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I am 69 and hubby says I have been throat gurgling loudly in my sleep for the past five years. No sleep apnea as I just had recent testing. I do have 1/3 of my lungs scarred by sarcoidosis, also have adult onset asthma, acid reflux as well and I have horrible sinus drainage each morning. I do take Singulair nightly for asthma. I don’t take acid reflux meds because I have osteoporosis. My husband sometimes sleeps in another room because the gurgling is so loud. I see my pulmonologist in six weeks - he suggested taking a sinus tablet at night but the Benedryl I take lasts about 3-4 hours. I can’t use any time released meds because I have had a gastric bypass. I would appreciate any comments concerning throat gurgling.

I keep a small bottle of water on the bedside cabinet. I find if my mouth is moist, it helps.
Dont sleep on your back. Use a neck pillow, or arrange your pillow to keep your head sideways and facing up. If you keep your neck straight, it might help you, it does me. Try and go to sleep with your mouth closed. I have one finger gently resting over my mouth. It has taken a long time but I can usually keep my mouth closed. I keep some sheets of soft toilet roll under my pillow and a small carrier bag. When the fluid builds up (next bit does not sound nice, but is necessary ) spit it into a tissue and pop it in the bag. When I breath through my nose (mouth closed) I can feel the fluid run down the back of my throat. This is what I try and clear. I suck a mint before I go to sleep - as long as you are not diabetic.

If you have a head cold, forget all of that and snore as needed. lol

Good luck.
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My DH and I both find that almost any heavy breathing noise can be enough to wake the other or keep us awake if we stir. After all, it is within two feet from the ear, and neither of us are heavy sleepers. DH has industrial ear plugs for shed work, and these days a pair is on each bed side table ready to grab. It helps a lot. If one of us (usually me) is very disturbed, I use the spare bedroom. It's not all bad - I often wake earlier than DH and I can read in bed without waking him. We are finding that quite a few other friends of our age are using two separate bedrooms, though they don't often advertise the fact. Another interesting point is that some blokes think that only men are supposed to snore and women just have to put up with it - not the other way around!
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Well, my husband often complained that I snored. Actually, he was right. But the cracks in the plaster on the bedroom walls weren’t ALL from me. I got tired of being woke up by elbow jabs during the night. When I had hip replacement, he suggested I sleep in the spare room until healed. That was about 5 years ago. I have insomnia now, but I had a few years of peaceful sleep, just me and my dog.

Medicating yourself up the wazoo just to sleep doesn’t help and it’s not all that great. I had RNY also and there’s a lot of stuff I, too can’t take. And even when my doctor would prescribe Ambien for me, it only worked for a few hours. I wasn’t about to have nasal surgery just so hubby could sleep. We’d been married 40 years when I moved into the spare room. It was ok for me to sleep in another room.
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