Our expert says:
A simple soution that often works is this --- snoring generally occurs when someone is sleeping on their back --- sew a cotten-reel or similar small uncomfortable round object into the middle of the back of his pyjama top or T-shirt or whatever he sleeps in ( SOME form of sleeping gear is required here ! ) --- so that whenever he rolls onto his back, it's uncomfortable and he's likely to roll onto his side again.
If the snoring is really severe, it probably wakes you, so you can observe its pattern. One possibly serious variant is Sleep Apnoea, in which a person snores louder and louder, then stops and may indeed not breathe at all for a while, before starting again. If so, this should lead to a visit and assessment by a good general physicial, maybe a sleep lab if there is one available, for assessment. It can lead to physical and health complications, and at the least, not only does it lead to a sleepless spouse, b ut the person themselves generally wakes feeling unrefreshed and tired.
If it is clear that he does NOT have sleep apnoea, ( which can be worsened by giving sleeping pills, bu can be helped by expert treatment ) then maybe EH's idea of sleeping pills for the spouse could be tempting, but long-term use of such pills isn't good and can lead to increasing sleep problems in the spouse and difficulty in stopping them, unless one cautiously uses modern pills like Stilnox, and NOT on every night of the week.
Oh, and Angie, it is NOT true that "natural" sleeping pills can't cause dependency ---(a) NOTHING sold under the label "natural" ( except for what's in the fruit and veg section of the supermarket ) is actually natural at all. (b) ALL such products contain "chemicals", and (c) if they can sedate you enough to be of any use at all in helping you to sleep, they can cause dependency problems. I don't know why people buy the mischievous lie promoted for profit by so many companies that "Natural" means safe and healthy --- arsenic and strychnine are both extremely natural products, and both are deadly. And no natural tree or shrub I know grows pills or capsules --- such products are always heavily processed in a highly unnatural manner. Another problem is that instead of containing only one active chemical, as in medicines, they contain dozens or hundreds of different chemicals, most or all of which have not been properly tested to prove either safety or effectiveness. They're much more chemically dirty.
ANd as Buzz says, nothing about Somnil is "natural" --- it's a drug, doxylamine, which causes drowsiness, and which is contained in various products including some painkillers, and in this country is allowed to be sold without prescription. Thanks for quoting the facts, Buzz !
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