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Anti Snoring Devices

Hi, As I mentioned recently I have been found to have very mild sleep apnoea but my wife is convinced that my lack of sleep is due to snoring. She says I wake myself up when it gets loud!!!

I was wondering if any of you have had any success with the various anti snoring devices that are on the market?

Just to link this to AF, I find that my AF is worse when I am tired

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AF, snoring and SA are all bedfellows. I too have mild SA. Also my AF is worse when I am tired. I am in persistent AF.


For sure linked to tiredness. Def see a sleep Aponea specialist.


I went tee-total and have just about stopped snoring. Not sure why but I have?

There are chin-straps available if you Google "anti snoring devices", and some other stuff (nose clips etc) as well. Haven't a clue whether they work but maybe you can see some reviews?



Hi Timmo, have a look at this site. I use their sports breather for night time and it works. The one for snoring is called the Mute. They do a starter pack with three sizes in so you are able to find one that fits your nose. I have been using their sport one for about two weeks now and I am sleeping a lot better. I don't snore but my nose is blocked most of the time and this bit of kit really opens up my nose so I am able to breath which ever side I sleep on. Before I had to sleep on the side my nose was clear on. The only reason I purchased the sport one was because I did not know about the Mute. I'm getting three medium Mutes on my next purchase.




Just had the latest Sorin Pacemaker implanted...records and prints out complete history of Sleep disordered breathing. A Respiratory Disturbance Index and a Apnoea Histogram... plus observations found.

In my case.. Suspicion of Severe Sleep disordered breathing 3nights, with RDI> 20 over the last week. (on download date).

Since Pacemaker implanted..(last reset) 15% of nights with RDI> 20

Also, Last 24 hour nights... number of disturbed respiratory events- and a heart rate curve chart... my example curve.. 03 January... Time 00.00hrs to 05.00hrs ... with HR of 100 to 200 bpm sleeping . I was still in Fast A/F at the time.

Also records the A/F...Respiratory Disturbance Index: 21

Time in A/F 19 h . 42m... Valid Night Chart, DR Events and Severity Threshold chart.

Plus a ECG strip (25mm/s)- examples of A/F events - Atrial and Ventricle ... with full calibration for Cardiologist ,EP

Good piece of kit!


Check as to whether you should be driving or not or whether you should be driving with restrictions


That is fair comment but apparently the apnoea recorded on me is not far from that recorded in a "normal" person. I rate very lowly on a sleep scale they do




Sleep apnea and snoring are caused by the same thing: when lying on your back your upper palate collapses and closes off the airway, either partially (snoring) or fully (apnea).

The solution is equally simple: don't sleep on your back.

If that's not realistic, you might want to try this, which works for me:

Find a firm pillow and place it under one of your shoulder blades so that side of your upper body is higher than the other. Turn your head in the same direction. I put the firm pillow under my left shoulder and tuck my regular pillow (firm, but not as firm as the other one) between my right shoulder and my chin. This way my head is supported at about the same angle as my upper body.


That sounds interesting Kodaska but to be honest I cant work it out. Do you sleep with your head to the right or the left? My wife used to attach a tennis ball to the back of my pajamas but I would just push it to one side.


I put a firm pillow under my left shoulder blade and back, which tips my upper body toward the right. Then I put a somewhat less-firm (but fairly thick) pillow on top of my right shoulder so the right side of my face rests on the pillow. I adjust the position of the right-side pillow so my head is turned only a slight amount relative to the line of my shoulders.

It takes a bit of adjustment to get the left-side pillow position just right. It helps that it tapers toward the ends. A piece of wedge-shaped foam would be best but I haven't gotten around to finding one.

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Wish it was that simple! Some people have persistent sleep apnea and/or snoring even sleeping in other positions.


Is sleep apnea or snoring caused by something other than the upper palate collapsing due to gravity?


Not an expert on this, but yes, there are various causes. Anatomical variations, alcohol, medications, aging process, neuromuscular diseases, etc.


My husband used a CPAP machine for several years, but lost weight and was able to switch to a custom dental device which gently pulls his jaw forward. MUCH easier than CPAP. Not everyone is a candidate for this solution. The device sounded expensive, but our US insurance contract got the price substantially lower.


I am currently trying to lose weight, I'm 6ft and weighed 14/12 and I've got down to 14/2...............very slowly!


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