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Oct 4, 2022 - 10:50:33 PM
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mander

USA

5020 posts since 10/7/2007

I have had a ceiling fan and a floor fan running in my room continuously since the end of June. I have found the soft, gentle sound very pleasing. Today, I turned off one of the fans. The hellacious noise of the remaining fan was startling. I turned that fan off and turned the first fan back on only to learn, it, too, was noisy. I turned them both back on and again, found the combined sound soft and pleasing. I had no idea until today how the one cancelled out the other. It made me think of a story a co-worker told me. When he was newlywed, he and his wife had neighbors who had a very LOUD air conditioner that ran all night. They tolerated the noise during the summer, assuming it would be turned off when the weather cooled. When it wasn't, they went over and asked the neighbors to turn it off, please. The neighbors complied and to my friend's chagrin, he and his wife learned the neighbor's husband's SNORING was far worse than the air conditioner. They respectfully requested that the neighbors go back to running the air conditioner.

Do you have tales of fighting fire with fire?

Oct 4, 2022 - 10:53:57 PM

2158 posts since 11/17/2018

I would have respectfully requested that the neighbor see his doctor and get a Sleep Study.

Snoring is a symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, which can lead to a bunch of health issues, including stroke.

Oct 4, 2022 - 11:29:30 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

67020 posts since 10/5/2013
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I’ve been a snorer all my life and I ain’t dead….. yet.

Oct 4, 2022 - 11:38:07 PM

2158 posts since 11/17/2018

quote:
Originally posted by chuckv97

I’ve been a snorer all my life and I ain’t dead….. yet.


Good on ya.

However...

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder

Oct 5, 2022 - 12:26:34 AM

rcc56

USA

4504 posts since 2/20/2016

When I was 24, I shared a house with 2 other folks.
One day, one of my roomies brought home a cute little 20 pound cocker spaniel.
Lord, that dog could snore as loud as a 200 lb. carpenter who'd had a 6-pack after work.

He was a really nice dog, but he wasn't the smartest cookie on the block.
So we named him "Norton," after Art Carney's character in "The Honeymooners."

When one of us came in the house, we'd holler "Heeeyyy, Norton."

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When I was a kid, we moved into a house next door to a couple who frequently engaged in loud arguments.
My father had a tape recorder [a rather new-fangled contraption in those days], so one afternoon he opened the window and recorded them, then played it back at high volume.
It didn't stop their arguments, but they moved them to the other side of the house.

Edited by - rcc56 on 10/05/2022 00:27:29

Oct 5, 2022 - 4:53:47 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

27986 posts since 8/3/2003

quote:
Originally posted by OldNavyGuy

I would have respectfully requested that the neighbor see his doctor and get a Sleep Study.

Snoring is a symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, which can lead to a bunch of health issues, including stroke.


Dave snored the entire 50 years we were married.  And he snored LOUDLY!!!    He died of cancer at 81.  No stroke, no other health issues.    Perhaps some people have sleep apnea and others just snore because of allergies, cold, etc.

Oct 5, 2022 - 7:02:18 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

27986 posts since 8/3/2003

I remember once, many years ago, we had a neighbor who had a dog that barked continually from about midnight to 2 or 3 am. We were sleeping out on the covered patio and it was LOUD and very sleep depriving.

One night Dave finally got tired of it and called the neighbor (at 2 am) and told him to either shut that $(%*u$ dog up or he'd do it for him.

We never heard that dog bark again at night.

Note: Dave would have never hurt that dog, so it was an empty threat, but it worked.

Oct 5, 2022 - 12:17:37 PM
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raybob

USA

13592 posts since 12/11/2003

I lived on the beach for some years in California. I slept so soundly during that period it was unbelievable. When I went to bed sometimes it would seem like I was asleep before my head hit the pillow, and I slept soundly through the whole night. I did eventually leave that setting and moved to a slightly more rural home about 1/2 mile or so from the beach. I had a hard time going to sleep and staying asleep in my new place. I could only hear the waves when the wind was just right, and I couldn't believe what an effect it had. It took at least two weeks to get acclimated to the lack of that wonderful white noise of the ocean. The waves had no rhythm so the sound was there, but you couldn't anticipate when the next wave would hit. Somewhere around 6-8 seconds in between the waves most of the time, but irregular enough that you just had to give up and let it be. That area is gentrified now, so I'll probably never be able to live there again. But I have visited, and being there and listening, and breathing the ocean air is pretty special.

