSA ( obstructive sleep apnoea) ?
There are dedicated sleep clinics and labs nationwide who specialize in the sleep disorders and use accurate methods when monitoring sleep parameters. The specialists that usually refer are informed physicians, neurologists and off course ENT specialists.

ELIGIBLE BACHELOR’S CONCERN ABOUT SNORING !!

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