Sleep Disorders

Updated 11 August 2014

Snoring towards divorce?

It’s 2:30am and your partner has thumped you in the ribs for the umpteenth time, growling the old refrain, "Turn over, you’re snoring".

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It’s 2:30am and your partner has thumped you in the ribs for the umpteenth time, growling the old refrain, “Turn over, you’re snoring”. How do you restore harmony and silence to this unhappy scene before your significant other attacks you?

Take action:
Cut your chances of sounding like a chainsaw by: not drinking or eating less than three hours before bedtime; joining the gym – improved muscle tone and being physically tired will help you sleep; learning to sleep on your side – sewing a tennis ball into the back of your sleep shirt can help; elevating the head of your bed; ridding your bedroom of potential allergens such as dust and down-filled pillows or bed linen; wearing a nasal strip – not everyone likes them, but it’s worth a shot; and seeing your doctor if the problem persists.

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Dr Alison Bentley is a general practitioner who has consulted in sleep medicine and sleep disorders, in both adults and children of all ages, for almost 30 years. She also researches and publishes on a number of sleep-related topics both in formal research journals and lay publications including as editor of Sleep Matters, an educational newsletter on sleep disorders for doctors.

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