veryone snores at some point in time. If you do not snore frequently, then you have nothing to worry about. Snoring while sleeping can disrupt your sleep and make you feel drowsy during the day, which can lead to difficulty in observing daily routines.
Snoring can affect those who sleep beside you. It is almost impossible for them to get enough sleep while you snore. This can cause tension and dissatisfaction among your loved ones.
How does snoring affect your relationship?
There are various causes of snoring, it can be caused by cold, flu or some allergies. Age plays an important factor in snoring as well, older adults snore more than younger adults. This is because the throat muscles weaken as one ages. However, your sleep posture can play a big role in snoring.
“What’s more, snoring itself can become a focal point of both frustration and shame within the dynamic of a couple’s relationship,” writes Michael J. Breus Ph.D. of Psychology Today. He adds, “The person who is kept awake (or who has to shuffle off to the spare bedroom in the middle of the night) may grow to feel resentful of his or her snoring partner. The snorer, meanwhile, often feels guilty, ashamed, and helpless about their noisy, disruptive sleep. These feelings can be a real source of irritation and isolation for even very loving couples.”
The National Center on Sleep Disorders Research noted that while snoring is viewed as a normal act, it can negatively affect your relationship in these ways;
• The snorer can damage the quality of sleep of their partners, which can cause cognitive problems. It can reduce their effectiveness at work due to poor night’s sleep.
• Due to sleep breaks, your partner is likely to be impatient with you and pick frequent arguments with you. This means snoring habits can cause tension in the relationship.
“Snoring isn’t the only reason that couples resort to sleeping apart. Different schedules and different preferences for bedtimes and wake times may lead couples to separate sleeping spaces. Issues within a couple’s sleep environment—a room that’s too hot, or too bright, or a bed that’s too small—can also drive couples to different rooms,” says Breus “But snoring is a common reason. Think you’re alone in sleeping separately from your partner? Far from it. Estimates vary, but recent studies and surveys indicate that anywhere from 25 to 40 percent of couples are regularly sleeping in separate bedrooms.”
How to sleep with a snoring partner
Most sleep experts suggest many methods to try, but on average, the techniques are rather consistent.
Use these practical tips;
• Use ear pods. You can walk into a store to get one that perfectly fits your ears. Pick products with soft foam that can protect your ears. With your ear plugs or pods and a piece of soft music, you can get sound sleep
• Sleep in another room. While you may not like to do this, it might be the option available for you if you don’t want to use an earplug.
• Tell your partner lovingly about how they snore, and show them that you are willing to work with them to overcome it. This is because most people that snore are not aware they do
How to help a partner control snoring
These are a few ways to help your partner control snoring
• Use a nasal strip for your partner to keep their airways open and make your breath flow easily
• Recommend a warm bath for your partner to keep the nasal passages open before bed.
• Dryness in the room sometimes causes snoring. Use a humidifier in the bedroom to keep your airways moist
• Experts often assert that snoring can be due to medical complications. You might need to visit a doctor with your partner for a proper test.
“Tending to a snoring issue can lead to better sleep for both partners, as well as a more loving and harmonious relationship that includes sleeping together, not apart. Sleeping well with the person we love is the goal, and by treating snoring effectively, it can happen,” says Breus.