Oct 5, 2022 - 12:25:31 PM

2158 posts since 11/17/2018

quote:
Originally posted by Texasbanjo

  Perhaps some people have sleep apnea and others just snore because of allergies, cold, etc.


Absolutely.

However, it's prudent to see a doctor to determine which one it is.

Oct 5, 2022 - 1:22:03 PM

Owen

Canada

11896 posts since 6/5/2011

It's not fighting fire with fire, but my layman's assessment is that the potential risk from sleep apnea is much bigger than the actual risk..... not even in the same ballpark.   But.... if there's money to be made...... ah, you know the rest ...

I suspect the accelerated tooth decay caused by dry mouth from using a CPAP machine very likely outweighed any actual benefits I received from using it.  The dentist and the "sleep professionals" were aware of the dry mouth problem, but apparently they figured it would be best left to a dental hygienist pass the info on to me ..... 4+ years on.  

...Guess I should have consulted a "real" doc.  [Although they were aware that I was using the machine, I was probably remiss in not apprising them of the extent of the problem it created/exacerbated.]

Oct 5, 2022 - 5:23:40 PM

bubbalouie

Canada

16173 posts since 9/27/2007

There's somebody across the ravine that has a big dog. They used to let it out to bark just when we got home from work.  We sit out every night on the deck or patio. I used to bark right back at it. Exactly what it said!

Guy must have heard me & it stopped! I did see the bylaw officers truck turning up his road one day. Some neighbours that live closer probably complained already. 

Oct 5, 2022 - 6:22:22 PM
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Owen

Canada

11896 posts since 6/5/2011

The neighbour on one side of us has two very well behaved pooches [a Rotweiller and a Golden Retriever].  I've never heard them barking at nite, and only occasionally during the day.... never to the extent that's it's problematic.  But, but, but, I find it noteworthy that once in a while I briefly exchange pleasantries with them in their native tongue.   Arf! Arf!.  

Oct 5, 2022 - 7:04:14 PM

2158 posts since 11/17/2018

quote:
Originally posted by Owen

It's not fighting fire with fire, but my layman's assessment is that the potential risk from sleep apnea is much bigger than the actual risk..... not even in the same ballpark.   But.... if there's money to be made...... ah, you know the rest ...

I suspect the accelerated tooth decay caused by dry mouth from using a CPAP machine very likely outweighed any actual benefits I received from using it.  The dentist and the "sleep professionals" were aware of the dry mouth problem, but apparently they figured it would be best left to a dental hygienist pass the info on to me ..... 4+ years on.  

...Guess I should have consulted a "real" doc.  [Although they were aware that I was using the machine, I was probably remiss in not apprising them of the extent of the problem it created/exacerbated.]

 

 

 


I have been using CPAP now for 20+ years, after having sleep apnea formally diagnosed with a sleep study.

Never have had an issue with dry mouth (I don't use a full-face mask...nasal only).

I don't play roulette with my health...I get things checked.

Oct 5, 2022 - 9:49:20 PM

Paul R

Canada

16235 posts since 1/28/2010

LabourDay weekend of '97, three guys moved in next door to us in Toronto - with ten (yes, ten) pit bulls. The guys were deaf and sociopaths. They'd let the dogs out at night and bark and howl at them. I got the Police, Animal Control, and Noise Control involved. I wote up a noise diary - minute by minute. I called the property owner (in Welland) when things were happening in the early a.m. Not much happened. One time I got a call from Animal Control, telling us that the guys had sold off seven of the dogs, and had registered each of the remaining three to each of the guys. Then he asked, if the dogs made noise, could I get up (in the middle of the night) and see which dog it was. Luckily for us they moved out at New Years. But it took a long time to settle down after that. They estimated that it would take two months to repair the damage to the house. The owner sold.

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