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Snoring is common and can be a symptom or a cause of sleep disturbance. Most people who snore remain perfectly well and don’t feel sleepy during the day, but they may be more sensitive to the effects of alcohol or sedatives. Severe snoring may be a sign of obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome, a condition caused by brief blockages of the upper airway during sleep. You’re more likely to have it if:

  • you’re obese
  • you have a thick neck
  • you smoke
  • you have diabetes
  • you have a persistent blocked nose.

Obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome can cause long-term (chronic) fatigue. It can be diagnosed by measuring the level of oxygen in your blood while you’re sleeping.

Treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome can include:

  • weight control
  • avoiding alcohol
  • positive airway pressure (which involves wearing a mask that is during the night)
  • surgery to clear a blockage in the upper airway
  • drug therapy.
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