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« on: January 07, 2009, 05:00:15 PM »

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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2009, 05:10:33 PM »

You hit her in the face with a wet towel everytime she snores...teaches her not to -eventually..
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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2009, 05:20:09 PM »

Develop a snoring habit of your own, then sleep inverted with your head at the foot of the bed.  Your snoring sound waves will come out inverted, canceling hers, and you will both have a more pleasant sleep.  Win win.

It's foolproof!
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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2009, 05:22:09 PM »

Tell her to try some breathe right strips.  I mean hey, it's not the most ideal LOOKING situation... but you're going to bed!  Who cares!

They really do work quite well.
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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2009, 05:24:46 PM »

Quote from: depward on January 07, 2009, 05:22:09 PM

Tell her to try some breathe right strips.  I mean hey, it's not the most ideal LOOKING situation... but you're going to bed!  Who cares!

They really do work quite well.

We've tried, they "Hurt her nose"
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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2009, 05:25:36 PM »

Man, that sucks...I second the breathing strips.  If that doesn't work, she needs to see an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist as it could actually be a serious problem.
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« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2009, 05:30:30 PM »

Does she snore regardless of whether she is on her back or on her side?  I am a really bad snorer when I lie on my back (possibly sleep apneatic) but if I am on my side I am pretty much fine. I got one of the pillows from Brookstone and while it can take a while to get used to, it at least does a good job of keeping you on your side even if you aren't using it perfectly.
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« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2009, 05:32:23 PM »

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« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2009, 05:35:21 PM »

I'm the same as Teggy.  On my back I sometimes wake myself up I snore so bad.  On my side nothing.  Thankfully, I always slept on my side anyway, so on the rare occations where I end up on my back, the wife just kicks me and tells me to roll over.
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« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2009, 05:36:27 PM »

I have mild sleep apnea, so snoring is a problem for me as well; the fact that my wife is a light sleeper doesn't help the issue.

I had a CPAP for a while (the facemask thing), but recently started using one of these - http://www.puresleep.com/

While it doesn't eliminate my snoring, it makes it much more tolerable according to my bunkmate, and it's far more comfortable than the CPAP.

A couple of other things that might help - not drinking alcohol before bed and sleeping on your side.  And losing weight, but that is not a subject one approaches lightly smile
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« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2009, 05:40:43 PM »

My girlfriend snores occasionally as well.. but it's really cute in a weird sort of way.
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« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2009, 05:52:17 PM »

wear ear plugs
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« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2009, 05:56:08 PM »

My ex would talk in her sleep.  Couple that with her relative inability to keep secrets and it was certainly helpful at times.
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« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2009, 06:10:19 PM »

I think the side-sleeping versus sleeping on her back comparison is a good suggestion.  My wife on very rare occasions might snore a little, but only when sleeping on her back.  And even when she sleeps on her back only rarely does she actually snore.  A quick nudge and she'll roll onto her side and problem is solved.  But we're extremely lucky that the other rarely snores.  Unfortunately you start to take this for granted after a while. 

Recently we went on a few trips with two different sets of couples and shared the same hotel room to save a few dollars.  In each instance we quickly learned that our friends snore like chainsaws cutting through steel.  It was unbearable.  Both the men and women snored like sailors after a shoreline bender.  My wife and I got absolutely zero sleep on both trips.  Once Jaime even went so far as to take a blanket and pillows and she slept in the bathtub to escape the noise.   icon_eek  Yes, it was that bad.  You really don't know how good you have it with a partner who doesn't snore until you're stuck in a room with slumbering bears.

From now on we have vowed to inquire about snoring issues prior to travel plans.  Otherwise you sleep in your own room.

For now I'd suggest comparing her breathing between sleeping on her back and on her side.  And if she's snoring while on her back, try nudging her and getting her to roll onto her side.  If she asks what the problem is, let her know that she's snoring and she needs to roll over.  Both my wife and I have always been understanding when something like this happens, so hopefully you and your girlfriend are comfortable enough with each other that this is a non-issue and she'll just roll over and go back to sleep.   
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« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2009, 06:12:19 PM »

Yeah, my girlfriend sounds like a train at night.  I have to nudge her with my elbow or just stroke her hair or something to get her to shut the hell up for five minutes, during which time I try my best to fall asleep.  Thankfully, it only takes a couple of tries before I succeed, and once I'm asleep that's it until morning.

I could do without it though!
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« Reply #15 on: January 07, 2009, 06:12:38 PM »

Quote from: Laner on January 07, 2009, 05:36:27 PM

I have mild sleep apnea, so snoring is a problem for me as well; the fact that my wife is a light sleeper doesn't help the issue.

I had a CPAP for a while (the facemask thing), but recently started using one of these - http://www.puresleep.com/

While it doesn't eliminate my snoring, it makes it much more tolerable according to my bunkmate, and it's far more comfortable than the CPAP.

