It’s a perennial problem: He snores; she kicks, pushes, cajoles or finally surrenders and stumbles off to sleep on the couch.
You may have tried the low-tech approach to stop your loved one’s nocturnal noise, via the tennis ball attached to the back of his pajamas to keep him from lying on his back, the most snore-prone position. Now come high-tech approaches such as laser surgery, which removes some of the soft tissue from the back of the mouth so it can’t flap in the breeze.
But rather than spend upwards of $2,000 for surgery, you could also try Snore Control, from the Sharper Image catalog ($59, plus $5.50 shipping and handling; call 800-344-4444). Strap it to his wrist before retiring, and each time he snores, the playing-card-sized alarm vibrates enough to make him stop snoring and shift sleeping positions, but not enough to wake him up.
Snore Control can work on some snorers, says Robert Turner, a polysomnographic technologist who helps people overcome snoring and other sleep disorders at the Rose Sleep Disorders Center in Denver. But if a person has sleep apnea and actually stops breathing over and over each night, the person already is waking up a little each time to start breathing again.
Turner says dental devices that hold the jaw and tongue slightly forward are helpful for some people, as is an adhesive bandage - sold as the Breathe Right Nasal Strip. It sticks on over the nose and a stiff “backbone” springs open the nostrils. It’s available for about $4.99 in drug stores and grocery stores.