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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 April, 2005, 10:46 GMT 11:46 UK
Homespun remedies for snoring
It's National Stop Snoring Week, so in the spirit of the occasion, here are nine ways you - or your loved one - may be able to quieten that nocturnal racket. Send us your suggestion for a 10th alternative remedy, at the bottom of the page.

1. Take up singing. According to the University of Exeter, singing tones flabby muscles in the back of the throat, reducing the irritating night time vibrations that cause the noise.

2. Sew a tennis ball into the back of the snorer's pyjamas. This will make it uncomfortable for them to sleep on their backs, and will force them on to their sides, where they're less likely to snore.

3. Tape the snorer's lips together? Well, that's what a doctor, writing in Glasgow's The Herald, said. He warned, though, that "obviously this technique requires caution and should not be used where the snorer has any breathing difficulties." Duh. As a follow-up, he suggested the snorer's partner could wear earplugs.

4. Apply nasal strips. Used most often by athletes and footballers, such as Robbie Fowler, plenty of doctors and snorers say that the little, strange-looking strips, which hold open the airways, allow better flow of air and less noise.

5. Try sticking a baby's dummy in the snorer's mouth. This was suggested by an agony aunt in the Sunday Mercury, who offered "frustrated Wendy" from Coventry that gem along with the usual suggestions, like losing weight and drinking less alcohol.

6. Talk to your doctor about antihistamines. The drug, along with making the snorer sleepy, is supposed to open nasal passages, reducing the night time symphony.

7. If you're brave, there's a wristband on the market that gives a snorer a gentle electric shock with each snort.

8. Apply vapour rub. The gooey, pungent gel has some snorers swearing that it's alleviated their symptoms. And, presumably, they have fewer colds.

9. Ditch your pillow. Apparently, anything that puts a crick in a snorer's neck is likely to exacerbate the problem.

Thanks for suggesting the 10th remedy and telling us why it works. Here are some of your suggestions.

To stop you hearing the snoring, use foam ear plugs - it works, it's cheap, re-useable, safe (no drugs) - maintains peace and harmony (and quiet).
Mike Crofts, UK

Keep your bedroom well circulated with fresh air, plus more outdoor activities during the day. Snoring is due to nosal block. The above hopefully reduce blockage of nose, thus reduce chances of snoring.
Yue Chen, London

Don't quite know whether you'd class this as a remedy - it's not really something you can do at home! I used to snore dreadfully and sleep really badly so that I felt tired during the day. I saw an ENT specialist who noticed I had a deviated septum. This means the septum (the bone and cartilage bit that separates my nostrils) was bent to one side. Because of this, I could rarely breathe through my right nostril at all; something I thought was just normal. On the advice of the specialist, I had a septoplasty operation on the NHS, and it's improved my life no end. A septoplasty is done under general anaesthetic, and is an internal reshaping of the nasal septum for functional (rather than cosmetic) reasons - in this case to improve air flow. My nose still looks the same shape, and I now get a good night's sleep - so does my girlfriend! If a deviated septum is the reason why you're snoring, then maybe see about getting it fixed!
Mike Laurie, Scotland

Give up smoking! I've done it for 14 weeks now and I have been reliably informed that I no longer snore!!! Its definitely worth the effort.
Matt Terry, UK

Work nightshift - that way you won't have to sleep at the same time as each other!
NIK, UK

I had my tonsils and uvula removed - an instant success but it was extremely painful.
Andrea, UK

Get in touch with Dr L'Estrange at the Middlesex Hospital. His research has been going on for years and he's a great guy. The apparatus worn at night, like two gum shields worn on top and lower jaw keep the bottom jaw pushed forward and thus keeping the air passages open. Life changing and works like a dream!
Jason North, London

I find a sharp elbow in the ribs works wonders. He's so wide awake afterwards, that it allows me enough time to doze off!
Katy, Cardiff, UK

Get a water bed (great if you suffer from a bad back). When snoring starts, partner bounces up and down a couple of times....resultant 'wave' will gently roll snorer on to side, where they should settle quietly. Both are then lulled to sleep as remaining ripples disapate over a few moments - just like rocking a cradle.
Chris Hayes, UK

Sleep in a separate room!
Emma, Warks

The Snorban device works for me! This is a molded piece of rubber, like a boxer's mouth guard which you wear whilst sleeping, which forces the mouth open and prevents snoring.
Murray Furtado, UK

Ear plugs - doesn't stop the snoring, but I get a good night's sleep!
Mike, UK

Stay awake. If you don't fall asleep there is a 100% that you won't snore.
Sacha Chorley, UK

Remove table salt and any seasonings containing salt from you diet, and try to cut down on hidden forms of salt such as theatre popcorn and processed foods.
Mark D. Hartmann, US

Tape a small microphone near the snorers nose and connect it to a small pair of headphones that the ignorant sod is wearing. Just to be sure that they know they're snoring turn the headphone volume up to 11. Hey presto. They instantly wake up and stop snoring, leaving the rest of us to enjoy our eight hours.
Martin Breslin, Sweden

If you are a snorer, make sure your partner snores as well. Since the person snoring never hears their own snores, then, if both of you snore, neither snorer can hear each other
Vic Denwood, England

At school we used to carry the snorers bed outside while they slept, in winter. It always worked.
Pete, UK

Divorce - my ex-wife says since she divorced me, my snoring hasn't kept her awake once!
Andrew Allport, England




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