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Snoring problems
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Tom A    Posted 02-03-2003 at 05:03:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
The wife and I are junior high sweethearts, been through many separations while I was at college and throughout a career in the Army. Have raised 2 kids to young adults. We've always been best friends through thick and thin, no matter what.

But now we've started not really fighting, but there's been some tense moments. Over the last year or so I've started snoring. Very infrequently at first, but now often enough maybe once a week or fortnight. Sometimes it gets loud enough to keep one or both of us awake.

At first there was good-natured ribbing. When I know I'm doing it, I've moved to the couch or the spare bedroom, but I don't always know I'm doing it until *she* leaves for the couch or spare bedroom. Lately she is gets angry when that happens, and we'll go the first hour of the next morning tense and maybe ticked off with each other. She's mad 'cuz I've kept her up, and I'm mad 'cuz she's mad like this is something I can control.

After the last bad time, I started to move to the spare bedroom to sleep, but she stopped me. Neither one of us likes sleeping alone--we did enough of that while I was in the Service!

So: anybody got any advice, either on reducing my snoring or living with it?

thanks,
Tom


Jimbob    Posted 02-03-2003 at 19:37:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I had the same problem- loud snoring & sometimes stop breathing for 10 seconds or so. I had surgery. Removed tonsils, adnoids & uvula (thing dangling in the center) plus cutting back the roof of the mouth a little. Sounds terrible, was eating however carefully the next day. Two weeks later, never knew I had the operation. (I was 52). I rarely snore & it is quiet. Cost $10K, however insurance covered it as I was tested for sleep apania. Good luck!


Hal/WA    Posted 02-03-2003 at 17:31:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have always had a hard time getting to sleep--once I'm asleep, I stay asleep fine. The last couple of years my wife has started to snore, especially when she is just asleep. This kept me from nodding off until I took the initiative and started using foam ear plugs. Very little trouble from her snoring since then.

The foam plugs cost very little and are not hard to deal with for most people. I suggest you present your wife with a few pairs of plugs to try. The best ones can be obtained from a medical supply house. I like the very soft green ones the best.

My wife tells me that I snore too. It doesn't seem to bother her too much. Once in awhile she nudges me and tells me to change positions to stop snoring.

My brother had a "sleep study" done on him at the hospital and learned that he has sleep apnea. He now wears a mask hooked to a machine that gives positive pressure when he sleeps. His wife said this really cuts down on his snoring too, and he also sleeps more soundly. This might be something to look into through your doctor.

My wife and I have been together for many years and I find that I don't sleep nearly as well if she is not in bed with me. The ear plugs did the job for me. Good luck!


Nobody should ever be blamed or held responsible    Posted 02-03-2003 at 11:02:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
For something they do in their sleep. Holy Jesus. How can you help it. My husband snores like a freight train going through a tunnel in a hurricane. I bought a fifteen dollar box fan, set it on my side of the bed on high and I didn't hear anything but that fan after about three days.


doc    Posted 02-03-2003 at 10:56:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
try duct tape, over mouth only


Nurse    Posted 02-03-2003 at 20:30:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Also some tin foil on the nose at the same time works too!


Gary, Mt. Hermon, La.    Posted 02-03-2003 at 10:49:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't knoe if I snore or not and wife's deaf (really) so it't not an issue for her, but my parents finally went for seperate bedrooms, but they been married 53 years. Dad wakes himself up he is so loud. He's tried pillows etc nothing works for him. Good luck.


Mike D.    Posted 02-03-2003 at 07:38:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Tom,
I know a friend that uses those strips like football players use to keep their noses open good. He swears it has stopped his snoring. You can buy them at most good drug stores. Good luck.


cowgirlj    Posted 02-03-2003 at 07:25:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey Tom
We have been dealing with his same issue, just recently. My Honey is trying an over the counter spray. So far it seems to be working. He starts off snoring lightly until he is soundly sleeping, and then it just fades to nothing. The product is made from natural oils, and doesn't taste bad. It is called Breathe Right, Snore Relief. Now, it might not work for long, but in the mean time, I'll take whatever extra sleep time I can get.
Good Luck,
j


Patria / PR    Posted 02-03-2003 at 05:39:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Tom A
Last year doctors started me on medications for a health condition. I never had snoring problems before this, or should I say my husband, because he's the one who moves to the spare room when he can't get me to stop snoring. We don't fight over this and he's loving and considerate, but like you, we are ready to look for a solution. I had to stop the medications for a week and during that time I did not snored. I'm back in the medications again.
Gezzzzzzzzzzzzzzz I hate this, is not ladylike:-)


Dave    Posted 02-03-2003 at 05:31:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Man, I feel for ya. I got lucky. My snoring luls my wife to sleep. Sometimes I stay up reading a little after she goes to bed and sometimes she can't sleep until I go to sleep, so she wants me to go to bed when she does.
There are several peoducts on the market for you to try. Go to your local drug store or walmart and start trying them, is what I'd do. You could check out some of the pages on the link below.
I don't really believe in luck, but I'll say it anyway....
Good Luck :)
DR


DeadCarp    Posted 02-03-2003 at 05:29:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
See a doctor Tom - there's a simple surgical procedure that can cure snoring. Years ago my grandma got so tired of grampa snoring, she went and got the pepper shaker, took the top off and dumped it in his mouth. I think surgery would be better :)


Patria / PR    Posted 02-03-2003 at 07:05:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Oh my gawd...my husband's lurking around here from time to time. I'll have to think of something to keep him away today. I like pepper on my food only thank you.


ILFlatlander    Posted 02-03-2003 at 06:46:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Could anyone tell me what kind of surgical procedure that is? My husband snores terribly and went to the doctor. They told him I had to keep a journal of when he snored before they did anything about it. Kind of hard to do when I work midnights and we sleep in the same bed 2 nights a week! He tried some over the counter stuff and it didn't work.
Thanks for any advice!


IL    Posted 02-03-2003 at 06:54:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I started out following Dave's link above and found the one I just pasted below.

It basically says most of the over-the-counter stuff won't work, and talks about some ideas including info on surgery and some non-surgery things too.

Surgery is *my* personal last resort, but I'm still open to any and all ideas including surgery.
I don't want this to cost me my best friendship.


old fart    Posted 02-05-2003 at 03:55:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you have insurance get your family doctor to request you see a specialist for sleep disorder problems.I personally went through sleep test three years ago and currently sleep with a machine that pressures the throat to keep your mouth closed and to breathe thru the nose. It is called c-pap. It all works with air pressure. You will feel like a different person when you wake up from a good nights rest and no snoring to wake anyone. This is an alternate choice that is alot cheaper than the surgrey if you don't mind sleeping with a vacum cleaner per say.


Patria / PR    Posted 02-03-2003 at 07:21:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
IL
I've been seriously 'thinking' about starting a research for problem snoring. Your link to the website mentions the cause for mine. Good info as a starting point. Thank You.


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