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02/06/07

Snore No More--Part II

Samara Rozier has no trouble talking about her husband Bill's snoring problem. "Until I met him, I had never met anyone who snores as loudly as he does. It's very interruptive," she laughed.

For admitted snorer Bill Rozier, his ruckus keeps his whole house up at night, including his wife, Samara. Right after they got married, Bill and Samara decided it was time to try and fix Bill's noisy problem. "You get tired of being tired all the time. You get tired of feeling sleepy," exclaimed Bill.

So Bill, along with millions of other Americans, turned to over the counter remedies. Things that could be found at the corner grocery store, or even in your very own home. But with more than 300 products out on the market, finding the right one for you can mean many restless nights of trial and error.

Dr. Anthony Costrini is a Sleep Disorder Specialist with Costrini Sleep Services. He knows all about what's out there on store shelves and in his mind the most popular and most effective? Breathe Right Strips. "The reason that they worked is that they help open the nose and decrease nasal airway resistance," explained Dr. Costrini. "Anything you can do to keep your airway open will diminish snoring."

Same with the Saline Nasal Mist, which you squirt up in the nose. It's inexpensive and harmless." If it will help reduce the nasal congestion and nasal airway resistance, then it could be considered helpful," said Dr. Costrini.

Not so helpful is Snore Relief, a liquid you spray in the back of the throat. Most of Dr. Costrini's patients who've tried it say the spray only provides temporary relief. " Frankly, I don't have many patients, not this brand, but use any of that that has found it to be particularly effective over a long period of time," he said.

What may work, may be as simple as finding the nearest tennis ball. Since most snoring occurs when you sleep on your  back, Dr. Costrini said most snorers need a "reminder" to turn on their sides. He suggests sewing a tennis ball onto the back of your pajama's. It sounds strange, but it's a remedy he swears by. "If you wear a t-shirt, sew a pocket in the back of your night shirt. So if you fall on your back, you automatically roll onto your side," explained Dr. Costrini.

Dr. Costrini also adds that environmental influences can increase a person's potential for snoring. Using Clarinex, another form of the allergy medicine Clariten, can help. Smoking also enhances that dreadful bedroom noise, so any product that will help you kick the habit may also prevent you from getting kicked out of the bedroom.

But you can't find all the remedies at your nearest grocery store. Bill Rozier says he's tried all those." I've actually tried the strips and the spray together. I even tried two strips across my nose, and it didn't work," he said.

Finally, he went to a sleep doctor. Like Bill, Baxley Resident, Steve Kerr, also visited a doctor for his snoring and ended up at a sleep clinic, so technicians could properly diagnose his problem. " It was causing my heart to enlarge," Steve said.

For Steve Kerr, his snoring was actually causing health problems. Snoring can be a symptom of a more physical problem, one that can only be diagnosed by a doctor, and can't be cured over the counter. We'll show you more methods tomorrow night on The News at Six to keep the peace at night -- and how to hold on to your health. That's in my special assignment: Snore No More.

Reported by: Melanie A. Ruberti; mruberti@wtoc.com 

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