why can't I hear myself snoring? it wakes everyone but me!

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why can't I hear myself snoring? it wakes everyone but me!

Postby bwn » Mon Apr 09, 2007 9:48 pm




I am being tested for sleep apnea the end of this month.....I know I have it, but one question..... why is it that I don't hear myself snore even though NO ONE can be even a room next to me..I find it funny that I don't believe I snore that loudly because I can't hear it myself....is there an answer?
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Postby Linda » Wed Apr 11, 2007 11:32 pm

I like the question, but I don't think I have the answer.
I've actually heard my snoring, but that was when I was either drifting into sleep or gradually coming out of it. Not a pretty sound! :roll:
But I guess it's because sleep is overpowering, we need it. There's gotta be physical reasons why our bodies require sleep, our bodies eventually shut down if we are totally deprived of it. Plus, I'm told that while we sometimes can delay sleep, in actuality we can't prevent it. Sooner or later, our bodies shut down. Sometimes there is warning, sometimes not. I've met a couple of people who before being diagnosed with sleep apnea had auto accidents, and they simply snapped into sleep, with no warning of it whatsoever. Some of us can feel the drowsiness come on, but they didn't. I suspect all our abilities to deal with sounds, sights, and more are suppressed by sleep. Warnings, delays, whatever.... eventually your body requires sleep, and no amount of noise on your part can prevent it.

However, it seems we sure can keep other people from sleeping! :roll:

I think that despite all the research done on sleep, it is still largely a mystery.


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Postby Frances » Thu Apr 12, 2007 10:31 pm

Linda, I have read the WW2 memoirs of one, George Blackburn, who was a forward observation officer with Royal Canadian Artillery in France after the Normany invasion. He almost never got enough sleep and tells a number of tales of falling asleep at any old time and any old place simply because his body had reached its limits. He also tells of a senior officer lecturing his junior officers and looking up to find every one of them asleep. In fact, I have read that in other sources as well. It is certainly not unusual even without sleep apnea, and then when you mix in sleep apnea, well ...

By the way, George Blackburn's books on the fighting in Normandy and the Netherlands with the artillery are fascinating and I recommend them to anyone interested in WW2. The last I heard, Mr. Blackburn was still alive, although at least in his 80s.

Sorry, couldn't resist.
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Postby Linda » Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:21 pm

Hi Frances,

Thanks! Don't apologize, it think it's interesting. I shall have to look it up.
Again, thanks!


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Postby bwn » Sat Apr 14, 2007 3:41 pm

Thanks Linda.....I guess this is another question to ask the Doctors at Standford, next week

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Postby hhopper » Sat Apr 14, 2007 5:03 pm


You don't snore until you are asleep. When you're asleep, you don't hear things. If the snoring wakes you up, you're not aware of what waked you up.
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