The first time it happened I woke up with a start, half in a dream, wondering if I was being attacked by some crazy monster. It took a few seconds, but I realised that spluttering, room-shaking noise was actually coming from my husband, snuffling happily away on his back. A quick nudge in the ribs, he turned over and peace was restored – for about 20 minutes. This has been the story – or should I say snory – of my life since I’ve shared a bed with my beloved. Some nights are worse than others, but the fact that he’s a heavy, snoring sleeper and I’m the lightest sleeper around doesn’t make for the best combination.
Some days, I literally want to punch the life out of him. Other days I manage to make him stop and get back to sleep, while there are those dire, dire sleepless nights when I have to move to the spare room (where I can actually still hear him snoring away, but not with such volume). The hubby feels hard done by when he wakes up and I’m not there. He can’t believe his snoring could possibly be that bad, but boy, it really is. And unfortunately as he’s got older, it’s just got worse.
And before you tell me to ship him off to a sleep clinic, we’ve tried that but nothing they did there really helped. Instead, we’ve tried a few things that have reduced the snoring, which have been hit and miss, but when he gets a cold, it all goes out of the window and that big wheezy monster comes back to startle me.
However, on those non-cold days, these are the things we’ve found work better for us…
Limit alcohol consumption: The other half is not a big drinker, thank god, but on those rare occasions he does indulge, my restful sleep definitely pays a price. Not only does the volume increase, but he’s so fast asleep that it’s hard to rouse him and turn him over – which brings us neatly onto my next piece of advice…
Avoid taking sleeping pills: As well as relaxing you enough to sleep, sedatives and some antihistamines also relax the throat muscles, which in turn make the snoring worse.
Tennis ball on the back: This bit of advice came from the sleep clinic and the idea is that every time you roll onto your back, it becomes uncomfortable so you roll back over and the snoring stops. This did work a little but it also gave my hubby a sore back so we ditched it after a month. I’m still working on inventing something that does this without creating back pain – Dragon’s Den watch out!
Change your pillow: Old pillows that have lost their plumpness need to be ditched. You need a pillow that will keep your head raised during the night, helping to keep the airways open and minimise snoring.
Treat allergies: Any allergy that causes nasal congestion can lead to more frequent and louder snoring. We’ve tried a nasal steroid spray that has definitely helped to reduce snoring. As with any medication, you have to consistently remember to take it.
Try a snoring remedy: There are so many out there and the success will all depend on what kind of snorer you are. We have tried EVERYTHING and the one thing that definitely lessons the snoring is a throat spray. It has some magic in it that coats the throat muscles and helps them stop vibrating and causing that awful snoring noise. My top tip? Try everything and see what works for you. Here are a few for you to try – click on the image to buy.
Boots Sleepeaze Snoring Throat Spray £13.79
Sound Sleep Anti-Snore Pillow £17.00
Snore Calm Chin-Up Strips £16.99
SleepDreamz® Nasal Strips £8.99
Good Night Snoring Ring £29.99
Somni Snore Guard £29.99
And if all this fails, chat to your GP. Lifestyle changes can help but it may be that there is something more they can offer to help you with the snoring. Good luck to all you snorers out there – but as a partner to a snorer, I’m always wishing even more luck to all those that attempt to sleep with it.
Visit https://britishsnoring.co.uk/ for more tips and an interactive snore test!