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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.

AtYourCervix Mon 22-Apr-13 18:36:16

I woke myself up snoring last night.

In my defence I have an evil cold.

MimsyBorogroves Mon 22-Apr-13 18:36:54

Breaking up with my ex was the best way I could ever have got rid of his snoring. It was like someone cutting a bulldog in half with a rusty chainsaw.

When DH snores I tend to shove him onto his other side, that works for us.

Maat Mon 22-Apr-13 18:43:24

I sharpen my elbows so I can give a quick dig in the ribs grin

On a more serious note, DH has started using the nose strips and they definitely help. I know they don't work for everyone though.

nenevomito Mon 22-Apr-13 18:55:25

Earplugs. My marriage hangs on the use of earplugs.

hollyisalovelyname Mon 22-Apr-13 19:11:34

I gave up. He's in another room, sadly

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 22-Apr-13 19:18:03

Earplugs here too. Nothing works to stop the snoring.

msrisotto Mon 22-Apr-13 19:19:53

Earplugs are great but I became dependent on them, even wore them when DH was away with work. I think I've been less tolerant to his snoring since weaning myself off them.

We have found that having him rest his head on 3 pillows helps!

memphis83 Mon 22-Apr-13 19:25:35

I used to snore so badly my bedroom was soundproofed as a child but then I had my adonoids (sp?) out and it cured it.
Dp snores terribly on his back but stops on his side, it just means me rolling him or jabbing his ribs to get him to move.

HousewifeFromHeaven Mon 22-Apr-13 19:27:21

Yes to ear plug dependency.

I'm an earplugaholic [ grin]

these ones are worth every penny

I used to wear the disposable ones but they made my ears sore. Not the zen ones though. I thought I'd wasted £20 but I can honestly say I've used them every single night for almost a year and they are brillant.

LeeCoakley Mon 22-Apr-13 19:35:29

I'd be interested to know if anyone has had success with any mandibular advancement devices. Snore Wizard doesn't get very good reviews so I wondered if other makes were any good.

WildThongIWannaKnowForSure Mon 22-Apr-13 19:41:56

It is miserable isn't it.
We are in separate rooms at the moment, it's not conducive to a happy marriage though sad

staticlunge Mon 22-Apr-13 19:42:19

Sadly separate rooms. Husband snores when on his back and sides.

I can't use earplugs because if the children woke up in the middle of the night he wouldn't. I've had one in our room howling and he snored straight through it.

I also think, strange as it sounds, years of trying to sleep though his snoring has turned me into a very light sleeper.

He sees it as my problem not his. Its easier to let our marriage suffer than give up smoking and lose some weight.

If anyone has any miracle cures I would love to know sad

Twinklestarstwinklestars Mon 22-Apr-13 19:45:08

I snore, I've been for a sleep apnoea test which was clear.

Dp says since I've been pregnant its a lot worse so hopefully it'll improve again in July.

YouveCatToBeKittenMe Mon 22-Apr-13 19:46:27

Dh snores so loudly I can hear him downstairs with the tv on

He is much worse now than he was when i met him, he snores just as bad no matter what position he is in whereas he only used to snore when on his back.
He went away with the DC's to his parents recently and DS2 ended up sharing DDs bed in the next room because he couldn't sleep with DH!

I have bought him nose strips, which didn't seem to make much difference. Nasal Spay - useless, as for the mandibula advancement (I just call it a mouth guard!) I bought one which made a bit of difference but he slurped and dribbled and couldn't get comfortable with it and then melted it when trying to clean it hmm so don't bother LeeCoakley!

I have begged him to lose weight but he has NO motivation and it just ruins our days together if I am constantly nagging. But it's not him who has sleep deprivation. I can get a few hours if I fall asleep before he comes to bed but it still wakes me up after a couple of hours.
I do have some ear plugs but I worry I'll miss something and then I wake up in a panic, I don't find them easy to wear.

My only salvation is the 4 nights every 8 weeks when he does a night shift! If we had a spare room that's where I would be.

LeeCoakley Mon 22-Apr-13 19:50:06

I'm the snorer. We have had to sell our touring caravan as no one else gets any sleep on holiday! I've started a new diet this week and hopefully if I can lose some weight the snoring mightl lessen.

SuperFurrySlippers Mon 22-Apr-13 19:54:26

Earplugs here too. Boots recently changed the ones I had been using for years and I didn't like them anymore, so I got a sample pack from snorestore to try different types. Have found that the simmer ones are more comfortable.

I still hear DS if he wakes up in the next room but they block out most of DH's snoring. He might get a kick or an elbow if its particularly bad, normally if he's been drinking, otherwise a nudge and telling him to turn over sometimes works.

LeeCoakley Mon 22-Apr-13 19:54:37

That's what most reviews say - makes you dribble and is uncomfortable. I'll save my £50 I think!

SuperFurrySlippers Mon 22-Apr-13 19:56:03


DuelingFanjo Mon 22-Apr-13 20:03:43

The only thing that works for me is my DH in another room and me wearing ear defenders. Nothing he has bought has worked long term, the strips did for a bit, the gumshield thing was useless, he slept through the electric shocker wristband. A punch in the guts has short -term results.

He needs to lose weight.

I have considered hypnotherapy for myself.

craftycottontail Mon 22-Apr-13 20:17:17

I'm the snorer in my house, it's been worse since I've been pregnant (only 4ish more weeks to go thankfully). Last night I was so on edge trying to not snore that I didn't sleep very well, and think I still ended up snoring and disturbing DH sad

I did find losing weight a few years ago made it virtually stop and generally felt better and asthma also improved vastly. Unfortunately have put most of it back on again so plan to get exercising after pregnancy.

Turniphead1 Mon 22-Apr-13 21:09:24

Subject dear to my heart. A little jolt of delight to see a link to new earplugs. Will try those zen ones - thanks.

DH a veteran snorer, snorter and - from 5am til he gets up at 6.15 - groaner.

Great deal of sympathy for those whose DHs seem to think its their problem. My DH hasn't been great about trying stuff. He needs to lose weight and is much worse after a drink.

BUT we have found something that has massively improved the snoring. It's a snoring ring - if you google it Good Night Snoring Ring (can't do a link on the iPad). But it really works not 100% but DH. Says he gets woken up much less. Googling it I see a Daily Mail article that says it helped Rosie Millards husband. £30 but worth it.

GillBates Mon 22-Apr-13 21:11:14

Nothing has worked for us. Its fine if DH sleeps on his side but he gets really sore shoulders so ends up on his back and then gets annoyed that I wake him up to turn him over! So we have ended up in separate rooms. It is the only way for us to get any sleep.

It is sad as we would love to share a bed together but getting good quality sleep is better for our marriage than sleeping in the same bed!

Turniphead1 Mon 22-Apr-13 21:11:52

For clarity - it goes on the little finger (not on the end of his piggy wig nose). Works on acupuncture principles.

Re earplugs after 20 years together I can no longer sleep without earplugs - even if he's not there. angry It's a kind of Pavlovian sleep thing with me. I use the Quies foam ones.

Erebus Mon 22-Apr-13 21:19:31

Weight loss.

DH has snored considerably less since he lost a couple of stone. Also, if he lies on his back, he doesn't so much snore as breathe really loudly. I hear every breath, in and out (obvs something is obstructing his airway a bit) so I jab him til he turns over onto his side. I also discovered that saying something, usually sharply, was more effective than just jabbing him! Mainly because, as a way younger man (20 years ago), a light touch would wake him and encourage him to move; now, post 50, I can actually kick him without effect grin!

I am very lucky that he recognises that his snoring is an issue to me.

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