How to Deal with a Snoring Spouse

How to Deal with a Snoring Spouse

Sleep is the one time of the day when you can tune out, relax and enjoy being at peace. There’s nothing better than cuddling up beside your partner to wind down after another long day…only to find that they begin to snore and keep you awake.

The constant vibrating noise which comes every time they breathe in and out throughout the night is very disruptive to both your sleep and theirs. While some couples may overlook it as a minor nuisance or suffer in silence (or lack thereof!), for most partners, it’s not that simple.

Unfortunately, Australians in general aren’t getting enough sleep. Dr Maree Barnes from the Australasian Sleep Association estimates that around one-third of Australian adults suffer regularly from significant problems, don’t feel refreshed upon waking and wake up frequently throughout the night. In a recent survey, more than 60% of respondents said that they were disturbed by their partner’s snoring. 

These statistics are quite alarming, as it is very important for your health to get quality sleep every night. So if you are someone who is having trouble trying to catch a few winks while lying next to a person snoring all night, it’s time to find some solutions.  

Why Is My Partner Snoring So Loudly?

partnersnoreicon.pngWe all love our partners, but sometimes you’ll find yourself trying to sleep through their seriously loud breathing during the night, during the hours when you’re both supposed to be resting comfortably!

It’s common to believe that it is the snorer who suffers, but the effects of snoring impact on everyone in the room. This can be incredibly disruptive night after night. People who sleep next to a person who snores are likely to be fatigued and experience all of the common symptoms that come with sleep deprivation, such as frustration or a lack of concentration, simply because they are being kept awake throughout the night due to a loud partner.

Does this sound like you?

In certain cases, snoring volumes can get so loud that they can cause hearing issues for their partner. It’s not surprising because some snoring can be between 50 and 100 decibels, which is the equivalent to a pneumatic drill!

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It’s not a pleasant experience for your snoring spouse either! They often have anxiety and embarrassment about sleeping amongst other people when they travel, and feel personally responsible for causing an intimacy breakdown in their relationships by forcing their partners to either deal with their nightly habit or sleep in different rooms.

Thankfully, a little education and a few tips can go a long way in helping you catch more ZZZs even if your bed neighbour sounds like a chainsaw! Learning how to manage this can greatly improve your ongoing quality of sleep and perhaps even save your relationship!