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But I woke up with nostrils, throat and eyes as dry as the Sahara. Major nono for me.
Anyone else tried them? Any alternative to suggest to eliminate snoring?
AFAIK, snoring works like so: Your nose plugs up, so you breathe through your mouth instead, but since you're asleep your tongue muscle relaxes, falls backwards, and partially blocks the back of the throat. It's the tongue blocking the back of your throat that causes most of the noise.
The nose strips work somewhat because they allow greater airflow through the nose, and the spray works by somehow decreasing the friction at the back of the throat.
I suppose if you used both at the same time, you might sleep completely silently.
Needless to say, I still snore.
This is the easiest position for breathing, but it may wreck your back over time. Medical advice to me has been to sleep on my side. I snore in whatever position.
I would also suggest you see an earnose and throat specialist because there may be a reason why you aren't breathing freely through your nose. Turns out my boyfriend has a polyp in one nostril and a deviated septum (the bit dividing the two nostrils is to one side) so he can only breath through one nostril. We all alternate our breathing between each nosril during the night, so while it's the blocked nostril's turn he snores really badly. We're saving up for a simple operation to fix it (this would be covered by health insurance if we had any).
Sleep apnea can be a big problem, can cause high blood pressure as well as lack of decent sleep, and is relatively easy to pick up. The simple questionaire will give a good indication of if it's involved (for a start). My mother has apnea and now sleeps with a special mouth gaurd. Years of insomnia, gone.
Because the causes of snoring are so varied it's really worth getting it checked out. What works for you may not work for someone else and vice versa.
Added: Oh yes, ear plugs are a life saver but you have to be careful to get the right kind. If they press on the inside of your ear too much the friction builds up and leads to very sore ears. The best ones I've used aren't the more common foam types (foma ones cause actual bruising inside my ears over time) but ones with noise reducing fibre inside a platic cover (it looks like cottom wool). No pressure on the ears and superior noise reduction.
mivox, I will try to find some 'Snore' spray somewhere. Sounds good when silent.
coconutz, surgery is out of question for now. But thanks for the infos.
Susanne, I already use 2 pillows, I tried 3 last night, but could not sleep.
Nick_W, earplugs are good but they are not comfortable and can be dangerous. Earing during sleep is safer for everyone in the house. We are trying to fix the problem at the source.
King defanjos, due to a back problem, I can only sleep on my back.
idiotgirl, I usually sleep in the garage already (serious!). Its a separate building from the house where I keep my own "Chaos Manor [jerrypournelle.com]". We are looking for solutions for extended 'romantic visits'. :)
lawman, yes a little weight loss could improve my overall condition. But I have been snoring since 26 years when I was 40 pounds lighter. I see that as another fight. (Hope my GF never reads this thread!)
kevinpate, thanks I will see a specialist for that.
Robert_Charlton, when I could sleep in whatever position, I also snored in whatever position.
shelleycat, thanks for the bunch of good info. I will definitly see a specialist. My GF prefers silicon earplugs.
yokelrobin, good tip, but I can only sleep on my back and could snore standing up or hung by the ankles. ;)
Thanks for your tips everyone!
So I thought of making a noise activated shocker, the idea came from the lights that you can turn on and off by clapping your hands.
I thought maybe running a fall current through the wife would wake her enough to turn over or move and stop the snoring. I never got around to designing or even putting patent on the idea.
So you can use the idea and if it works i'll buy one from you.
These things glow in the dark when you peel packaging off the strips! I am not kidding. I actually saw some florescent glow while unwrapping those things.
mivox, I could not find the spray in Canada yet.
It is amusing when he wakes up with it carefully stuck to his forehead though :)
Not sure if this is what's happening when you "peel [the] packaging off," but there's often a glow when you peel tape off of plastic.
How do I know this esoteric bit of information?... I've loaded a lot of movie camera magazines in darkrooms, and you have to be very careful when you untape the end of the film that you don't peel it too fast, or you'll create a glow which could fog the film.