A couple of other things that might help - not drinking alcohol before bed and sleeping on your side.  And losing weight, but that is not a subject one approaches lightly smile

I've heard good things about the Pure Sleep as well.

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« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2009, 07:35:19 PM »

It also really helps to lose weight.
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« Reply #17 on: January 07, 2009, 07:46:47 PM »

Quote from: cheeba on January 07, 2009, 07:35:19 PM

It also really helps to lose weight.

This is true.  If she finds you more attractive she might be more amenable to using the breathing strips.
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« Reply #18 on: January 07, 2009, 08:02:15 PM »

Quote from: Ascendent on January 07, 2009, 05:00:15 PM

I even made the suggestion that when we moved into our new place I'd sleep in the guest room, that didn't go over very well...

Like you, I am a light sleeper. If my wife snored and got uppity when I decided to sleep in a different room, my respone would be "Tough shit, I need some sleep."
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« Reply #19 on: January 07, 2009, 09:00:04 PM »

Quote from: cheeba on January 07, 2009, 07:35:19 PM

It also really helps to lose weight.

I'm sure that it does, but I'm not going to tell her to lose weight. Really is that ever a good idea, for any woman?
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« Reply #20 on: January 07, 2009, 09:48:58 PM »

Quote from: Moliere on January 07, 2009, 05:52:17 PM

wear ear plugs

+1. I keep a pair of silicone plugs next to the bed, and I'm not afraid to use them.
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« Reply #21 on: January 07, 2009, 10:16:07 PM »

A friend of mine got some kind of mouthpiece that really helped him.  I don't know the name but what it does is hold his lower jaw "forward", keeping his airway more open and he's less prone to snore now.  It involved heating the thing up in hot water to soften it and then make his teeth impressions.  It took him a few nights to get used to it, but his roommates really appreciate it, and he says he sleeps better now, too.
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« Reply #22 on: January 07, 2009, 10:16:20 PM »

Anyone have suggestions for some really comfortable ear plugs? I am a super light sleeper and even loud breathing will drive me nuts if I'm awake. I sometimes end up in the other room from my wife, and it's pretty sad since it is just breathing...
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« Reply #23 on: January 07, 2009, 10:24:20 PM »

Quote from: Biyobi on January 07, 2009, 10:16:07 PM

A friend of mine got some kind of mouthpiece that really helped him.  I don't know the name but what it does is hold his lower jaw "forward", keeping his airway more open and he's less prone to snore now.  It involved heating the thing up in hot water to soften it and then make his teeth impressions.  It took him a few nights to get used to it, but his roommates really appreciate it, and he says he sleeps better now, too.
That's the Pure Sleep dealie.
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« Reply #24 on: January 07, 2009, 10:56:15 PM »

Quote from: Azhag on January 07, 2009, 10:16:20 PM

Anyone have suggestions for some really comfortable ear plugs? I am a super light sleeper and even loud breathing will drive me nuts if I'm awake. I sometimes end up in the other room from my wife, and it's pretty sad since it is just breathing...

As I am a fairly light sleeper, I find that soft background noise helps to drown out irksome sounds.  For example, my wife and I cannot sleep without our ceiling fan turned on.  It provides a subtle, steady "whooshing" noise in the background which drowns out basic creaks and sounds that would normally rattle me awake and the air movement makes the room quite comfortable given that we live in the desert. 
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« Reply #25 on: January 07, 2009, 11:50:04 PM »

Quote from: Ascendent on January 07, 2009, 09:00:04 PM

Quote from: cheeba on January 07, 2009, 07:35:19 PM

It also really helps to lose weight.

I'm sure that it does, but I'm not going to tell her to lose weight. Really is that ever a good idea, for any woman?

Why not tell her, if it would improve her quality of life (and yours)?
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« Reply #26 on: January 08, 2009, 01:16:34 AM »

Quote from: Ironrod on January 07, 2009, 09:48:58 PM

Quote from: Moliere on January 07, 2009, 05:52:17 PM

wear ear plugs

+1. I keep a pair of silicone plugs next to the bed, and I'm not afraid to use them.

yeah, but wouldn't that run you the risk of not hearing your alarm?
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« Reply #27 on: January 08, 2009, 04:03:15 AM »

I like fans too, but I don't have a ceiling fan unfortunately. We have a noismaker thing, but it just doesn't make the right pitch to cancel out the noises...
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« Reply #28 on: January 08, 2009, 06:41:17 AM »

Quote from: Ironrod on January 07, 2009, 09:48:58 PM

Quote from: Moliere on January 07, 2009, 05:52:17 PM

wear ear plugs

+1. I keep a pair of silicone plugs next to the bed, and I'm not afraid to use them.

I help our local club with trips which can involve being in a room with another person on the stays away from home. Until then I had never experienced snoring - for me machine gun would be closer to what it is sounded like. I'm not even sure ear plugs would be able to shield the sound if it is coming close to that, but it's worth a try.

