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Old 01-03-11, 02:22 PM   #1
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Anybody ever successfully stopped snoring??

As if I needed another reason to be kicked out of bed... So, as the title says, anyone ever done it? Those nasal strips have any positive effect for anyone? This has turned from a social problem to a work-related one (we do most of our work abroad so now my crew despises rooming with me). Thanks for any tips..
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Old 01-03-11, 02:49 PM   #2
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You may want to look into a sleep clinic.
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How much do you weigh? I lost 40 pounds, and my snoring almost completely went away. If it weren't for that, it was so bad it would have required drastic measures.
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I'm 6' and a healthy 195lbs. I have no apparent health problems or extreme allergies and am 24 years old. I usually sleep on my stomach/side, too, if that's relevant at all. I've pretty much always snored, too.
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I am about 6' and weighed 205, snored like a freight train. Losing 35+ pounds almost completely eliminated it for me, seriously. Nothing else helped me, not even the nose strip thingies. I always sleep on my side out of habit, if I slept on my back I would get severe sleep apnea.

For you, it may be a combination of things.
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Go do a sleep study, you may need/want a CPAP machine.
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Sleep apnea, maybe?

My wife used to snore heavily...then she gave birth. It worked once and hopefully it will work again soon!
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Go do a sleep study, you may need/want a CPAP machine.
I did that and it helped, but the machine is not very comfortable so I stop using it. I think I need to drop 30 lbs as well.
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Old 01-03-11, 03:56 PM   #10
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I was a pretty bad snorer up till last year when I lost a bunch of weight. It was so bad I'd stop breathing for a minute. Nothing's worse than waking up gasping for air, usually paired with a dream involving drowning or suffocating.
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Losing weight worked for me. Now that I put some of it back on, my snoring has come back.
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How much do you weigh? I lost 40 pounds, and my snoring almost completely went away. If it weren't for that, it was so bad it would have required drastic measures.
This. Even 190 lb. at 6' might be a bit heavy. 10 or 20 lb. may make a difference.

Also, Breath Right strips have worked great for me when I've had snoring problems.
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I lost weight. Snoring stopped.
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Old 01-03-11, 07:38 PM   #14
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I'm a little surprised at the responses. Definitely interesting. As I stand I'm fairly lean, six-pack and all. Of course I could lose weight, but I don't like cutting and frankly would like to put on some more weight in muscle if anything.

Even at 180lbs my freshman year in college my roommate in the dorms almost smothered me in my sleep for it. I'd wake up to him yelling vulgarities. Maybe I'll check out those breathing strips just for the hell of it... Also may have it checked out professionally in the future.

Thanks!
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Old 01-03-11, 08:09 PM   #15
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I did. It took loosing about 40 pounds. Ended up down 65.
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Just get your roommates some ear plugs. Problem solved.
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I'm not overweight, but I snore if I sleep on my back. I don't snore if I sleep on my side.
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Old 01-04-11, 01:15 AM   #18
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Back when I was married, my wife would snore. I would try rolling her over but she'd wake up and clobber me so...that didn't work.
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Sounds like you need professional advice.
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I have severe sleep apnea. On group trips where a lot of guys sleep in one room, I used to get lots of complaints. One guy told me "It's not the volume, although that is quite impressive. It's the rythm. When you stop snoring, you're not breathing. We're always wondering if you just died."

I had the sleep study done. The Tech said "You stop breathing for 2 minutes at a time. Your body has gotten used to this over long time." I got my CPAP machine delivered the next day. Wearing a mask to sleep isn't as comfortable as sleeping without it, but I wake up rested, and so does my wife. I used to sleep for 12 hours and wake up thinking "If I could just sleep 4 more hours, I'll be ok." Now, 7 or 8 hours is more than enough.
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I had the same experience as FunkyStickman. I used to never snore and would grab books, plates, tennis-balls, whatever I could reach from bed, and toss them at my college roommate whose snoring could be heard in the apartment upstairs through the floor! Then when I stopped racing bikes and gained 90-lbs, I started snoring! I suspect it may have something to do with the extra weight of the double-chin? Anyway, after losing most of that extra weight, I stopped snoring.

My wife snores sometimes when she's sick and congested. Rolling her over back and forth helps drain the sinuses from one side to the other so at least one nostril is clear and she doesn't open her mouth. Or I wake her up and give her some Sudafed.

My dog on the other hand... I just kick him.
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My dad has lost 35 pounds and his snoring has stopped completely. I can now visit my parents and get good sleep. It was getting so bad you could hear him on a different level of the house (2 story).
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After my grandfather passed away, he quit snoring. I wouldn't necessarily recommend his cure though.
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Yep - cycling (and the associated weight lose) stopped my snoring
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So gaining weight will make a person start snoring, and hence meet their soulmate?
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