DEAR DEIDRE: WHEN he is asleep, my husband snores, snorts, clicks, pops and whistles. He also holds his breath for up to 20 seconds at a time.
If I complain, he just tells me to sleep somewhere else. So I end up spending a lot of the night in the spare room.
He also falls asleep in the afternoon and will sit and snore loudly, on and off, for an hour or more. If I complain, again he will just tell me to go somewhere else so I can’t hear him.
I’ve asked him to see his doctor about this, but he refuses, saying it’s perfectly normal.
I feel as though it’s my fault because I don’t like listening to it.
I’m 66 and my husband’s 68.
DEIDRE SAYS: Your husband may have sleep apnoea, when the sufferer stops breathing at night which can be dangerous.
Tell him firmly that you’ve had enough and insist that he make time to see his doctor.
My support pack on snoring should help.
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It can be caused by weight issues and by heavy drinking, too.
If either of these are relevant, it would be worth encouraging him to cut down on the booze and/or get healthy.
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