You’re lying in bed, about to fall asleep, when all of a sudden — BAM! The snoring starts!
Your partner won’t stop snoring like a freight train and disrupting your precious sleep. Sound familiar? Having a snoring partner can seem like a common relationship problem, but that doesn’t mean you have to just live with it.
So, how can you catch some quality Zs when your partner won’t stop snoring?
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Snoring Can Be a Serious Health Issue
Before we delve into some tips on how to sleep with a snoring partner, you and your significant other should know that snoring could be a serious health issue.
Research has revealed that people who snore have a 34% greater chance of having a heart attack and a 67% greater chance of having a stroke. Other snoring-related health issues are drowsiness, irritability, poor focus and decreased libido.
Additionally, regular snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea, which in itself is a dangerous health condition. It may be wise for your snoring partner to visit a sleep specialist to determine what causes their snoring and treat any underlying health issues.
Tips on How To Sleep With a Snoring Partner
How can you help find your partner snoring solutions while ensuring you get the quality sleep you badly need?
Below, you’ll find some tips on how to deal with a snoring partner until they receive proper treatment from a specialist:
- Wear earplugs at night to block out or dull the sound of your partner’s snoring.
- Speak to your partner about using nasal strips for snoring, which you can find in practically any pharmacy. These nasal strips sit above the flare of each nostril to widen the nasal passage and improve airflow.
- If the occasional night of snoring has become a more regular thing, talk to your partner about any changes in their lifestyle or health. Those changes may contribute to increased snoring.
- Sit down with your partner and discuss a course of action for you to take if their snoring bothers you at night. Ask if they’d be comfortable with you waking them up to stop the snoring.
- Ask your partner to avoid drinking alcohol and eating late at night. These two behaviors tend to exacerbate snoring.
- Try to help your partner get accustomed to sleeping on their side or stomach rather than their back. You can prop pillows in a way that hopefully prevents your partner from flipping onto their back while asleep. Special mattresses also exist that you can adjust to move a snoring partner and help them breathe easier at night.
- If none of these options work, try sleeping in separate rooms. A good night’s sleep is important to both your personal health and your relationship.
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Get More Restful Sleep With Pasha Snoring and Sinus Center
Remember — these options for how to sleep with a snoring partner are only temporary fixes. They may not solve the underlying problem.
It’s important for your snoring partner to visit an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist who can get to the root of the problem. That way, both of you can regain a restful night’s sleep!
ENT specialist Dr. Pasha puts patients first, and he’ll work with you to finally find consistent relief. Through sleep studies and consultations, we can find the basis of your sleeping problem (or your snoring partner’s problem) and a lasting solution.
Ready to experience the blissful night of sleep both you and your partner deserve? Discuss your sleeping issues with the Pasha Snoring and Sinus Center today!