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how does a loud snorer not wake up from the noisy snoring?

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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Environment: During sleep both rem and nrem there is decreased auditory input from our environment. Noises that would normally be disturbing are not heard. This is the same for other noises. Now if person is in a sleep transition or light sleep, oftentimes the person will wake up but not necessarily be aware that it is from snoring noise.
Dr. Robert Knox
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Wake Up Snoring: Loud snorers often do "wake up", but not due to the loudness of the snoring, but due to dropping oxygen in the blood. The wakes don't have to mean fully awake, but more commonly involve tossing and turning, especially if the snoring leads to reduction of airflow for more than ten seconds. Go see your doctor.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

A few weeks ago my husband started snoring all the time. Is there anything we can do about it?

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Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: It's possible that he has nasal congestion at night forcing him to be a mouth breather when he sleeps. This can lead to snoring. The nasal congestion can be due to allergies or a recent cold. Have your husband try otc decongestant nasal sprays and/or breathe right strips for several nights. If this doesn't work or he has pauses in his breathing, you should see an ent.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What can I do to stop snoring?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Stop Snoring: Multiple factors contribute to snoring. These can include anatomic issues such as a deviated septum, long or low lying palate, a small jaw, a large tongue, a short, thick neck as well as carrying extra weight in the abdomen. Once sleep apnea is ruled out, things like breathe right strips, weight loss and oral appliances can be tried. Septal deviation and palate issues can be surgically corrected.
A 26-year-old member asked:

Why do people snore? Does it point to any disease?

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Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Narrowed airway: Snoring happens as muscles relax during sleep and air flows through a floppier smaller airway . If snoring is chronic it may be a sign of sleep apnea (osa) that is associated with daytime sleepiness cardiovascular disease , diabetes and headaches for example.
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A 51-year-old member asked:

How do I stop a snoring husband?

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Dr. Strahil Atanasov
Sleep Medicine 38 years experience
4 main reasons: There are 4 predisposing factors for snoring: 1) being human 2) being male 3) overweight 4) nasal congestion apparently, there is nothing to be done about 1 and 2, so you need to concentrate on 3 and 4. You also need to consider the possibility that you are not dealing with simple snoring but snoring as a symptom of sleep apnea. Overall, snoring is not a laughing matter. I would take it seriously.
Dr. David Duhon
Dr. David Duhon commented
Sleep Medicine 35 years experience
Get him to a doctor who knows how to diagnose and treat sleep apnea. Snoring is merely annoying, but obstructive sleep apnea kills people.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

I snore really bad but only in the wintertime ... Anything what do you say doc?

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Dr. Strahil Atanasov
Sleep Medicine 38 years experience
Nasal congestion: Nasal congestion is the usual culprit: it forces you into mouth breathing and snoring. A primary care physician can usually help you take good care of your nose.

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