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11-30-2006, 03:17 PM
My wonderful better half seems to gain snoring sound as each night passes. I've been sleeping with my ipod on just to be able to get some rest. He claims he doesn't snore, and I am amazed he sleeps through the hurricane of sounds he makes.
Anyone know of a good treatment that I can convince him of using to help out here. I see lots of commercials and websites, but you never know which one really works. I don't want to medicate him since he takes benadryl to sleep as it is.
Do those nose strips help?
His snoring is super loud, I mean it vibrates my ears it has so much power. I'm so tired that I slept on the couch last night so I could get good rest. :(
Thanks in advance!
Sleepless in California :eek:
11-30-2006, 06:21 PM
duct tape :p
hubby has tried everything. the nose trips. throat sprays that are supposed to firn up the soft pallette. no snore pills. even had a device,like a mouth guard thing specially made from our dentist. it has a crank type of thing that brings the lower jaw forward. didn't work either. and that was VERY expensive. :(
i refuse to sleep with ear plugs or earphones. 1 i have to be able to hear da monkeys if something happens. or even something in the house. ( hubby is a heavy sleeper.2 the music..doesn't allow my brain to shut down enough for my couple of hours sleep to be benificial.
hence....i have a bed in my office. :o
oh...btw...hubby is sucha loud snorer i can hear him with his door shut and me upstairs inthe media room with the surround sound on :o
12-10-2006, 01:59 AM
Ellie, (and Curious, too!)
If you love your wonderful husband, please, please, please get him to a sleep doctor or maybe just to your regular doc who can order a sleep study. It really sounds like he has apnea. The nose tape, special devices, (your dentist cheated you, shame on him), will help cut down on the noise but they do not address the seriousness of apnea. My husband and I both have it and boy were we surprised when the results of our sleep studies came in! (PM me if you want more info).
Every year a famous athlete dies of sleep apnea. Think of how many others die as well. Sleep apnea also increases the chance that he may have a heart attack.
So, please, don't waste any more sleep yourself. Nag him, drag him, do what you must to see a doc.
12-10-2006, 03:48 PM
May I ask how you knew you had sleep apnea? Also what famous athlete died due sleep apnea?
02-06-2007, 08:41 PM
I need to jump on board this thread. I just got my hub to go to e.t.n. doc who right away recommended / refered my hub to a sleep clinic for test i assume for sleep apnea. Hub just went to the doc today no lie. Ellie I have been married FOR 20 YEARS WE argued over him snoring for sooooo long. To this day i am dumb founded he dose not know he snores SO LOUD.
I do not know what to expect I am guessing he will go there for a night sleep and then maybe i think they have some mask thing that they wear to help them breath correctly??? I will probly be back posting a zillion questions :confused: I really dont know anything about it :confused: I am glad my hub went to doc and he actuly belives he snore now. for now ill check the stickies here and read some posts. AND any help or advice would be sooo welcome!! dose any one have to use one of those mask things when they sleep? if so is it hard to get used to wearing?
Thanks ahead of time.
02-09-2007, 08:19 AM
Am new to these threads but thought I might offer some advice on sleep apnea as my family and myself have a long history with it. Last year I had my tonsils removed, sinus surgery and septoplasty to rectify a serious sleep disorder. When I woke up from surgery, I took my first conscious breath of air, and it felt like heaven! Even with all that pain from the surgery I could breathe so much easier and freer than ever in my life! I no longer snore, I still breath a little heavily but don't choke on my breath or stop breathing in my sleep anymore. Surgery may not be for everyone, but don't think it's not an option. it has changed my life!
BTW, the mask things ( i think they are called CPAP machines?) is what my Dad wears at night and has done so for about ten years. He seems to think it does the trick for him. Still manages to snore though the machine but at least doesn't stop breathing and has less broken sleep.
02-16-2007, 12:41 PM
I have severe sleep apnea , i know what you all are saying is true .Invasive surgery is not for everyone ,and after the surgery there are the side effects in some cases .CPAP works so does oxygen ,but the CPAP has draw backs if you have sinus drip ,allergies, claustrophobia ther are lots of times you wont be able to wear it even if you wanted to in your sleep yopull pull it off. There are also other problems toomuch force tends to blow the mask off your face ,its not a question of you adjusting to the pressure its the problem the pressure is to much to keep the mask on . Yess there are days you still snore under the mask , it will also inflate you like a big blimp, youll start to disemflate to every opening on your body ,at times it sounds funny. and some surgery is not reality because of the complications so you learn to live with this disability.
