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Share your snoring woes and cures

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ShadeMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 22-Apr-13 17:00:43

If you share a bed with a snorer, night times can be an exhausting experience. Or worse, if you're the one tooting like a foghorn, they can be horribly embarrassing. To mark National Stop Snoring Week (22 - 26 April) please would you share any sound tips - short of kipping elsewhere - you've discovered for getting some undisturbed shut-eye, or making sure your DP gets a little.

Anifrangapani Mon 22-Apr-13 21:21:09

We go to bed several hours apart. It is either that or divorce papers. A no fault divorce - we are both really bad. He also grinds his teeth and I talk and flail. So in context the snoring isn't that bad.

DH bought a cheap mouthguard for a couple of quid from eBay, with the intention of forking out for a proper Snoreguard if it worked. It works fine (reduces snoring by about 80-90%) and he still hasn't got around to buying the expensive one.

DH tried the mouthguard but it didn't really work, the worst thing was it sometimes fell out and there would be this disgusting slimy thing in the bed. He really needs to lose weight, but just doesn't seem to have the motivation. Poking him has no effect, he snores whatever position he is in and I can thump him pretty hard to no effect. Hissing swearwords sharply at him works better. Can't wear earplugs because I wouldn't hear the DCs.

The only thing that generally works is me going to bed at least an hour before him but that does not make for great marital relations. it used to be awful when we had no spare room and a sofa so short you couldn't sleep on, i used to go and climb in with DS occasionally. We have a decent sofa now, I ended up on that last night.

I've heard there's an Iphone app that records and monitors it, I am tempted to try it, I honestly don't think he has a clue how loud he is.

I recorded DS3's snoring because he was in complete denial. When he listened to the recording, he still denied it was him, and accused me of sneaking a pig into his room.

Elibean Mon 22-Apr-13 21:50:41

Turniphead, I bought one of those for dh from the Ideal Home Exhibition - put it in his Xmas stocking grin

It seems to work a bit, interestingly. Nose strips work better, for him, and earplugs are crucial for me. All very well poking him in the ribs, but I have to wake up to do it - and guess which one of us is the light/bad sleeper sad

Those of you using earplugs do you hear your alarm clocks?

shrinkingnora Mon 22-Apr-13 21:58:20

Dh has sleep apnoea and now has a CPAP machine which has totally stopped his snoring. definitely worth getting it checked out particularly if your partner is doing loud snorts and stops and starts.

orderinformation Mon 22-Apr-13 22:02:00

Kicking or poking dh doesn't work. But lifting his pillow up at the corner and letting it drop back down, so basically moving his head, does.

TheCrackFox Mon 22-Apr-13 22:12:16

A pillow held, firmly, over the face for several minutes has a 100% success rate in curing snoring.

<joke, joke, joke>

flamingtoaster Mon 22-Apr-13 22:17:37

DH can snore so loudly that I cannot hear the TV if I am watching it in bed. We got him a Snore Ring - it is worn on the little finger of the right hand for men and on the little finger of the left hand for women and it presses on acupressure points. We bought it in our local Health Shop - they said we could bring it back if it didn't work but they had never had one brought back. It has worked amazingly well - it reduces the volume considerably and also the frequency of the snores.

(Even online there is a money back guarantee - e.g. http://www.goodnightsnoring.com/?gclid=CKDd6OSY37YCFWXJtAod_F4A0g)

Massively marking my place for tips.

DP snores like a freight train and DD (2yo) is following in his footsteps. I'm convinced she has the largest tonsils know to man.

DP now works nights, on the nights he's working its AMAZING. I get a full nights uninterrupted sleep, I honestly don't know what I'd of done if he hadn't got this job when he did 12 months ago. Between a non sleeping baby and his snoring I was close to breaking point.

Downside is his body clock is shot to bits. On the nights he's home the only way I can get to sleep is to go to bed before him. Except he's always passed out on the sofa by 9. Some nights he's in bed before DD at 7.30!

AA others have said earplugs aren't ideal as I wouldn't hear DD on the rare occasions she wakes up, as he sleeps through. And we don't have a spare room!

Oh and he takes the nose strips off in his sleep hmm

shrinkingnora Mon 22-Apr-13 22:23:16

Dh will also be having his tonsils out soon.

shrinkingnora Mon 22-Apr-13 22:25:19

And he takes his mask off in his sleep too! But wears it enough that I get some sleep.

