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17 July 2012 @ 04:37 pm
cruises and snoring  
A friend of mine has never been on a cruise, and would like to go. We travel well together, and I enjoy cruises. The problem...she snores like a freight train. She's conscious of it, and tries her best to accommodate. When we do weekend trips together, she'll go in another room for an hour to try and give me time to fall asleep. But the reality is that it never works well and I end up being tired and crabby.

Needless to say....cruise rooms are TINY. I've been putting off the idea of this trip because Im not willing to drop a chunk of change on a trip and be miserable and tired the whole time. A weekend is one thing, a week on a cruise is another.

So Im looking for ideas that would be fitting for a small stateroom on a cruise ship. For example, it wouldn't work out well to pack a strong fan in my luggage and haul it on my flight,etc. And I don't think a little travel fan would cut it here. Ive thought about trying to fall asleep with earbuds in...but I have an irrational fear of losing/breaking my iPhone in the middle of the night doing this. Would it be wrong to get a script for a sleeping pill? I've never really taken anything and wouldn't even know what to ask for! My dad has had bizarre reactions to ambien, so I know Im not interested in that.
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Sara: Argus on desksara_k_s on July 20th, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
For just a split second, when I saw your comment, I thought you had poor spelling and meant that you can't hear your son, Connor, scream, and I thought, "That's horrible!" until I realized you were talking about a bird :)
☆: Child - ZAP!theidolhands on July 17th, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
Earplugs, NOT headphones. Bring fan anyway, look for a white noise type made for travel. Yeah, sure, get the pills. So my answer is D) all of the above.

Can she try a nose strip for snoring? That works wonders from some people. But honestly, a lot of my fandom friends are on CPAPs. Some people have had surgery to fix snoring!

None of this may work completely btw. But it's worth a try if ya wanna. I'm in ur boat. I need my own room and then some depending on location and thinness of walls. Snores vibrate and particularly if you happen to be sharing a bed -- the sound waves travel, I find.

Edited at 2012-07-17 08:45 pm (UTC)
*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*: goldstarsroberlyn on July 17th, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
disposable earplugs help a lot. you can buy them at drugstores or target-type stores. cheap and portable. also, i have a sound machine that helps. it's pretty small, maybe shoe-sized. basically makes a fan noise.
kindmemory: [afufle] Broclyphantkindmemory on July 18th, 2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
This, absolutely, foam earplugs, BUT they don't work unless you roll them into a ball before putting them in, that make a tight seal apparently. They work really well, no drugs, no batteries or recharging or electricity needed.
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Heather A. Perry: new doheatherp8 on July 17th, 2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
1079: pic#114904856lost_sheep on July 17th, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
Regular old ear plugs have worked well for me in the past.

They are cheap enough you could buy them and test them out at home to see if you can sleep in them before even talking to her about the trip.
carli410: pic#97497191carli410 on July 17th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
Ok so I forgot to post about earplugs. I will try them on my own to see if I can tolerate them...the problem is that while I'm not used to sleeping next to a freight train, I'm used to some noise. Typically a fan. Im thinking I won't be able to sleep in total silence, like being in a bubble. But thanks for the reminder, I'll give it a try. Im trying to get all of my ducks in a row before we have *the talk*
KBR: pic#117985652gezellig_girl on July 17th, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
The back of the earplug packaging will have how many decibels of noise they block out. If you're okay with some noise, try a couple different decibel ratings until you get the level you want.
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Kat: pic#73799811katsiss on July 17th, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
I'd go with motion sickness pills. Kill two birds with one stone.
chezaleechezalee on July 17th, 2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
There are white noise apps for your phone that may work better than a fan. You can put it right next to the bed. Maybe that along with earplugs?
Pat Bpbrim on July 17th, 2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
Try a white noise machine. Amazon has a number of models varying from $20 to $100. My ex-husband used one to deal with barking neighborhood dogs, and it helped with his snoring as well. It's very like the sound a fan makes, but with more control and more volumn and without the fan. A lot easier to pack as well.

I'm afraid I can't tell you anything about which is the best. I think we had a Homedics that we were very happy with, but it was bought about 30 years ago, so I can't tell you anything about the newer ones.
lapenn: book teaselapenn on July 17th, 2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
yes, this. My ex-boyfriend had one he used, and it was awesome. One night, a car alarm went off in his parking lot, and it went off _all_night_long. Wish I were joking. The white noise machine blocked the noise!

He had a fairly little one that was something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Conditioner-Marpac-formerly-Sleepmate-980A/dp/B000KUHFGM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1342565064&sr=8-1&keywords=white+noise+machine

and he definitely took it with him on vacations. He had to have it on to sleep. Put it this way: we couldn't share a room, because just me breathing disturbed his sleep.
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mimi: do not wantmyluckeestar on July 17th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
Obviously you are a normal sleeper otherwise, so I don't think a scrip sleeping aid is ok. I do think that some melatonin would help you to sleep more deeply. You can get it from 1-6mg. I take it regularly and take 5mg. I would think 2 or 3mg would benefit you.
Shannon: Me - Animeshannon_elaine on July 17th, 2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
go to Home Depot or some place similar and buy the foam ear plugs made for construction workers. I am a very light sleeper and my SO snores really loudly so I sleep with the ear plugs in. They keep him from waking me up and keep me from being woken up by other night time sounds.
jchammondsjchammonds on July 17th, 2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
Earplugs, travel fan, white noise machine, get her some snore strips and a can of Snore Stop. She can hang out on deck for an hour while you fall asleep, too, or just read or something if the light won't bother you. You can take Tylenol PM or Benadryl.
jchammondsjchammonds on July 17th, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, and my husband is a horrible snorer. I made him go to the sleep lab and he now has a cpap machine and both our lives are better. We took it with us on our cruise in May. One other tip about cruising - take an extension cord or a small power strip b/c you'll probably only have one outlet in your room. It was handy for us when we wanted to charge both iPads and he was sleeping using the machine.
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Sarcasticia Nitpickerson: kittenstisiphone on July 17th, 2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
It may be easier to fix her snoring than to knock yourself out firmly enough to not notice it. I'd just be forthright with her and tell her that it's a long time to deal with it. Offer her some suggestions if she hasn't tried them, like extra pillows or snore-stop strips.
carli410: pic#97497191carli410 on July 17th, 2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
While she's one of my longest friends...and i adore her...she's a very regulated person. She can't sleep if there's any light..she needs her blankets a certain way...she needs the bed with the nightstand on the right side..@@ So Im sure there is no possible way she would be able to sleep w snore strips.
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aeryn on July 17th, 2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
Definitely start getting used to sleeping with earplugs. I sleep with them because I have 3 cats in a small apartment. I also have an air purifier in my room that runs for white noise, and in a silent room I can still hear it but it's significantly dampened. I've never been on a cruise but I assume they have an A/C and heat unit similar to hotels? Maybe that will generate enough noise for you.

Do you get sleepy from Benadryl? I have often taken that when I'm having trouble falling asleep, so that might be a "sleeping pill" option for you. And, many sleep aids contain the exact same drug as Benadryl.
m0rbidm00n: school1m0rbidm00n on July 18th, 2012 02:48 am (UTC)
This. My doctor recommends taking a benadryl from time to time to help with sleeping.
Wasanifu: Hamsterswasanifu on July 17th, 2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
If your worried about breaking your phone by using it as an MP3 Player can't you just invest in a really cheap one for your trip? You'd probably want a different playlist so you didn't get anything too upbeat at a night time anyway. They've dropped incredibly in price, and if it's only a $30 one (I know you can pick really cheap ones up in the UK for about £20) then you won't be too upset if you break it by accident.