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SEX DOCTOR: ISSUE OF THE WEEK.. END THAT SNORING.

Byline: Dr Catherine Hood

IT'S National Stop Snoring Week. As trivial as it may seem, snoring is a major cause of marital breakdown and relationship stress. If you're guilty then help is at hand.

THE GUILTY

IT'S estimated there are 15 million snorers in the UK. Men are more likely to snore than women as are those who are overweight. Snorers are three times more likely to suffer high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes than nonsnorers.

THE CAUSE

THE rattling noise is caused by vibrations of the soft palate and other flapping tissue in the nose, mouth and throat.

TESTING YOUR SNORE

TREATMENT depends on where the snoring is coming from. Try these tests designed by the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association...

1. The nose test: Block one nostril with your finger. Close your mouth and breathe through the other nostril. If the open nostril collapses, prop it open with a matchstick. If this makes it easier to breathe then try nasal dilators.

2. The mouth-breathing test: If you can only make a snoring noise with your mouth open then you're a mouth breather. Try chin-up straps to keep your mouth closed.

3. The tongue test: If you can't make your snoring noise with your tongue stuck out, then the noise can be coming from vibrations from the tongue base. A mouth guard to keep the tongue forward at night can help.

MIXED PICTURE

MANY people will fit into more than one category and trying a variety of products will help.

Write to Dr Cath c/o The Sex Doctor, Sunday Mirror Features, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AP or email drcath@sundaymirror.co.uk Sorry, but she can't reply personally to you
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Date:Apr 29, 2007
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