Frequently Asked Questions

Why can't I sleep?

Sleep can be disrupted by many things. Insomnia includes difficulty getting to sleep and also waking up in the night. Insomnia is common and happens in around 1 in 3 people at some time in their lives. There are many ways to improve sleep and we can exclude the common causes.

Will counting sheep help me sleep?

There are many habits that can improve sleep onset and getting back to sleep. These can be combined with changes to your exercise, eating habits and bedtime surroundings to help insomnia.

What is normal sleep?

The range of normal sleep is between 5 and 10 hours. Sleep occurs in cycles of different stages through the night. Often the most refreshing sleep happens early on in the night

What is the commonest allergy?

In the UK Hay fever is very common but the commonest allergy is to house dust mite and commonly causes nasal drip or blockage.

Is peanut allergy associated with other allergies?

allergy to peanut is sometimes associated with other nut allergies and can be associated with allergies to other plants and foodstuffs. Allergy testing can show you are only allergic to peanut but often small amounts of peanut are present in other nut product. A good rule of thumb i sonly to eat nuts from the shell.

Can Allergies be cured?

Most allergies cannot be cured. Where allergies cause severe or life threatening symptoms, there are some treatments to desensitise patients against some allergies such as bees wasps or pollens. In general avoidance and medical treatments are helpful.

What causes coughing while trying to sleep?

The lungs have cough receptors along the airways. Many diseases of the lungs cause cough symptoms but the commonest reasons for chronic cough include nasal allergy or indigestion.

Can exercise help snoring?

Often exercise can help reduce weight alongside changes to your diet and this can help snoring. Singing or exercises that improve muscle tone in the upper airway can help snoring.

Are there any operations for snoring?

Enlarged tonsils can cause snoring and a blocked nose may also be important. Tonsillectomy and nasal surgery can help in theses situations. There are several other surgical options for snoring from local anaesthetic procedures to stiffen the soft palate to general anaesthetic corrective surgery of the tongue, jaw or soft palate.

I am sleepy in the daytime; is my snoring causing sleepiness?

Sometimes snoring can cause sleepiness but usually this is a sign of obstructive sleep apnoea and can be helped with CPAP treatment.