Specialist expertise: COPD, Sleep, Snoring, Home Ventilation, General Respiratory Medicine, Respiratory Medicine.
Loud snoring can impact an individual’s sleep cycles and that of any bed partners. Research shows that often patients' lifestyle choices, such as weight management, changing sleeping position, and cutting down on drinking, smoking, and sleeping medication (if applicable) can help limit occasional snoring. In more chronic cases there are medical and surgical treatments that can help reduce snoring.
However, persistent or loud snoring should not be ignored. A patient that snores regularly (over 3 nights a week) and/or loudly (especially if loud enough to be heard in an adjacent room) may have a serious underlying health condition called obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). This is a serious health issue, and occurs when breathing repeatedly starts and stops while asleep. Untreated patients suffering from OSA increase their risk of developing serious health problems including strokes, heart failure, and hypertension. This risk rises in proportion to the severity of sleep apnoea, so measuring the severity can guide treatment decisions.