10 Minute consultation - Snoring
An overweight, 49 year old male smoker attends your surgery with his wife. His snoring, which has been a running joke in the family, has become worse in the last six months, and his wife now sleeps in a separate room. When the couple stayed in a hotel recently his noise was remarked on by other guests. They want to know what they can do.
Simple snoring is common in Britain (prevalence of up to 40%). You should assess the nature of the snoring, its effect on patient and partner, modifiable factors, and presence of any features indicating the more serious condition of obstructive sleep apnoea.