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Dr. Abby
Dr. Abby, Board Certified MD
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Experience:  Family Physician, practicing medicine for over 10 years, United States
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What is the treatment for snoring? I have a serious problem.

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what is the treatment for snoring? I have a serious problem . I wake up in the morning tired and it is affecting my marriage.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 7 years ago.
Have you had any workup for snoring?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 7 years ago.
Thank you for clarifying,

I know how difficult it can be for both you and your husband.
Do you have any chronic health problems such as thyroid disease (that you know of) or high blood pressure?
Do you fall asleep during the day easily?
What is your current height and weight?

Dr Abby
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

I do not have any chronic health proplems.

I fall asleep any time of the day very easily.

I am 5 '7' , and weigh 12 stones.

Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 7 years ago.
Thank you,

There are two routes that you can take next.

I would suggest this one first--have a sleep evaluation done. You may have something called sleep apnea, which is a disorder where you may stop breathing at night briefly. Symptoms of sleep apnea include snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness.
People who are overweight are at increased risk for developing this disorder.
If you have this, it can be treated with a machine called a CPAP. This will keep you from having these apneic episodes, stop the snoring, and allow you to get refreshing sleep.

Here is some information for you about sleep apnea:

You can also consider seeing an ENT (ears nose throat) for evaluation. I would do this if you have chronic nasal congestion and enlarged tonsils that may be leading to your snoring.

Please let me know if you have any follow up questions and I will be happy to answer them for you,

Dr Abby

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