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What to do about a snoring partner

Ahhh, a good night’s sleep. That mystical, magical, sometimes evasive 7-9 hours can have a big impact on your health, your happiness, and even your relationship.

Getting enough rest every night is important for:

  • Memory
  • Mood
  • Weight Loss
  • School/Job Performance
  • Relationships
  • Overall Health
  • And So Much More!

Basically, every activity that we engage in can be affected by how much sleep we got the night before. Lack of sleep has cumulative detrimental effects and if your partner’s snoring is the reason you aren’t getting enough sleep, this can have detrimental effects on your relationship. If you and your partner have struggled with snoring, consider the following solutions:

Accept The Charges

If your loved one tells you that you are snoring, you are. Just because no-one ever told you this before, doesn’t mean that your significant other is lying. More likely, it means that no-one had the guts to confront the situation or it’s a new habit (often the result of weight gain). Either way, be sensitive to your partner’s needs, and be willing to try different solutions. Try not to take what she is saying as a criticism of you. After all, you are not purposely trying to sleep so noisily!

Try The Gadgets

Nowadays, there all all kinds of tools out there to help couples who are struggling with snoring. There are earplugs, noise-canceling headphones, white noise machines, special pillows, breathing strips, and even masks that can be worn to reduce or eliminate snoring. Each person is different, so you may have to try several approaches before you find one that works for you, or even a combination of a few methods. Knowing that you are trying to help resolve the situation will go a long way in helping your partner feel like you care and are in this together.

Consult A Specialist

For some people, it is necessary to have a sleep test done to see if sleep apnea is the cause of their snoring. Sleep apnea is a serious disease that occurs when breathing is interrupted during sleep. This kind of breathing interruption can be dangerous, because it means that your brain and body are not getting enough oxygen. Talk to your medical doctor if you experience these symptoms:

  • Waking up with a very sore or dry throat
  • Loud snoring
  • Occasionally waking up with a choking or gasping sensation
  • Sleepiness or lack of energy during the day
  • Sleepiness while driving
  • Morning headaches
  • Restless sleep
  • Forgetfulness, mood changes, and a decreased interest in sex
  • Recurrent awakenings or insomnia

Consider Sleeping Solo

According to the National Sleep Foundation, more and more couples are opting to sleep in separate bedrooms for sleep’s sake. In fact, about 25% of couples report sleeping apart, for reasons such as: snoring, temperature preferences, schedules, and sleep habits. Where once there was a stigma associated with sleeping apart, people are now more aware of the benefits of a good night’s sleep, and they are willing to sleep on their own if necessary.

Note that sleeping alone doesn’t have to mean less time for cuddling, intimacy, or sex. It just means that you get to sleep without being woken up by your partner’s snoring, which just may put you in the mood for love!

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