How To Block Out Snoring With The Best Snoring Aids.
Why do people snore?
There can be many causes of snoring, the main reasons are:
- Being in the wrong sleeping position
- Weight gain
- Sleep Apnea
What are the reasons for snoring?
Snoring is the noise caused by parts of the respiratory structures rattling due to obstructed air flow. snoring can start from the nose, throat or the back of the tongue. Snoring can take many forms:
- Heavier breathing than usual
- Loud continuous rattling
- Sharp high pitched which stops and starts.
- Low rumbling
- Loud gaspy snoring followed by silence and lack of breath, then a loud gasp, usually caused by sleep apnea.
Symptoms of living with loud snoring
Living with someone who is continually snoring can be exhausting and incredibly frustrating, it can affect their partner in many ways due to lack of sleep, including,
- Excessive fatigue
- Anger and rage
- Impaired decision-making and impaired judgement.
The symptoms of being a partner of someone who snores are often made more difficult by
- Denial from the snorer that they snore, even when presented with the evidence.
- Anger from the snorer when their partner tries to move them to stop them snoring.
- Unwillingness from the snorer to try anything to reduce their snoring.
- An eventual breakdown in relationships.
there are many different anti-snoring products on the market which promise snore relief:
- Anti-snore nasal dilators
- Snore stopper wristband
- Anti snoring throat spray
- Oral devices
- Anti-snore chin strap
- Nose clips
- Anti-snore pillows
- pillow sprays
I have lived with my spouse for 18 years, his snoring is unbearably loud, I’ve tried many snoring solutions but he is soo loud that nothing drowns him out!
He is also in denial that he snores so he refuses to wear any of the wristbands, nose clips, or other devices.
If he’s upstairs, we can’t hear the TV downstairs, and on the rare occasions, he has a drink it is absolute torture.
My spouse is in complete denial that he snores and refuses to try anything at all which may alleviate the problem, so, I decided to take the matter into my own hands and do some research into some solutions.
I have in the past tried the wax earplugs, these I must say were brilliant for getting the noise down to a level where I was able to go to sleep, however, when you have kids you need to be able to hear them getting up during the night. So this is no longer an option for me.
We also had our house broken into a year ago, and if I’d been wearing earplugs, I would not have heard the burglars entering our house via the front window.
The best earplugs for sleeping with a snorer.
Although I cant use earplugs anymore I will include them in my snoring solution list as I did get success for many years using ear plugs. there are a few different earplugs on the market.
- Foam earplugs, I found these to be totally ineffective at stopping any noise penetration at all and didn’t stay in at all.
- Silicone earplugs, these were fantastic at filtering out about 95 % of the snoring noise but fell out and got mashed up and tangled in my hair!
- Wax cotton earplugs, these are by far my favourite and when inserted correctly they stay in and effectively reduce approximately 99% of noise you can get the ones I use here: Noise-X Earplugs Wax Cotton 6P
Best anti snoring solutions to reduce snoring naturally.
I started researching snore relief sprays to find out what the active ingredients were and in a lot of the remedies I noticed, that most of them contained the essential oils :
I decided to try Lavender Oil first as I already had some of this in the house. I tried it for a week, and I sprinkled it on a cotton wool pad and put it on the radiator in our bedroom. It did reduce the loudness of the snoring but not for long, after about an hour it was at full pelt again.
Next, I tried Eucalyptus Oil as I already had that in the house too, but my spouse kept waking up all night shouting “what’s that horrible smell” so that didn’t solve any problems! However, I did notice that it did reduce the noise a bit.
So then I finally I tried Red Thyme Oil and this time I put the thyme soaked cotton wool pad just behind my spouse’s pillow.
The results were amazing!
The snoring reduced in volume by approx 60%
The sound was more like very heavy breathing and was less jolty, noisy and erratic, so it was not waking me up every few minutes.
Due to the volume reduction, I was able to drift off to sleep peacefully.
My spouse did not notice the smell.
Do you have any other ways to stop snoring which work for you? Do you live with a snorer? Let us know in the comments we’d love to hear your stories!
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