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Old 11-16-2018, 03:11 PM
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Default Snoring / CPAP Vs. Sleeping Apart

My snoring has gotten worse and is keeping my bride awake which in turn keeps me awake. I generally sleep fine and am not sure if I have sleep apnea or not but I just figured they may prescribe a CPAP for me to help with the problem. I have an appointment with my otolaryngologist next week just for this snoring issue.
Of course the other option is for me to sleep in another room which neither of us want. Everyone I talk to that has a CPAP says it has helped them greatly.
Anyone else have to contemplate this decision? I don't like either option. I'm almost 56 years old.
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Old 11-16-2018, 03:23 PM
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Going through this now myself and I'm also going to the sleep doctor after Thanksgiving to see what can be done about my snoring. I dont want to sleep hooked up to some ridiculous machine but apparently that is the only recourse for people who snore.
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Old 11-16-2018, 03:32 PM
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Find out. Snoring is not always sleep apnea. But sleep apnea would exhibit some other sings. Some actually life threatening. Low blood oxygen level. If your tired all the time and falling asleep at the wheel, developing other maladies including frequent urination then maybe so. But the only way to find out is the study. If your actually stopping breathing and often during sleep then your never getting true sleep and your starving your body of oxygen.
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Old 11-16-2018, 03:35 PM
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I didn't think I needed a CPAP until I had a sleep study done. I thought they were exaggerating how many times my sleep was disrupted. The first morning after using the CPAP I woke up with a sore hip. I had not moved at all in over eight hours. Other than the hip I felt fantastic. The rig I had was a nose only unit. It had a head band and an arm that went down in front of my face with an end piece that had two "nozzles" that went in my nostrils. Weird looking but very comfortable.

Since then I had my (huge) tonsils removed and underwent what is called a "UP3" procedure. I no longer need the CPAP. I don't know if you would be a candidate for the surgery but it might be worth looking into.
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Old 11-16-2018, 03:36 PM
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Originally Posted by SEATOAD View Post
Going through this now myself and I'm also going to the sleep doctor after Thanksgiving to see what can be done about my snoring. I dont want to sleep hooked up to some ridiculous machine but apparently that is the only recourse for people who snore.
It's not your only recourse. Not sure about you two but for me losing weight would probably help. Im 36 and I've had a cpap for about 3 months. We do still sleep in separate rooms, have for years. If you do have to get a cpap check the numbers when buying. It was actually a lot cheaper for me to pay out of pocket instead of rent to own through insurance.
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Old 11-16-2018, 03:43 PM
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Try some breathe right strips first. Low probability of it working, but did it for my bil. Low risk, and you’ll find out quick.
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Try some breathe right strips first. Low probability of it working, but did it for my bil. Low risk, and you’ll find out quick.
The breathe right strips will definitely help a stuffy nose or tight septum, but snoring and obstructive sleep apnea is different, where the tissues in your throat collapse and block the airway. No bueno if you want to wake up every morning.
The Ear, Nose & Throat doctor I went to offered a surgical procedure that he calls The Pillars, where they implant a couple stiff plastic bars into the soft spot, to keep those from sagging overnight. It's new, and he said that my insurance at the time would cover at least a portion of the cost. He was saying it's 90 percent effective in eliminating snoring, but the CPAP is 99 percent for those that actually use it.

Me - I've used a CPAP since 2002 and get to sleep faster, sleep better, and the daytime drowsy (falling asleep driving) problem ended. Nights that I fall asleep without it are restless until I put on the mask and push that switch. Then it's a good night for me.
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It's not your only recourse. Not sure about you two but for me losing weight would probably help. Im 36 and I've had a cpap for about 3 months. We do still sleep in separate rooms, have for years. If you do have to get a cpap check the numbers when buying. It was actually a lot cheaper for me to pay out of pocket instead of rent to own through insurance.
I lost 70 pounds in the last two years, and I gotta believe I'm snoring less.
However I lost another 170 pounds all of a sudden, and now do not have anyone to monitor or provide accurate feedback, other than the pups and they never tell me the truth.

Sometimes you will find CPAP machines at garage or estate sales, from folks that tried them and failed or died. GRAB THEM.
You can easily get new headgear online and there is no huge expense or prescription required. I want to say that the new Nasal Pillows kit I'm using now set me back $14 including shipping.

