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Snoring at night. Feeling tired after waking up. How will it be cures? Any ideas?

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My partner(male) snores so bad it's like he rattles the house and on many occasions he jolts in his sleep on many occasions this is so bad that it wakes me. Unfortunately the snoring has got worse over the past 6 months and I'm starting to sleep down stairs as I can't sleep myself due to this also when he wakes in the morning he is forever tired and has no energy to do anything and then on some occasions he is just none stop busy. He also feels down sometimes but I think this is due to his sleeping.he does not drink any alcohol unless there is a special occasion and that is like once or twice a year nor does he smoke.thats another thing sometimes when he wakes he actually looks like he has been on a night out as his eyes are all blood shot. Any ideas?
Posted Sat, 1 Sep 2012 in Sleep Disorders
Answered by Dr. Rajeev Chavda 2 hours later
Thanks for using the XXXXXXX I am happy to address your questions, Snoring can lead to poor sleep and daytime fatigue, irritability, and increased health problems. Snoring happens when one can't move air freely through nose and mouth during sleep. It’s caused by a narrowing of airway, either from poor sleep posture or abnormalities of the soft tissues in throat. A narrow airway gets in the way of smooth breathing and creates the sound of snoring. Thankfully, sleeping in separate bedrooms isn’t the only remedy for snoring. Causes of snoring could be as one reaches middle age and beyond, throat becomes narrower, and the muscle tone in throat decreases. Men have narrower air passages than women and are more likely to snore, often hereditary. Blocked airways make inhalation difficult and create a vacuum in the throat, leading to snoring. Being overweight or out of shape and poor muscle tone contribute to snoring. Sleeping flat on back causes the flesh of throat to relax and block the airway. The first step to solving a snoring problem is to find the cause of your snoring and rule out sleep apnea. Sleep positions reveal a lot, and figuring out how one snores can reveal why the snore. Closed-mouth snoring may indicate a problem with tongue. Open-mouth snoring may be related to the tissues in throat. Snoring when sleeping on back is probably mild snoring – improved sleep habits and lifestyle changes may be effective cures. Snoring in all sleep positions can mean snoring is more severe and may require a more comprehensive treatment. Home remedies and lifestyle changes can go a long way in resolving the problem. Losing even a little bit of weight & exercise can reduce fatty tissue in the back of the throat. Smoking causes airways to be blocked by irritating the membranes in the nose and throat, will recommend to quit. Any medications, sleep pills can encourage a deeper level of sleep which can make snoring worse. Elevating head four inches may ease breathing and encourage your tongue and jaw to move forward. Avoid caffeine and heavy meals within two hours of going to bed, especially dairy products. Avoid sleeping on back, as gravity makes it more likely for your tongue and soft tissues to drop and obstruct airway. If yet there is no improvement, then kindly get him examined by your physician for additional therapy. Hope I have answered your query. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help. Thanks
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Follow-up: Snoring at night. Feeling tired after waking up. How will it be cures? Any ideas? 9 minutes later
Thank you for your reply. He does sleep in any position and still the noise is beyond. Weather I sleep upstairs or down stairs it's as though he is in the same room the noise is so bad.
Answered by Dr. Rajeev Chavda 6 minutes later
Thanks for kind response, as suggested snoring will need lifestyle changes as mentioned above. If your own efforts to stop snoring do not help, consult your physician or an otolaryngologist who may advocate Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) to keep the airway open during sleep, a machine at your bedside blows pressurized air into a mask that can be worn over nose or face. Traditional surgery such as Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), Thermal Ablation Palatoplasty (TAP), tonsillectomy, and adenoidectomy, increase the size of airway by surgically removing tissues or correcting abnormalities. The Pillar procedure is also an effective surgery in which small plastic implants are inserted into the soft palate. Scar tissue grows around the implants, stiffening the soft palate, which stops vibrations that cause snoring. Latest is the Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) and somnoplasty to remove parts of the soft palate to reduce snoring using lasers or radiofrequency signals. If you do not have any clarifications, you can close the discussion and rate the answer. Wish you good health
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