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Old 03-20-2012, 09:50 PM   #1
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seems like there have been a couple of posts lately about insomnia and needing sleep so here's my sleep post. I am pregnant which results in insomnia and difficulty getting comfy to fall asleep and if I wake up it is a nightmare trying to fall back asleep. All of that is made worse by the fact that my hubby snores like a freight train. I've sent him to MD's, sleep clinics etc over the last 5yrs and it is not apnea and the only suggestions we have been given are nose spray and a custom mouth piece ($$ and he hates it). I sleep in our guest room which is about to become baby #2's room so I either have to a-suffocate hubby b-sleep on the couch c-cure hubby's snoring. Anyone have a brilliant suggestion?
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Old 03-20-2012, 10:25 PM   #2
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If the snoring occurs mostly when he's on his back, sew some tennis balls into he back of his shirt so he can't roll onto his back without discomfort.

I also know of someone who had part of their soft palate removed to help reduce snoring, but I don't think that's for everyone.

Or you could rent him a cheap motel room down the street.
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Earplugs. Of any kind, but I use the silicone ones which do tend to stick in your hair if it's long, but boy do they work! If you put your hair in a braid if it's long it's not a big deal IMO. You just have to pull the hairs out in the morning. I reuse them for several nights till they don't feel sticky anymore.

I prefer the silicone to the little spongy ones. The little spongy ones hurt my ears and are hard to put in. This is the type

Like this although they have generic. I usually get them at Target.
http://www.amazon.com/Macks-Pillow-S...2305891&sr=8-1
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Jan - I have used earplugs - that is how we made it through the first 5yrs of our marriage. The problem now is that we have a 20month old and I need to be able to hear him if he wakes up. Similarly, I will need to hear the new baby when he wakes up.
My hubby wakes exhausted and is not sleeping well as a result of snoring so we really need to get it figured out but no MD seems to be concerned b/c it is not apnea.
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Ohhh I didn't think of that. I agree you can't wear earplugs. Since he's not sleeping well I'm surprised it's not apnea, too. Maybe a c-pap machine would help even though they say he doesn't have it? Because it creates a positive airway... or something like that?
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seems like there have been a couple of posts lately about insomnia and needing sleep so here's my sleep post. I am pregnant which results in insomnia and difficulty getting comfy to fall asleep and if I wake up it is a nightmare trying to fall back asleep. All of that is made worse by the fact that my hubby snores like a freight train. I've sent him to MD's, sleep clinics etc over the last 5yrs and it is not apnea and the only suggestions we have been given are nose spray and a custom mouth piece ($$ and he hates it). I sleep in our guest room which is about to become baby #2's room so I either have to a-suffocate hubby b-sleep on the couch c-cure hubby's snoring. Anyone have a brilliant suggestion?
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Year plugs?
She posted above that she can't do that because she has a toddler and a baby on the way. Has to be able to hear them.
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Gad, it sure sounds like sleep apnea to me. My hubby has suffered from it for years and has been on a Cpap machine for almost 10 years now. What a blessing!
He gets his needed sleep and doesn't walk around like a zombie these days. HE's getting the oxygen he needs and the sleep he needs.
Personally, I'd get a second opinion....
The only other thing I can think of is to make him turn over on his side when he's snoring.
Mostly snoring is a symptom of a greater problem and if it keeps up like this, it is more than likely that 'greater' problem will show itself but by then, it may be too late.
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Yes, I vote for a second opinion for hubby and maybe even get the machine anyway to see if it will help.

Earplugs are great (even though I know you can't use them, vaknitter). Just don't do what one of my friends did: She dreamed she was eating taquitos one night, and woke up chewing on one of her earplugs! EWWWW! But that story cracks me up every time I think about it!
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Thank you for the input. Unfortunately, we cannot get a CPAP machine w/out a script and we can't get a script b/c he does not have apnea. I actually am going to have to jump through hoops to get him an appt at the one clinic in town he hasn't been too b/c he was already told he doesn't have apnea. They will require a referral and I'm guessing our GP isn't going to be pleased to hear from me again regarding this issue.
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