Sleep apnoea and snoring advice     

Snoring can be a symptom of a disorder called sleep apnoea, which is hard to identify and has serious health risks.

General snoring advice

  • Don’t drink alcohol within 3 hours of bedtime.
  • Quit smoking. Smoking causes nasal and lung congestion, a major cause of snoring
  • If you’re overweight, try to lose weight with exercise and eating less.
  • Sleep on your side instead of your back. There are a variety of products designed to help you sleep on your side – a position that can decrease snoring – which can help some people.
  • Try sleeping without a pillow. Pillows can contribute to airway obstruction by bending your neck out of alignment.

About sleep apnoea

Sleep apnoea is when the throat narrows or closes during sleep and repeatedly interrupts your breathing. This results in a fall in the blood’s oxygen levels. The difficulty in breathing causes the brain to wake you up.

Symptoms of sleep apnoea:

  • snoring
  • episodes during sleep where you stop breathing
  • restless/unrefreshing sleep
  • frequent trips to the toilet every night
  • morning headaches
  • excessive daytime sleepiness and irritability
  • poor concentration

Contact your GP if you are concerned that you may have sleep apnoea or need help regarding snoring