So sorry to hear about the symptoms that you are describing. I recommend that you speak with your doctor
. This is actually somewhat common among those who snore, unfortunately, as the turbulent airflow over the back of the throat can lead to swelling that makes the uvula inflamed and enlarged. This of course further disturbs the air flow and leads to further problems, resulting in an unfortunate cycle. While propping up your bed and sleeping on your side are good ideas, they do not reach at treating the true cause of the problem. It sounds as if you may have a condition known as sleep apnea, as you describe night time awakenings, poor sleep, and snoring. While none of these are diagnostic of obstructive sleep apnea, they are all very suggestive especially among males with a large neck and those who are overweight. This condition has been associated with numerous other medical problems, and can lead to further problems and deterioration of your overall health if it is left untreated. Speaking with your doctor about your concerns is an excellent first step towards treating your problem. A specialist such as a sleep medicine specialist
or an ear nose and throat surgeon
can be helpful. Please speak with your doctor.