Snoring can be a major cause of marital (or common law) stress (Medical News Today). Think about it; sleep is so important to our health, and when you’re wide awake, staring at the ceiling, counting sheep, or doing whatever you can to fall asleep and suddenly, you hear your significant other start snoring… you can bid your hopes for sweet dreams goodbye.
You stew in frustration. Stare at your partner in the dark and try to toss and turn loudly in hopes that the mattress disturbance wakes them up. Alas, these strategies don’t work and you end up loudly shouting at them or nudging them to wake up.
You finally find yourself falling asleep and you both wake up the next morning grouchy at each other. This has to stop, you tell yourself.
Other than sleeping in separate rooms, which may not be ideal for many, there are a few products available that people swear work quite well for snoring.
Breathe Right Strips
Breathe Right Strips work very well for many but the costs can add up. They cost about $0.40 or so a pop and considering they are barely reusable (the adhesive on them only work once), that can add up to $12 a month. Some may consider this $12 a month a worthy investment for a good night’s sleep, but if you gaff at adding yet another monthly expense in addition to your cell phone bills, internet and cable, home phone bill, then this might not be for you.
The alternative is DIY Breathe Right strips. There are some Youtube videos created on how to make your own Breathe Right strips (involving a Pringles can lid and a fabric band-aid) that seem useful in theory.
Also, another alternative is faking it. There are some knock off Breathe Right (made in China of course) strips that can be purchased on Amazon for about $0.12 a day.
Created by an Ear Nose Throat specialist doctor in Sweden, the Nozovent anti-snoring device can easily be bought online (there are many anti-snoring e-tailers out there or they can be bought on eBay) for about $16 for two Nozovents. They are made of a plastic and the Nozovent can be re-used until the plastic hardens or doesn’t hold the elasticity anymore. This usually lasts for about 3 months or so. That’s $8 for three months which is cheaper than the Breathe Right strips.
The contraption makes you look like Bilbo Baggins the Hobbit (it stretches your nostrils out), but it does seem to do the same thing (open the nasal pathways) like Breathe Right.
Check your extended health/ dental health benefits to see if an oral appliance for snoring (emedicine) is covered. It should be covered under most plans and you would just have to pay for 20% of the cost. Mine cost about $40 but it lasts a lifetime (or until your teeth change shape). You can talk to your dentist about this to see if he or she is comfortable creating one for you.
It basically looks like a mouth guard with your teeth marks moulded into it. What it does is it extends your lower jaw out a little bit and allows for your lower jaw to “rest” a little outwards. This prevents your tongue and the muscles surrounding your jaw from relaxing too much to cause throat-related snoring.
There are many cheaper options that don’t involve your dentist that you can buy on the Internet (alas, what did we do without the Internet) for about $15. I can’t say whether they work or not though, not having tried them myself.
Lastly, make sure you or your significant other doesn’t have sleep apnea
Sleep apnea is a serious health issue that can (like stress) lead to many deleterious effects like high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. It can cause you to have excessive day-time sleepiness even though you’ve gotten your 7-8 hours of sleep a day.
Obstructive sleep apnea is actually quite common and it happens when the tissue around your throat relaxes so much that it blocks your windpipe from breathing (Medical News Today). It’s recognizable when you hear your spouse snoring then suddenly stop for a long period of time (like 10 seconds or so), as if they’re not breathing. This can happen for as often as 10 times an hour (or more depending on the severity of your sleep apnea).
Talk to your health care provider if you think you might have this.
Good sleep is crucial to function well throughout the day and you probably owe it to your partner to try and fix it (or have him or her get used to it eventually). Hopefully one of these frugal anti-snoring devices will work for you and your partner.
Bargainmoosers, do you have a tried and true method of getting rid of snoring?