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Don't Be A Bore On Father's Day

Last month Jane and Eric Black visited our sleep clinic. Jane had been getting increasingly irritated with Eric's snoring as it had got to the point where she wasn't getting any sleep, was feeling quite unwell as a result and had started sleeping on the settee. Eric was getting irritated with the whole situation as he had tried a variety of snoring remedies but all to no avail. So what could we do to help them?

Eric is in his early 60s and has been snoring for more than 30 years. Jane described his nightly snoring as very loud but with breathing pauses throughout the night. Eric felt excessively tired during the day and was struggling to cope with work and home life. Clearly, both Eric and Jane needed some help to get them both sleeping well. With Eric's symptoms it was clear that he was suffering from more than simple snoring so we immediately set up a 'home sleep study' to see what was happening during his sleep.

The results of the study showed that Eric was suffering from sleep apnoea. The next day Eric came back to the clinic to receive his treatment. CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) keeps the airways open and eliminates snoring and breathing pauses.

A fortnight later, Jane telephoned to say that both their lives had completely changed since Eric stopped snoring because he was sleeping well, Eric was no longer tired during the day and had started going to the gym three times a week. He was coping much better at work, his memory was better and his colleagues had noticed that he was more sociable than before. Jane was delighted as she was no longer sleeping on the settee, was able to sleep through the whole night and felt her health was much better for it. After 30 years' of poor sleep, Jane and Eric were delighted that Eric's problem had been identified, diagnosed and treated in just one week.

The British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association's sleep clinic is a confidential service, therefore the names of the patients in this case history have been changed.