If you have a snorer in the family, you know all about the freight train, the huffing and puffing, the snorts and honks that might emanate all through the night. Try to get some beauty sleep with that going on-!
Toiletries and totes in hand, our family headed off for an early birthday overnight for Petya, whose 17th birthday is coming up next week. I encouraged my husband that it would be absolutely delightful if he purchased some sort of snoring remedy for himself before we made the trip. I mean, 35 years is a long time, and in tight quarters, it’s difficult to banish anyone to another location, or just get up and move yourself.
“You can order whatever you want online,” I suggested. “I would do it for you, but we’ve tried that, and I didn’t know what was comfortable for you.”
It was the day before departure and still nothing. Was I surprised? I inquired again as to what was his game plan.
Later that day, he arrived with packages in hand.
“I spoke with the pharmacist who suggested a three-part approach…” he related.
“First, I need to keep the nasal passages moist with a saline nasal mist. Then, I coat the throat with a peppermint spray, and finally I have to apply an exterior nasal strip that supposedly keeps the nose open,” Benedetto said.
He had tried the strips in the past without much success. I was willing to give him an “A” for effort for learning about the 3-part approach.
Who knew what would actually work? The internet offered all kinds of solutions to the problem of snoring: blowing the nose, taking a hot and steamy shower, sleeping in a different position. And maybe for some, these were real possibilities.
Yet, we were dealing with a rather large, Italian probiscus. I was concerned, but guardedly optimistic.
Come nighttime, the entire family was extremely exhausted. We put the kids to bed and turned in ourselves around 10:30. Benedetto worked on his computer, tapping, typing, tapping, typing, which made it hard to fall asleep, no matter how worn out I was. At long last he ceased his work, and I fell off to sleep.
On and off I awakened during those early hours. He was not snoring, but I had received a lot of unfortunate news during the daytime that I tried to put to rest by night. My subconscious kept struggling with it and I tossed and turned.
2:21 am. He’s snoring. At first, it bubbled up little by little, at last crescendoing to freight-train volume.
“You’re snoring,” I report.
“You’re SNORING. Can you do something?”
He goes for another spray to the throat and returns. Within minutes, the low-level snoring resumes. Within an hour, the full-force snoring takes effect.
I don’t go back to sleep for the rest of the night. I had my four hours of fitful sleep, I guess I should be happy with that.
Benedetto is in disbelief when I tell him he was snoring again. I’m not in disbelief when I am forced to concede that yet another anti-snoring remedy has bitten the dust, though it did work for an hour or so at a stretch.
Do you know of anything that might silence the snorers among us?
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