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If you have been reading any of my opinions over the past few months then you may have come across my battle to stop snoring. So far I have escaped being murdered by my wife by promising to try a number of products that each claim to stop or reduce snoring. As I have been trying to stop snoring I have become a little bit more knowledgeable on the subject of snoring. Apparently there are three main types of snoring – nasal snoring, throat snoring and tongue snoring. It seems that it is important to find out what type of snoring you have, so that you can decide on the best method to reduce the noise. This involves you partner studying your snoring and telling you about it in the morning. This must be a sign of true love when your partner gets this involved. When you sleep at night the muscles in your throat relax and the airway reduces in size. This is quite normal and with most people this does not cause any problems, as their breathing is shallower at night. Unfortunately with some people this reduction causes the throat muscles to vibrate, which is snoring. This is definitely the most common type of snoring. Overweight people also tend to suffer more than others do as the extra weight in the neck closes up the throat even more. This is the type of snoring that I suffer from. I did not have much success with the first two products I tried (‘Snore No More’ and ‘Helps Stop Snoring’, but Snoreeze has been much more successful. I have written opinions on both of the other products if you are interested. Snoreeze is a spray containing a combination of essential oils and vitamins. It works by coating the soft tissues at the back of the throat and keeping the throat more rigid as you sleep and this stops the throat closing up, so reducing the snoring. The company claims that it is 93% effective in reducing snoring noise. I don’t know how much my snoring has reduced, but my wife assur es me that it has got quieter. To use Snoreeze you spray the back of your throat three times. You then have to keep your head tilted back for 20 seconds, after that time you swallow the liquid. It is amazing how many cobwebs you can see during those 20 seconds as you stare at the ceiling. The spray does not have an unpleasant taste and it is hardly noticeable as you swallow it. As you may have guessed out of the three products I have tried so far, this is the most expensive at £12.95 for a bottle (60ml) that lasts for four weeks. This means that it would cost over £150 per year, but you must decide how big a problem your snoring is, to make up your mind if this cost is worth while. I am currently coming to the end of my second bottle, but I was lucky enough to get these two for free from Snoreeze as I participated in a survey for them. I shall have to buy a new bottle this weekend, but I know it is going to be worth it. On the ITV television programme ‘This Morning’ they had a phone-in feature on snoring with their resident doctor. At the end of this session he listed his top five suggestions for reducing snoring and Snoreeze was in his list. If you want some more information on the company you can look on their web site at: http://www.snoreeze.co.uk You can buy Snoreeze at most major chemists and health food stores, also you can buy it on-line. I have had no side effects at all from this product and I would certainly recommend it to anybody else who suffers from snoring, as long as the price is not prohibitive.
I have a problem sleeping - it's my husband. Whilst I am incredibly fond of him in every other way, most nights I feel in almost overwhelming temptation to bludgeon him to death with anything that comes to hand. He snores. No, that's not right. He doesn't just snore - he SNORES. Last week, after a very busy day, we went to the local music society's performance of Handel's Messiah. I went to sleep three times. In a draughty building and on an uncomfortable seat, I went to sleep and was only roused by particularly loud bursts of choral music. But I can't sleep in a lovely comfortable bed with my husband. It's not just his snoring, its the fact that I lie there waiting for him to start snoring. Even his breathing keeps me awake! Over the past few months, we have tried a whole range of methods to stop him snoring. We had frozen through winter nights with the windows open at the advice of my grandmother who believes that its the warm air that makes my husband snore. Didn't work. We have tried a range of antihistamines from herbal ones bought in a health food shop to really strong ones on prescription from the doctor. These prescription antihistamines actually made the situation worse as he still snored just as badly as before but now I couldn't wake him up. We bought a special pillow that was guaranteed to stop snoring. It didn't so it went back to the supplier. We bought some exorbitantly expensive drops to put on the pillow to promote clear nasal passages but my husband's nasal passages remained stubbornly blocked. We paid £250 for private allergy testing to see if it was a food allergy that was causing the problems but, other than discovering that he has a mild allergy to broccoli (which he detests and has never eaten since I have known him) we were none the wiser. Finally, someone recommended Snoreeze. This is a little bottle of herbal liquid tha t you spray into the back of the throat just before going to sleep. It is important that you don't eat or drink anything after taking the spray because it coating that forms on the back of the throat would be weakened. Only three squirts of the spray are necessary and you then have to wait 20 seconds before swallowing (its quite funny watching my husband standing with his mouth wide open and his head tilted back for 20 seconds but then I'm easily amused!) The spray smells, and apparently tastes, minty and is made with all herbal ingredients so I would presume that it can't actually do any harm. The ultimate question - does it work? The first night was blissful. I can honestly say that there wasn't a single sound out of him. We both had a really peaceful nights sleep. A happy ending? Unfortunately not. The first bottle of Snoreeze lasted about a month and we did have a generally peaceful snoring-free time. Certainly, the result was good enough to encourage to buy a second bottle when the first was finished. However, despite buying exactly the same product, we had noticeably less success with this second bottle. In fact, the snoring seemed to get progressively worse every night until now it is not worth bothering with and the bottle is gathering dust on the bedroom shelf. I don't know if this is because the body becomes used to products (a bit like antibiotics) so it gradually becomes less effective or maybe we got a rogue batch the second time but it is certainly not working any more and my husband's snoring is back to its previous volume. All is not lost because Snoreeze do guarantee a full refund if the product is not satisfactory so we could get our money back. This is fortunate really as it is not cheap - £14 for a bottle that lasts a month. Mind you, if it worked, I would not have any qualms about paying this on an ongoing basis - its a small price to pay for a peaceful nig ht of sleep. At the moment, we're not trying to get our money back. This is partly because we can't find the receipt and partly because we want to see if it becomes more effective after a couple of weeks without taking it. If there are any developments, I'll update my opinion accordingly. In summary, this herbal spray may provide at least temporary respite from snoring. Even if it doesn't work, there is a full money back guarantee. So its certainly well worth a try. As for us, we've just started to use some little strips that get stuck across the nose to keep the airways open. I can't remember that they're called and, anyway, that's a whole different opinion waiting to be written.
This is a new anti-snoring remedy, available from chemists and at www.passionforlife.com (problem solvers section). It is a herbal spray which is applied to the back of the throat and the roof of the mouth before bedtime, and claims to reduce or even stop snoring noise. It tastes of peppermint and is not at all unpleasant. In tests, 97% of people apparently found it effective, but in this house unfortunately 0% found it effective (back to the ear plugs!). However, Snoreeze carries a full money back guarantee (within, I think, two weeks of trying it). Our refund arrived by return of post with a helpful letter recommending the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association (tel: 01249 701010). I would still suggest a trial with this product for anyone who has a snorer in the house. Loss and disruption of sleep are serious problems and other anti-snoring measures, such as surgery or separate rooms, can be much more drastic. There is literally nothing to lose by giving Snoreeze a try.