Post # 1
This is the first time DH and I have lived together, but I always knew he was a horrible snorer. Well the first week or so was okay because he miraculously wasn’t doing it, but it started again soon after and it is soooooo annoying!!! Idk what to do because it’s seriously messing up my sleep and making me cranky in the mornings. Does anybody have any suggestions on how to treat this issue? I’ve tried ear plugs and they were uncomfy and kept falling out. I’ve also tried falling asleep before him and was still woken up by the loudness…advice pleaseee!
Post # 3
@Lemon-Squeezy: Were you using the foam earplugs? If they were falling out you weren’t putting them in properly. I have to wear earplugs every night because FI snoring is so bad. He refuses to see a doctor about it, but I’m hoping he will eventually go. There are times I hear him over my earplugs it is so bad, and I will nudge him so he rolls over into a position where it is not as bad. He will get mad at me for waking him up, but my response is “so it is ok for you to keep me up all night but I can’t wake you up momentarily and we both go back to sleep?” that usually stops his complaining.
Post # 4
I had this issue too. DH started wearing those BreatheRight strips and that helps a lot. Aside from that I’ll sometimes take a benedryl about an hour before bed and it helps me get into a deeper sleep so he won’t wake me up, or if he does I can roll him over and go back to sleep easily.
I had tried ear plugs as well but ran into the issue of being able to hear myself breathing and that was just… no. I’d also looked into a device that’s basically headphones on a headband that connects to your mp3 player so I could drown him out with music but never got one.
Post # 5
@pixiecat: Yeah they were foam. But I also didn’t like it because I could still hear him even when they were in, and I had the sensation of being underwater because everything sounded all warped. Lol but I like that last thing you said. I’ll nudge DH and he gets mad as well but that’s a good way of looking at it.
@kryren: Which version of the strips does he use? I’ve looked at them before and realized they had a bunch of versions. I’d invest in them if they are really that helpful!
Post # 6
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@Lemon-Squeezy: Definitely try the strips and getting him to sleep in different positions first but if that still doesn’t work, it could be something more serious.
Is he overweight too? If so, it may be sleep apnea and he should get a check up just to be safe. My mom and I went on a girls trip together and she snored so badly I barely the slept the whole weekend. I encouraged her to see the doctor about it and after a sleep test she was diagnosed with sleep apnea. It can be fatal because it causes the heart to stop beating intermittantly. My mom now sleeps with an air flow device which alleviates the symptoms. Her doctor told her that I saved her life by sending her in.
Post # 7
@Lemon-Squeezy: He uses the max strength ones (we get them at Sam’s). He’s also constantly congested so they help with that as well.
Post # 8
If he’s snoring loud enough to keep you awake he should be assesed by his doctor and possibly have a polsomnnogram. In the meantime keep him off his back.
Remedies like sprays and nose strips are scamola.
FTR I’m a lab tech in a sleep lab.
Post # 9
Buy a powerful, good-quality box fan. I don’t know how people sleep without them.
Post # 10
Get a white noise machine or leave a fan running on low at night. It will help you block out some of the sound
Post # 11
@beachbride1216: He is a big guy so I was concerned it could be sleep apnea as well. He doesn’t have insurance at the moment but within the next few months he will so I’m definitely going to suggest a sleep specialist. Thank God your mom is okay!
@kryren: Okay cool thanks! DH also gets congested at night so I’m hoping they help.
@HappySky7: I will try to keep him off his back. Are they really a scam?
@MsW-to-MrsM: We have the fan on every night but it’s not loud enough, lol
Post # 12
@GeekChic: Where can I get a white noise machine?
Post # 13
I’ve learned that if I cuddle up to DH, he turns on his side and stops snoring.
Which is good, because before I just shoved him with my foot when he’d wake me up snoring!
Post # 14
My fiancé is a big snorer too. What helps us is to prop him up with pillows so he’s at an angle, not flat on his back. Or when he sleeps on his side it’s better too. I feel your pain…
Post # 15
@Lemon-Squeezy: They are. Snoring occurs in your upper airway. Stenting your nostrils open can help for congestion, but have no effect on the airway. Sprays are helpful for congestion, allergies, post nasal drip and to some extent inflammation. Very minimal usefulness for snoring.
Sleep apnea can be life threatening, and over time causes other health problems. He may also be having UARs, not OSA. (Long story short his snoring causes sleep fragmentation)
If he is overweight and feels tired/sleepy during the day or anything like that I would not be waiting to get him tested.
Keep an eye out for body jerks, kicking, things like that.
Edited sorry. My dang “y” is sticking on this keyboard. Ugh.
Post # 16
Ugh, I feel you. I have to wear ear plugs to bed though even when we don’t sleep together. Bad habit I got into when my sister and her newborn stayed with us for a while. I can hear him over my ear plugs as well and I used to gently nudge him to roll over but most of the time that lead to him rolling towards me and snoring right in my ear so I took to just physically turning him away from me. Sometimes he wakes up cranky but normally I just say “You are snoring really loud, please turn over” and he grumbles and does it.
Something we just have to live with and adapt to I guess. We tried the Breathe Right(?) strips and those didn’t do anything but wind up getting stuck in my hair in the middle of the night and pulling the skin off his nose.