There’s a special place in heaven for people who sleep with a snorer. If you’ve experienced it, you’re probably nodding your head right now as you read this. As much as you love your partner and all their imperfections, there’s no way you’ll ever learn to love that horrible loud sound emanating from their face every night during sleep.
But you can, on the other hand, learn to live with it. Here are a few tips on how to sleep with a snorer—and avoid going crazy while you’re at it.
Roll your partner over.
You may notice that your partner’s snoring tends to be a lot worse when they’re lying on their back. That’s because lying on one’s back allows the tongue to collapse into the throat, causing a vibrating sound.
If your partner is a back sleeper, help them get into the habit of sleeping on their side by buying them a body pillow to use or even taping a tennis ball to the back of their pajamas. Hey, don’t knock it ‘til you try it.
Block out the noise.
Sometimes your best bet is to simply block out the noise as best as you can with a white noise machine, ear plugs, or heaphones.
Bedphones are special headphones designed especially for sleep, so you’ll barely even feel them. Just slip them on your ears, turn on some relaxing tunes, and drift off into dreamland. Shop Bedphones at Better Rest.
Sleep in separate rooms.
It may sound like a last resort, but it’s actually not all that uncommon. According to the National Sleep Foundation, nearly one in four American couples sleeps in separate beds or separate rooms. The key to success, reports USA Today, is to “implement strategies to ensure that a partner's needs for intimacy are met.” This could mean watching TV or having sex in bed together before going your separate ways once you’re ready to sleep.
Check for sleep apnea.
We hate to break it to you, but there’s a chance that your partner’s snoring could be a symptom of sleep apnea. The good news is that if this is the case, there’s a way to put an end to it with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. As one Apartment Therapy reader explains:
“My current boyfriend was a horrible snorer - turns out it was sleep apnea, and he stopped breathing many times a night. The CPAP has really made a difference. Sounds kind of like a white noise machine and we both sleep better.”
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