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A "stop snoring" device that works?

Asked by stemnyjones (3969points) October 1st, 2010

I have a major problem falling and staying asleep at night. I literally will lie there for hours on end, staring at the ceiling, checking the time periodically… sometimes it takes up to 5 hours for me to actually fall asleep, even after taking sleeping pills.

My partner snores, which definitely makes the problem much worse. When she isn’t home, I usually fall asleep within 30 minutes-1 hour.

BreatheRight strips didn’t work.

I saw an advertisement on TV a few times about some device that you put in your mouth at night that opens your airways and stops the snoring, but I’m not sure what it’s called or if it works.

Does anyone know the name of this product, or ANY stop-snoring products that work?

(If it’s any help to know, my partner is overweight but not like morbidly obese or anything, and she snores no matter what position she is in)

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AmWiser's avatar

Your partner may need a c-pap. It’s not pretty, but it works. After a sleep study, my husband was prescribe one and I have he has gotten the best sleep in the world since then. It was also necessary because he was experiencing sleep apnea. Snoring can be a dangerous disorder and should be checked out by a doctor. Also there are free sleep disorder studies you can look into.

john65pennington's avatar

Sometimes, if everything else fails, only separate bedrooms will work.

Nullo's avatar

In some cases, there is a laser surgery that can be performed.

Rarebear's avatar

Earplugs.

downtide's avatar

C-PAP machine. Sounds like a case of sleep apnea to me, and will require medical attention.

Nullo's avatar

@AmWiser I don’t see how anybody could sleep with a breathing mask strapped to his face. o_o

Frenchfry's avatar

@Nullo I second that.

AmWiser's avatar

@Nullo, @Frenchfry I know it looks weird. But it’s not as uncomfortable as it looks. The peace that it provides is priceless.

Cruiser's avatar

Loosing the weight will go a long way towards a healthier less stressful sleeping experience for her. Getting over tired, eating before bed and or drinking alcohol will encourage the snore fest too. Diet and exercise could help both of you get better sleep.

marymaryquitecontrary's avatar

I used a device known as “earplugs.” They were quite effective.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

According to the Mayo Clinic’s web site, there are 5 Causes for snoring:
1.) Mouth anatomy
2.) Being overweight
3.) Alcohol consumption
4.) Nasal problems
5.) Sleep apnea

This web site is worth checking out. It talks about professional and alternative medical solutions, as well as home remedies. One possibility it doesn’t mention is the type or number of pillows used. My SO snores, and I’ve often wondered if it might be caused by having his head propped up by a mountain of pillows, thus reducing the air flow.

stemnyjones's avatar

I can’t use ear plugs. I have an infant so I have to be able to hear if she starts crying (my partner sleeps too deep for the crying to wake her up), and I also have to wake up with an alarm in the morning.

I’ve never understood how anyone with a job could wear ear plugs to bed.

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