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.
Keep in mind these options are only temporary and will not solve the problem. When you’re ready to permanently treat the snoring, schedule your appointment with Dr. Pasha.