First of all, no one thinks they snore. Then, once your partner convinces you that you really are keeping them (along with the neighbors, possibly) awake through this very distinctive form of aural torture, you will want to do something (anything!) to stop. As a public service for all the suffering sleep-deprived partners out there, we searched through our archives to find out what worked for our readers who were in the same situation...
This can be an even more frustrating problem for couples in small apartments - often, when the partner who can't sleep tries to escape to the sofa, they can still hear the snoring, making for a double whammy. Therefore, I looked for reader advice that didn't suggest moving to the guest room or the sofa, and only included the solutions that assumed that both people were staying put...
Readers weigh in on what's worked for them:
How to dramatically lessen snoring, if not stop it:
1. The person who snores MUST learn to do nasal lavage—-cleaning out the nasal passages with saline water. Look up jala-neti on the internet and DO IT. You can buy a neti-pot or you can take a baby bottle and put holes in it.
2. The person who snores MUST NOT eat in the evening. It is the food in the stomach that pushes up against the diaphragm and causes the snoring. Eat nothing more than fruit after 5 P.M. and very little of that. Drink liquids sparingly. Just TRY it for a week and see what a difference it makes. - Fontessa
My sweetie snores, a lot. Especially if he has been drinking or snacking late at night. I use earplugs and keep a fan going. The white noise helps block out the sudden stop-start of his snoring. During allergy season, he does the salt water rinse and wears the Breathe Rite strips. - gquaker
The cheapest white noise I know of is just turning on the radio or tv to static. You can actually make it pretty loud and after a little bit it soothes you to sleep. Great for use in hotels too. - home body
Check for sleep apnea. My current boyfriend was a horrible snorer - turns out it was sleep apnea, and he stopped breathing many times a night. The CPAP has really made a difference. Sounds kind of like a white noise machine and we both sleep better. - Jessimukha
I agree with jessimuhka regarding getting checked for sleep apnea. Especially if you or your SO's snoring is of the "snore, stop breathing, gasp, and then snore again" kind. Sleep apnea can have a lot of health repercussions... weight, blood pressure, even reducing life expectancy. Most insurance companies will pay for a sleep study if your doctor orders it. Oh, and yes, the snoring will actually stop entirely if it's due to sleep apnea and it is treated. - greenish
Large meals are huge culprits when it comes to snoring. If the snorer will try—-for about a week to 10 days—-to not eat after about 5 pm, then he/she can slowly start eating again and determine where the "food intake" cut-off point is. - Fontessa
My husband snores and he's tried some palate strips recently with some success. They're gelatinous menthol strips (not very different from those you can buy to freshen your breath) and you stick them on your palate. It does reduce his snoring to a bearable level. :) - sophier
My husband's CPAP has improved both our of sleep and his daily functioning. He's actually getting rest at night which means he can focus on being awake during the day. Sometimes he rips the mask off in the middle of the night and I can always tell the next day, just by his coloring. Love that thing. - meg286
I use a mediaflow pillow and temprepudic 3" mattress topper has greatly helped me. I have sleep apnea but am young, 5' 11" and 160lbs, certainly not my weight. Went for a sleep study and have a 28% decrease in sleep and woke up something like 27 times in a 8 hour sleep period due to stop breathing. Next test would have been BiPap titration. No thanks! Not sleeping with a machine. Have to look into surgeries, although all for sleep apnea have a VERY low percentage of improvement for such invasive procedures. - Matthew K.
I have tried both the snorepin and another product called Nasivent (which seems similar to the Nozovent). The snorepin worked when it stayed in, but that was rare. The Nasivent also worked well and it stayed in. While I am adamant that I didn't snore in the first place, my girlfriend is quite grateful to the Nasivent ;-) - Johnathanrhall
I was a horrible snorer until I found Brez. Its a nose insert like the pic above and it worked like a charm. My wife loves me again... :) - BenGWade
My husband slowly but surely began to snore regularly and when it would be so loud and so immediate (after 2 minutes he would be snoring!) I would sleep in the other room. While it helped my sleep, it did nothing for our intimacy and I could slowly feel us growing apart. I begged him to go and get tested for sleep apnea after counting lags in breathing in-between snores that lasted about 25-28 seconds! He has been diagnosed with moderate sleep apnea and now has a breathing machine that has made a HUGE difference that I can actually sleep through the night and so can he! I encourage anyone who snores regularly and loudly to go through the study. - camidoodi
Please share your advice and suggestions for dealing with snoring in the comments below and lots of sleepy people will thank you!
(Re-edited from a post originally published 11.9.11 - JL)