Snoring is no laughing matter

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Not getting enough quality sleep could result in relationship breakdowns, low libido, lack of energy and memory loss!

Snoring is the subject of many a joke by the likes of cartoonists and by those who don’t suffer from it or sleep next to it. However if you are a persistent snorer or someone whose sleep is badly affected by night time chorting and snorting, you are almost certainly feeling the effects of not getting enough quality sleep, symptoms such as irritability, lack of energy, persistent tiredness, memory loss, low libido, impaired concentration and depression. It can be a frustrating and miserable affair in every sense. 

Snoring is associated with a stage of deep relaxing sleep yet nothing could be further from the truth as the noise created can be indicative of a serious sleep disorder and/or respiratory problems. Relationship breakdowns are also known to be a serious and unfortunate bi-product of snoring, not because of the illness but more often than not, due to the affected person’s reluctance to do anything about it.

The good news is that you could be soon laughing as the only proven help is now available in Ireland and is just a phone call away. You can also check out our snoring section for more info & advice. The treatments available at the Fitzwilliam Private Clinic focus on the cause of snoring.  The most common cause is a nose blockage, which can be treated in as little as 15 minutes, painlessly under local anaesthetic and you’ll be right to get on with life immediately after.

The vast majority of us snore at some point, however, an estimated 30% of men and 10% of women in Ireland are in danger of developing conditions such as sleep apnoea, the Greek word for “without breath” which can cut life short in an instant if not prevented. To establish whether you or a loved one should take action, here are the tell tale signs to watch out for:


  • Interrupted breathing while asleep (observed by sleeping partner)
  • Loud snoring
  • Weight gain over your adult life (especially in the region of the stomach)
  • High blood pressure and adult diabetes
  • Excessive tiredness or sleepiness in the daytime
  • Headache or confusion when awakening
  • Rythmic limb or body movements when asleep
  • Male sexual impotence
  • Continual awakening during the night
  • Sleep terrors or nightmares
  • Excessive perspiration during the night
  • Night time leg cramps
  • Teeth grinding while asleep

Professor Yves Kamami ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeon who operates at the Fitzwilliam Private Clinic is a world leading authority in his field with over twenty years experience in a variety of ENT related procedures. He is also the person who invented the Laser Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) – a simple laser procedure to stop snoring, which he successfully carries out in Dublin, London and Paris. He has done over 400 procedures in Ireland alone, published books and has written several publications on the LAUP procedure as well as lecturing and holding seminars throughout France on ENT related operations.

Tightening the soft palate – Bipolar Radiofrequency Termotherapy (RFITT) is a short pain-free and highly affordable treatment.  It uses a radio frequency to tighten the muscle within the soft palate so that it vibrates less during sleep. PRFITT is most suitable for those with smaller uvulas and soft palates.

Reducing noisy vibration – Laser Assisted Uvuloplatoplasty (LAUP) is a simple procedure performed under localanaesthetic. It involves freeing the airways and increasing oxygen supply by shrinking the uvula and remodeling the excess vibrating soft tissue. By preventing snoring, LAUP can lift mood, increase energy levels, improve memory and recharge the libido.

Each of these treatments takes around 15 minutes to perform and all are carried out under local anaesthetic so you will not experience any pain during treatment.  You can book your consultation on line by visiting our snoring clinic page, calling 01 662 9908 or emailin us at