Hello! My husband has had Parkinsons for about 18 years. He is 72. Recently he has started snoring badly at night and I wonder if this is brought about by the loss of muscle tone in his face? His speech is slurred at times and difficult to understand which I believe must also be connected to lack of muscle tone. Does anyone have any suggestions or comments to make?

Hi @Bubble,

A warm welcome to the Parkinson’s UK forum.

Sleep and night-time problems are common in Parkinson’s. They can affect you at any stage of the condition. It sounds to me like your husband may have sleep apnoea, you can get more information and tips on this via the British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association here:

Similar to sleep problems, speech problems are also common with people with Parkinson’s - I think you should consult with your husband’s Parkinson’s nurse or GP about his speech as they may need to refer him to a speech therapist. This is important because a speech and language therapist can uncover any issues, help you manage them and stop them becoming worse. Please visit our website for more info on this here:

Also we have a confidential and free helpline with a team of advisers who can offer you more support on your queries. Please give us a call on 0808 800 0303 Monday-Friday: 9am-7pm, Saturday: 10am-2pm.

Best wishes,
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