Some of Ron Grunstein's patients make such obnoxious noises their partners chuck shoes, throw them out of bed or even divorce them.
On investigation, however, some of these super-snorers turn out not to be inconsiderate slobs, but to have life-threatening sleep apnea, where they literally stop breathing for short periods. The causes range from obesity to tumours in the pituatary gland.
Professor Ron Grunstein, Head of Sleep and Circadian Research at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research at the University of Sydney recalls: "We had a patient whose snoring was so bad that when he moored his boat on the Hawkesbury River this guy came over from a nearby inlet and said: 'You've got to turn off your engine at night'."
Story published in Sydney Alumni Magazine:
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