Otherwise if it is a weight issue, if it was my wife/gf I would definitely bring it up as a possible solution, i'm sure she doesn't like it anymore than you. Medical advice does seem worth pursuing.

However if the solutions don't work or she is not happy to try solutions because they are uncomfortable you just have to go to another room - you need your sleep frown

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« Reply #29 on: January 08, 2009, 09:42:41 AM »

I snored loudly for a time and my wife would get pretty upset about it. We slept in separate rooms occasionally. It was always worse when I was on my back, like others have mentioned.

As soon as I dropped 15 pounds over the summer, the snoring disappeared and both of us were MUCH happier. I don't know if weight is the problem here, but if it is losing weight has many more effects on happiness than just the shallow benefits.

For a temporary solution, the Breathe Right strips were fairly effective.
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« Reply #30 on: January 08, 2009, 02:38:23 PM »

Quote from: wonderpug on January 07, 2009, 07:46:47 PM

Quote from: cheeba on January 07, 2009, 07:35:19 PM

It also really helps to lose weight.

This is true.  If she finds you more attractive she might be more amenable to using the breathing strips.

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« Reply #31 on: January 08, 2009, 03:11:27 PM »

Quote from: Azhag on January 07, 2009, 10:16:20 PM

Anyone have suggestions for some really comfortable ear plugs?

I just use drugstore-brand silicone plugs. The wax ones work just as well, but they get dirty/wear out faster. I find the shaped plastic variety to be uncomfortable.

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Quote from: Ironrod on January 07, 2009, 09:48:58 PM

Quote from: Moliere on January 07, 2009, 05:52:17 PM

wear ear plugs

+1. I keep a pair of silicone plugs next to the bed, and I'm not afraid to use them.

yeah, but wouldn't that run you the risk of not hearing your alarm?

I wake up at 7 every morning anyway...and, being self-employed, it doesn't matter if I sleep late. But it's easy enough to turn up the volume on my clock radio. Remember, we're talking about light sleepers here.
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« Reply #32 on: January 09, 2009, 02:28:53 AM »

I use CPAP and it sucks to sound like Darth Vader (or does it?) all night, but she sleeps a lot better (as do I).

It's gotten so if I happen to take the mask off at night, she hollers at me to put it back on.
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« Reply #33 on: January 09, 2009, 07:41:56 PM »

Grow a pair and tell her that you HAVE to get some freakin sleep.   Therefore:

1.  She is going to sleep in another room
2.  You are going to sleep in another room
3.  She is going to wear some strips
or
4.  She is going out the door onto her ass.

Over the long run   Sleep >  Girlfriend

Seriously.
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« Reply #34 on: January 09, 2009, 07:42:21 PM »

Quote from: lildrgn on January 09, 2009, 02:28:53 AM

I use CPAP and it sucks to sound like Darth Vader (or does it?) all night, but she sleeps a lot better (as do I).

It's gotten so if I happen to take the mask off at night, she hollers at me to put it back on.

My dad has a new one that is almost completely quiet.
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« Reply #35 on: January 09, 2009, 08:14:40 PM »

Quote from: msduncan on January 09, 2009, 07:42:21 PM

Quote from: lildrgn on January 09, 2009, 02:28:53 AM

I use CPAP and it sucks to sound like Darth Vader (or does it?) all night, but she sleeps a lot better (as do I).

It's gotten so if I happen to take the mask off at night, she hollers at me to put it back on.

My dad has a new one that is almost completely quiet.

Wife or mask  icon_lol
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« Reply #36 on: January 10, 2009, 04:46:54 PM »

My sister had the same problem with her husband, and she swears by an OTC medication:  Mucinex DM.  Since he started taking that before bedtime, she says there are a lot fewer sleepless nights.

I've seen those commercials about the PureSleep thingie, and was wondering if it works.  I may have to try that since the muscle relaxers I take at night - or maybe the muscle disorder that necessitates them - relaxes all those "snoring muscles." I can't even be tipped too far back in the dentist's chair without my airway closing.  At least I don't snore at the dentist.  icon_biggrin
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« Reply #37 on: January 10, 2009, 05:28:10 PM »

Quote from: msduncan on January 09, 2009, 07:41:56 PM

Grow a pair and tell her that you HAVE to get some freakin sleep.   Therefore:

1.  She is going to sleep in another room
2.  You are going to sleep in another room
3.  She is going to wear some strips
or
4.  She is going out the door onto her ass.

Over the long run   Sleep >  Girlfriend

Seriously.

I can see why you needed marriage counseling.

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« Reply #38 on: January 10, 2009, 06:24:28 PM »

It was mentioned before and I'll mention it again, she should seek medical advice, maybe a sleep lab or something similar. Good luck, I'm interested to know how it works out.


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« Reply #39 on: January 10, 2009, 07:46:16 PM »

Probably not much more then calling my balls into question lol. But anyways it's been resolved, she just takes Zyrtec before going to sleep, and the snoring is much reduced if not eliminated. Thanks everyone!
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