And the CPAP device just might save your life. Or allow you to reclaim the shared bed.
YMMV
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I have mild sleep apnea and use a cpap machine. It does wonders for my snoring. Makes the wife happy so I’m happy.
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Old 11-16-2018, 05:38 PM
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I clear rooms and shake windows. I don't care. lol. I had a girlfriend at one point who snored also but nowhere near as bad. My friends tell me my small memory foam pillow I use for trips makes less of a roar. I try to remember that one when sleeping over.
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I lost 70 pounds in the last two years, and I gotta believe I'm snoring less.
However I lost another 170 pounds all of a sudden, and now do not have anyone to monitor or provide accurate feedback, other than the pups and they never tell me the truth.

Sometimes you will find CPAP machines at garage or estate sales, from folks that tried them and failed or died. GRAB THEM.
You can easily get new headgear online and there is no huge expense or prescription required. I want to say that the new Nasal Pillows kit I'm using now set me back $14 including shipping.

And the CPAP device just might save your life. Or allow you to reclaim the shared bed.
YMMV
damn you lost 240 pounds? Good for you man! I’ve been on cpap for 2-3 years and love it. Where’d you get a nasal pillows kit for fourteen bucks?
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damn you lost 240 pounds? Good for you man! I’ve been on cpap for 2-3 years and love it. Where’d you get a nasal pillows kit for fourteen bucks?
No - I personally lost about 70 pounds, went from a 40 or 42 inch waist down to 34" jeans. Today I weigh 201 pounds. Six foot six.
and got divorced...

I want to say that the nasal pillow kits came from an online web-store, but I forget who, and I got two masks, a pair of air filters for under $40. shipped.
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snoring is a side effect of apnea, but many things can cause snoring. I tried a couple different mouth pieces, and the breathe right before I did a sleep study. My wife was on the verge of making me move to our spare room my snoring got so bad. I would wake up and the wife was in the other room. In the last year before I got the machine it would happen more frequently. After talking to the sleep specialist I checked just about all the boxes, the sleep study was just a formality. I got my machine and things have been like night and day. Just as was said above, if I fall asleep without it on or take it off in the middle of the night I am not the same the next day. I’ve had mine for about a year now. The only negative I see is that I can’t go to sleep for the night spooning with the misses anymore. I also haven’t woken up dead yet eaither, so the benefits heavily outweigh the bad.
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Old 11-16-2018, 06:58 PM
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I used to sleep totally silent to the point my wife would tell me she would wake up and have to check to see if I was breathing. Then like someone flipped a switch I started snoring like stuffed up walrus. Im 5'11 and 185lbs - and have been since I was 20 - so not overweight and nothing else has really changed in my life that would cause me to suddenly start snoring - but now I do for whatever reason. Ive tried the mouthpieces but they made me drool so bad I would wake up choking on my own spit AND they did nothing for my snoring according to my wife. I've tried the breathe right in combination with a warm Neilmed nasal rinse before bed and that seems to help quite a bit. I can't sleep on my back anymore because that is the worst snore position - If I do I will wake up in the morning and the wife will be in the guest room. It will be interesting to see what the sleep Dr. has to say about why I am snoring. At this point I would do just about anything to make it stop.
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Good friend has used a Cpap for about 7-8 years. He is 57yo 5'8" about 180# so not much overweight. Just had nasal surgery last Friday to correct a badly deviated septum. May have to have 1 or 2 follow surgeries down the road to it just right but he did not want to be tied to the Cpap for life. Fingers crossed.
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The Misses snores worse than a freight train; with the cpap on she's quite as a mouse.

If you get a cpap of any kind buy the SoClean unit at the same time. Yes they are a lot of money but they are worth their weight in gold.
https://canadacpapsupply.com/soclean...SABEgJh_fD_BwE
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Thanks guys for all this info. 2:49 am now and have slept like a rock for past 6 hours. Not sure how bad I snored this time. Will be up at 4:15 to begin my typical day at work.
I did buy the nasal strips and used once, not much help. My snoring is down deeper in my throat most of the time.

Yeah spooning with a CPAP sounds difficult. ....but it's over anyway when the hot flash kicks in....

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People rarely want to try something that actually works...stop drinking alcohol. Zip, zero, nada. Sadly it will greatly reduce snoring.
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Get the sleep study. If you have apnea go with the CPAP. I use a dreamwear head harness that just lays under my nostrils and is very comfortable. Prior to my diagnosis neither my wife or I was getting good sleep. Well worth the minor adjustments on my part while getting used to the CPAP.
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I use mouthpiece, snoreRX. Went from rattling the walls to zero snoring. Wife was happy. Lately I have some apnea if I don't use the mouthpiece, I need to lose a few pounds.
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