Does your man snore? Dread going to bed each night? Perhaps you are at the point where you part ways with each other in the hall at 10 pm to settle into individual rooms just to get a good night sleep?
Don’t despair help is here! We dive in deeper on some ways to get your man to stop snoring so you can get a peaceful nights rest…together!
Let’s start with those Old wives tales and self-help strategies
People have been searching for ways to cure this annoying, sleep pinching habit and some of the greatest wives tales include:
The tennis ball
Snoring appears to be much worse when sleeping on your back. So, the idea with the tennis ball is to sew it onto the back of your man’s nightshirt or PJ so that when he rolls over onto his back, the tennis ball will make him roll back to his side.
A teaspoon of horseradish
This old wives tale was to simply eat a teaspoon of horseradish before bed to clear the nasal passage and stop people from snoring. Can’t say this one is very appealing!
Sleeping on the side
Most of us know this one! I’m sure we have all nudge our sleeping companions a few times during the night to get them back onto their side. The idea of sleeping on your side is it prevents the base of your tongue and the soft palate collapsing to the back wall of your throat which then causes a vibrating sound while sleeping.
Gargle with Garlic
Some people think that snoring can be cured by gargling with garlic crushed in boiled water, mixed well for a few minutes, then drunk once cooled down.
Suck a dummy
Take a trip down the baby isle and pick up a pack of baby dummies! Yup, you guessed it – hand it over for your man to suck on through the night. An old wives tale that may not work but will guarantee a giggle before bed!
Many of these remedies have created other issues, like a sore neck, dry mouth or make the snoring worse…so we suggest trying these techniques with caution!
Are there medical procedures available to prevent snoring?
On a serious note, there are ways to mitigate your man’s snoring by seeking medical help. Your doctor may recommend a medical device or surgical procedure such as:
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). To keep his airway open during sleep, a machine that is placed at his bedside blows pressurized air into a mask that he wears over his nose or face.
Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) uses a laser to shorten the uvula (the hanging soft tissue at the back of the throat) and to make small cuts in the soft palate either side. As the cuts heal, the surrounding tissues stiffen to prevent the vibrations that trigger snoring.
Palatal implants or the Pillar procedure involves inserting small plastic implants into the soft palate which help prevent the collapse of the soft palate that can cause snoring.
Custom-fitted dental devices and lower jaw positioners help open your airway by bringing your lower jaw or your tongue forward during sleep. For best results, you will need to see a dentist who specialises in these devices.
What items can be purchased over the counter to help stop snoring?
Snorepro is a custom-made oral appliance designed to prevent your man from snoring. Snorepro prevents the tongue from blocking the airway by holding the lower jaw closed and slightly forward of its normal position.
Snorepro works whether he breathes through his mouth or his nose and it can be adjusted to obtain maximum comfort and effect.
Antisnoring device is a reusable split nasal device that comfortably opens the nasal passage with its soft, latex-free surgical silicone, allowing your man to breathe freely through the nose – instead of through the mouth – preventing chronic snoring.
Snoreeze Antisnoring oral strips – Snoreeze Oral Strips target the primary cause of snoring by toning and lubricating the soft tissues at the back of the throat to provide effective snoring relief for up to 8 hours. They have a refreshing mint taste and dissolve immediately for instant effect.
Don’t let snoring affect your life and sleep. Seek help, make changes and talk to each other about it, so it doesn’t become a big issue in your relationship.