Turniphead1 Mon 22-Apr-13 22:27:05

I can hear my kids and my alarm thro my ear plugs.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 22-Apr-13 22:33:42

The mandibular thing did nothing to help DH's snoring. I was beyond disappointed.

DH could also do with losing a couple of stone - he joined the gym after Christmas and went 3 times a week for the first fortnight. Now it's barely 3 times a month and he's not changed his eating habits either.

I'm going to have a look at the snore ring thing though - we've got nothing to loose!!

ohforfoxsake Mon 22-Apr-13 22:38:22

sleeppro.com was a life saver and saved DH from having to have a mask at night. It's definitely helped his sleep aponea, and he doesn't fall asleep mid morning anymore, but still snores like a bastard.

I no longer feel stabby as we have separate rooms. sad

DebussyHead Mon 22-Apr-13 22:39:58

Watching with interest. We are in separate rooms since birth of baby 6 months ago, I would have a breakdown with sleep deprivation otherwise. I want to sleep in same bed but I want to sleep full stop more. Everyone jokes about snoring but it is a seriously damaging issue for marriages and wellbeing (of the sleep deprived partner). I used to find it really odd when I was a teenager that my parents had separate rooms (as did my grandparents) and now I totally understand. My Dad is a terrible snorer too and Mum said she couldn't tolerate it after 20 years of rubbish sleep.

The sleep ring sounds promising, might try it.

madamimadam Mon 22-Apr-13 22:53:03

Another vote for SleepPro. DH tried nosestrips, other mouth-guards, the lot but SleepPro has really, really worked. I can't recommend it enough.

DH says it's brilliant - as long as it stays in (He has, in his sleep, taken it out & thrown it across the bedroom hmm). It's £50 for 2 but they do last a couple of years. And save marriages.

Thanks for the link to the zen earplugs. I gave up on earplugs as I used the disposable ones but kept getting ear infections (I worried that I'd not wake up if anything happened in the night. So that kept me awake too...)

madamimadam Mon 22-Apr-13 23:09:05

Just shown DH this thread, in the spirit of openness, mutual trust and not at all to say 'Look! Look! It's not just me!'

He says that the SleepPro has also given him a better night's sleep since he started using it. 'It does feel as though there's too much in your mouth the first time but you get used to it very quickly.'

<Harry Hill turn to camera>

Torrorosso Mon 22-Apr-13 23:10:48

I was on the verge of leaving, or murdering dh until he started using Rhynil.

It's a herbal spray costing about £18 for three months - the steroids had made his nose bleed.

Snoring hasn't stopped and I still need earplugs and to thump him over on his side occasionally but we are now back sharing a bed.

Lilypad34 Mon 22-Apr-13 23:20:25

I've decamped two floors down to the guest bedroom which I will now make my bedroom..I'm a poor sleeper anyway but hearing his snoring whilst I toss and turn has put me in danger of becoming the next episode of Crime Stories - Women who snap. angry

DuelingFanjo Mon 22-Apr-13 23:21:15

All these things that work 80%, how is that 'working'? I absolutely can't use earplugs of any kind because all they do is muffle the sound of my husband's snoring and I can still hear him even if he's in another part of the house, and if I can still hear him then I can't sleep.

Niklepic Mon 22-Apr-13 23:23:18

So far nothing has worked for DH. He's not overweight, still snored when he gave up smoking, has tried throat sprays, nasal strips, mouth guards etc. I did use earplugs but have had to put the baby in her own room because he kept waking her up and I won't be able to hear her. He went to the doctor who said that he wouldn't refer him because he doesn't actually stop breathing. At 2 in the morning when I've just got back into bed from getting the baby to sleep, I've been tempted to get him that referral but think the imprint on the memory foam pillows might put me in a sticky situation.

Ezza1 Mon 22-Apr-13 23:31:52

Watching with interest. I can still hear DP with ear plugs in sad I've found that blaring music in my ears from my ipod is the only thing that blocks him out. Probably not the best thing but the only way I can get to sleep/get back to sleep.

Can hear him now and he's upstairs sad

He's not overweight, doesn't drink every night so no changes in lifestyle apparently required. Tried the sprays and the nose strips. Its my problem apparently.

Cannot bloody wait to move to a house with a spare room.

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