Make the best of it living your days on this earth , lets face it no one lives forever. The good thing about the sleeep test is that you now can plan your life and acording to how severe it is. take the necessary steps to treat it but always prepare for the worst , and HBP,sudden death is a possibility . So live life like you want to. and nap when you can , remember a nap a day gets you by all day.
God Bless,remember sleep apnea is not a one solution hat there are so amny treatments and alternatives ,its the informed individual who makes the best choices see more than one specialist.
02-16-2007, 10:57 PM
The infamous and world renown football player Mr. Reggie White his death was attributed to sleep apnea
04-04-2007, 07:28 AM
Just an update as hub got his cpap for sleeping. had it for a few weeks now . It took him a bit to get used to it but now he cant sleep without it. It is me that still has to get used to him having it.. I look over and there is this stranger in my room with a breathing mask on and half asleep ... freaks me out at first like where am I in a hosp. ? who is this person next to me ohhhh its my hub. dahh ha ha. still makes me ...heck kinda scary I guess.
sooooooo how long before wife gets adjusted to this? any ideas.
sometimes the mask slips off and sounds like a wind storm by my ear whossshhhhhhhh. any tipsters around to lend advice??Thanks ahead of time.
04-10-2007, 09:07 AM
My husband snores like a bear. His is due to his allergies/asthma and the fact that he loves to sleep on his back.
We recently got something called the 'snore-no-more pillow' and it is helping a lot. Here is a link to the pillow -
He still snores a little bit with the pillow - but it is very very light and gentle now and sounds more like loud breathing. Most importantly, his snoring no longer wakes me up!
04-10-2007, 10:49 AM
I snore like a frieght train and I am going in tonight for my first sleep study. If I stop breathing more then fifteen times in one hour they will wake me up and put a mask on me and test out settings to see what works the best for me. I am looking forward to getting some relief from the daytime fatigue I feel and the hard way I wake up, needing coffee really badly. I definitely would get anyone who's snoring to get a study done because it can lead to heart attacks and strokes if I remember right.
I don't want to die in my sleep, my son needs me and your loved ones might need some encouragement to get this done, but I think it's worth it, the alternative is to spend the rest of their days tired and irritable and at risk for heart attacks and strokes. I will be posting about my experience there at the hospital in the morning in the thread I began so if you're interested check it out in the late morning. :)
07-07-2007, 05:28 PM
My 14yo son has sleep apnea. I bought him one of this ergonomic contoured memory foam pillow, and it's taken care of 90% of the problem. If we go somewhere and forget the pillow, I have to constantly get up and roll him on his side.
08-31-2007, 10:49 PM
I've been sleeping with a CPAP machine for more than a year now. It is definitely a big help. I snored for many years and was notorious for it among my family members. My sleep study revealed that I was only getting about four percent of the deep sleep that I needed. After starting CPAP, I started waking up after two or three hours of sleep feeling like I had had a full night's sleep. My therapist told me that it was because, over the years, my body had adjusted, and now, I was getting the same amount of deep sleep in less that 1/4 the time. A lesson here is that, just as the loss of deep sleep is usually very gradual, the benefits of using a CPAP machine may take a long time to be fully realized.
I've had allergies to things like pollen and mold for my whole life. One of the best things about the CPAP machine is the filter. Unless it's a real bad allergy day, my breating passages start to clear as soon as I put the mask on.
I have several masks because I've found it helps to rotate to avoid skin irritation. Getting the mask to fit right is very important, too. There are many different varieties, but I find I prefer the nose pillow type. Make sure you get a good humidifier, too.
Sleeping partners of people with sleep apnea tend to develop the same symptoms as do those with sleep apnea. Of course the snoring is a problem. My wife also kept worrying about the times I stopped breathing and tended to stay awake to make sure I didn't die. She now finds it reassuring to know that I have my mask on and that I am breathing well. She says she sleeps better now that I am sleeping better.
All things considered, my experience, and my wife's experience, with my CPAP has been very positive.
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