You are lying in bed, about to fall asleep, when all of a sudden: BAM! The snoring starts! Your partner is at it again, snoring like a freight train and disrupting your precious sleep. Sound familiar? Having a bed partner who snores can seem like a common marital problem, but that doesn’t mean you have to just live with it. Before we delve into some tips to cope with a partner who is a snorer, you and your significant other should be aware that snoring could be a serious health issue. Snorers have a 34% greater chance of having a heart attack and a 67% chance of having a stroke! Other health issues related to snoring are drowsiness, irritability, lack of focus, and decreased libido. In addition, regular snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea, which in itself is a dangerous health condition.
So, it is important for your partner to visit a sleep specialist to determine what is causing their snoring and find a treatment for any underlying causes that might affect their health. Below you will find some tips to deal with your partner’s snoring until they’re properly treated:
- Wear earplugs at night to block out the sound of your partner’s snoring.
- Speak to your partner about using “snore strips”, which you can find in any pharmacy.
- If occasional snoring has become a more regular thing, talk to your partner about any changes in their lifestyle or health that might have contributed to the increase in snoring.
- Talk to your partner about a course of action for you to take if their snoring bothers you at night. Ask if they would be comfortable with you waking them up to stop the snoring.
- Help your partner avoid drinking alcohol and eating late at night, these two tend to exacerbate snoring.
- You can try to help your partner get used to sleeping on their side or stomach, as opposed to their back. Try propping pillows in a way that it prevents your partner from flipping onto their back when they are asleep.
- If none of these other options work, try sleeping in separate rooms. A good night’s sleep in important to both your personal health and your relationship.