Post # 1
In the last year or so, my fiancé’s snoring has gotten worse. He used to only do it when he had a cold or was stuffed up, now it’s almost every night. I have to keep poking him in the night to get him to shift to his side (he usually sleeps flat on his back which makes it even worse). Sometimes one of us just leaves. He’s tried a mouthguard thing to hold his jaw open more, but it doesn’t stop it completely and he says it hurts his mouth. Earplugs bug me way too much to sleep with – I’ve tried a few kinds – and trust me, he snores loud enough that it doesn’t matter!
Does anyone have any suggestions? Is there such a thing as a snoring surgery to cure it once and for all? (I’ve googled this but I get conflicting results) I’m hoping someone can share a success story!
Post # 3
My husband has used those nose strip things…Breathe Right might be what they are called. They worked for him for awhile. I’ve just gotten used to it though and can barely sleep without his snoring.
It’s definitely not awful though.
Post # 4
I wish I could get used to it… his snoring is very irregular though. Snuffling and heavy breathing and then BAM a huge snort that scares the crap out of me and literally shakes the bed.
Post # 5
i have no idea how well this works, but i’ve heard of people sewing a tennis ball into the back of their pajamas so that it prevents them from sleeping on their back, therefore minimizing snoring.
but if your fiance is as heavy a sleep as my husband is, this may not work. the man could sleep thru a tornado, hah.
Post # 6
@Birdee106: Hey my FMIL ship those to us from the states ALL THE TIME. I have terrible sinus issues and FI is a snorer. He snores terribly, and it has helped!
Post # 7
@Pinkmoon: Hi, I’m a polysomnography tech. If he’s having small snores that escalate, then “BAM” a huge snort as you say, you need to have him checked for sleep related breathing disorders. Especially if he tends to sleep on his back. Breathe right strips are a scam. Snoring occurs in your upper airway, not in your nostrils.
Seriously, if he’s having apnea, that can be life threatening. Get it checked out properly please.
Post # 8
This is a horribly rude question, but has he gained weight over the last couple of years? My fiance never used to snore, and then he gained about 20 lbs over the course of a year or two and it was horrible! I swear the snoring shook the bed. But now that he’s dropped the weight, it’s almost completely stopped. He still snores if he’s sick or if his head is tilted back (like if he falls asleep on the couch), but that’s rare.
Post # 9
DH wakes me up with his snoring (which is hard to do since I have slept through a search party looking for me with sirens blaring) so I like to smack him really hard when he starts snoring. Sometimes he wakes up, sometimes he rolls over, and sometimes he continues snoring. Then I kick him and it usually works. He wakes up and is like ‘oh babe, I hope I didn’t wake you. I woke myslef up snoring again” when in reality, it was a smack to the chest. every.single.time. works like a charm
I HATE being woken up.
Post # 10
@Pinkmoon: Echoing what @YUNO1: said. He should get a medical assessment.
Post # 11
I take one pink benedryl before bed, works like a charm and DH can snore like an irregular chainsaw and flip and flop all he wants.
Post # 12
@HappySky7: I agree, it sounds like it could be sleep apnea!
In that case, a CPAP machine will save both of you.
Or if it’s just a thing that’s going to be going on forever … my aunt and her husband sleep in different rooms. On different floors. That is how loud he snores. It’s certainly not the ideal, but it works for them and keeps them both well-rested and happy!
Post # 13
@HappySky7: Oh I never considered that. I’ve been telling him to get to a doctor so that I can sleep, but we never thought it was any danger to him. Thanks for the warning – I’ll have him make an appointment.
@lilchicana: Haha he suggested that to me actually! Haven’t tried it though.
@MariContrary: No, he hasn’t – not fat at least. He’s always been a skinny guy but he’s been doing P90X for the last 8 months or so and gaining more muscles.
Post # 14
@iarebridezilla: We might have the same aunt haha. Yah, we’ve been sleeping apart sometimes which is great for sleeping, but I do feel bad not sleeping together.
Post # 15
@Pinkmoon: UGH I totally understand. We are dealing with the SAME thing. He used to snore only when he had a cold, or had been drinking that evening. It got to the point where I was so tired, I would just cry because all I wanted to do was sleep, and I felt like he didnt care – he got to sleep, and I had to suffer through his chainsawing.
What’s worked for us:
1) Breathe Right Strips – the extra large size. They seem to work better than the smaller ones. Go industrial with that shit.
2) Claritin. It helps to keep him from being suffed. Just dont take it too close to bedtime or he won’t sleep.
3) Sleeping on his side. I know you mentioned this in your original post, but it really makes a huge difference.
If all else fails, smother him and hide the body.
Post # 16
@Pinkmoon: Here’s an obvious example of what it sounds like. I don’t approve of his friends laughing at him in this video, but this is a good example.
Most apnea patients are not this obvious. Trying to keep him off his back in the mean time may help. The good news is if you’re in Canada the testing and treatment is usually covered. What part of Canada are you in?