Snoring Thursday, November 14, 2013 @ 14:27:56

I love this story I came across in the UK’s Daily Mail yesterday...some blokes are such idiots...

He probably wished he just chewed his arm off.

A drunk 41-year-old man has been left red-faced after calling police to remove his snoring sex partner from his Wisconsin apartment.

Benjamin Todd Duddles dialed 911 about 4.20am Sunday to say he wanted 'a female removed from his bed', adding he wasn't sure 'how she got into his apartment'. He then changed his story, saying he let her into his White Rock Ave, Waukesha, unit and she 'just went into his bed and fell asleep'.

Duddles complained the unidentified woman was 'now snoring like a train and he wants her out'. However when cops arrived, Duddles revealed the pair 'drank together, had relations and she fell asleep'.

But when he couldn't rouse the slumbering woman, he called police according to a Waukesha Police Department report.

His unidentified lover was 'found to be fine medically, just has sleep apnea'.

Police suggested Duddles sleep on the couch after reminding him that a snoring woman was not a police matter. He wasn't arrested.

Some of us may have felt the frustration and perhaps despair of having a partner who snores, so luckily there are such things as ear plugs and spare rooms...but unless our bed partner is disrupting our sleep, most of us don’t think of snoring as something to be overly concerned about.

But frequent, loud snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea, a common and potentially serious disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts as you sleep. Although sleep apnea is treatable, it often goes unrecognised. Learning how to identify the warning signs and how to distinguish it from normal snoring, is the first step to overcoming sleep apnea and getting a good night’s sleep.

And then there are the options for treatment...these might include change of diet or lifestyle, perhaps wearing a breathing device at night or in severe cases, surgery.

But, a good idea is to visit your dentist to explore the option of a dental device. Most dental devices are acrylic and fit inside your mouth, much like an athletic mouth guard. Others fit around your head and chin to adjust the position of your lower jaw. Two common oral devices are the mandibular repositioning device and the tongue retaining device. These devices open your airway by bringing your lower jaw or your tongue forward during sleep.

Dental devices are only effective for mild to moderate sleep apnea. But be aware, there are also a number of troubling side effects from using this type of treatment, including soreness, saliva build-up, nausea, and damage or permanent change in position of the jaw, teeth, and mouth.

It is very important to get fitted by a dentist specialising in sleep apnea, and to see the dentist on a regular basis for any dental problems that may occur. You may also need to periodically have your dentist adjust the mouthpiece to fit better.

In any case...if none of these treatments work...I find that half a bottle of wine before bed will more than likely block out the noise of the freight train snoozing beside you, sometimes its worth the fuzzy head in the morning.