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Any one used Breathe Right nasal strips?

As a cure to snoring.

     
4:51 am on Jan 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I have tried them. My GF sayed it made my snoring fall to 4 from 8 on the Richter Scale. She even consider letting me sleep in the house instead of the garage. From this point of view it is positive.

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?

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Any alternative to suggest to eliminate snoring?

Stop breathing. :)

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Tried that, but she does not like me in blue. (She is on the arty side, you know..)

Any other suggestion?

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>Stop breathing

only a women would say that :)

My wife says that I snore, but I've never heard it :)

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There is a throat spray that my BF uses sometimes... it's called "Snore" (witty name, eh?) It may not stop snoring, but it GREATLY decreases the volume. It will make your snoring fall from 8 to 2 on the Richter scale, if you have the same problem he has.

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.

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Tried the breathe right strips, no difference. Haven't tried any of the sprays, but I imagine that they would be about as effective as the strips for me. I saw an Otolaryngologist, he recommended the removal of the uvula and reduction of the soft palate (Laser-Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty or Laser Uvulectomy). A 30 minute outpatient procedure.

Needless to say, I still snore.

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My husband simply started using two pillows instead of one and the snoring stopped. Whoohoo! ;) (He was a 10 on the Richter scale...)
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How about getting her some ear plugs?

I use them every night as Ivana 'breathes heavily" and so does my dog, between the two of them they make quite a lot of noise. Ear plugs are the answer ;)

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>two pillows

My wife uses two pillows but normally they are on top of my face :) :)

4:54 pm on Jan 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Sleep stomach down, it works for me :)
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Add a new bedroom and plan romantic visits? Mr. Idiotgirl snores so loud we've gone this route for years. It's the only way either of us can get any sleep. Short of surgery, we haven't come up with another solution. There isn't a spray, a pillow, or a mattress that ever helped - and he got tired of being clobbered with a pillow all night. Maybe that surgery really works?
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Whan I was losing weight, snoring began to abate. Now that I'm putting it back on, snoring is returning full force.

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Another thing to consider - snoring may be an outward sign of a medical condition. For some, it's an indicator of sleep apnea.
This is not inexpensive to have checked out without med insurance, but for those who do have sleep apnea, CPAP machines are for the body what a high PR8 and better than average ROI are to your web site.
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>>Sleep stomach down, it works for me<<

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.

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Snoring has a few different causes and occurs in a number of different ways. If the breathing strips helped you then you probably have the classic nose-blocked-so-breathing-through-mouth type. My boyfriend snores like this and we often sleep in different rooms. Breath Right strips don't lower the amount of noise he makes, but do reduce how often he makes it (so he's quiet about 2/3 of the night instead of 1/3). Maybe you could look into buying a humidifier for your bedroom or using saline nasal spray so you can continue using the strips?

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.

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Strap a tennis ball to your back so that you stop rolling onto it.
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So I am not the only one with this problem. ;)

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!

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my wife snores but i'm such a heavey sleeper she could drive the car around the bedroom and i wouldn't wake up, my problem is getting to sleep before her.

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.

DaveN ;)

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Mrs Fool uses earplugs. Still moans like hell about my snoring. I gave up sharing a room a long time ago. These days I tend to work until I fall asleep at the keyyyyyyyyyyyyyybbbbbbbbj;a\k./
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Since we're concerned about ear irritation and our backs, I might as well ask... what do these strips do to the skin on your nose?
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I dont use them on every night and I am still only at my second box. But up to now, I have no problem with this. After all, it is just a spring loaded band aid.
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>>After all, it is just a spring loaded band aid.<<

That's why I asked. ;)

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A gastric bypass worked for me. But it may not be the answer if you don't need one :)

If you don't know what it is, you probably don't need it.

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My wife is very asthmatic (requires breathing treatments and steroid shots when really bad). She uses these breathing strips and they cut the number of attacks down greatly. Half the time she gets and asthma attack because she's congested, and the strips help with that, I guess.

Richard Lowe

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Whoa! Had a scary sight last night! Robert_Charlton, this is getting serious.

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.

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Another thing I've noticed helping my bf the last week or so is the firm contoured foam pillow I finally talked him into buying. Not a cheap pillow, but mine has reduced my chronic neck pain, and he's gotten a lot quieter since getting his... I think they're made by a company called 'Tempurpedic' or something like that.
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>>actually saw some florescent glow while unwrapping those things.

Sure you weren't unwrapping something that belongs in a teenagers wallet? I hear those things glow in the dark.

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:)

I am not kidding coconutz. The glue actually glows in the dark for a moment when you peel the paper off those things.

Do you think they use surplus glue from Ukraine?

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My boyfriend tapes his feet whenever he goes running or plays soccer, so puts heavy duty tape over the smae parts day after day. This does absolutely nothing to his skin (same as the breathing strips). Whereas if I leave a sticking plaster on for more than four hours my skin starts to get damamged and if I need to put it on there several says running I end up with sores. Again same with the breathing strips. So I'm assuming this is just something to do with how our skin is made and is different for each person, so it's likely that many people can use the strips for days without a problem.

It is amusing when he wakes up with it carefully stuck to his forehead though :)

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>>These things glow in the dark when you peel packaging off the strips! I am not kidding.<<

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.

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