Trying to convince your husband that he snores? Most people do not believe that they snore, but a snoring spouse could be responsible for you losing precious hours of sleep. About 45% of adults snore at least on occasion. Here are four ways to catch some more Z’s and wake up feeling refreshed!
It may not be ideal to wear earplugs to sleep, but it could be an easy solution. There are earplugs that are specially designed for those with a snoring partner. These earplugs are comfortable to wear while sleeping and have advanced noise canceling capabilities. There are surprisingly many earplugs to choose from. It’s best to do some research before you buy to see which earplugs are best for you.
Try canceling out your partners snore with white noise. White noise is a noise that combines all of the different frequencies of sound. You can buy a device that specifically produces white noise for sleep purposes. You can also use the radio by dialing to a station with a lot of static. Not everyone will be a fan of the white noise. There are some that cannot get used to the sound and will be kept awake at night. Alternatively, you can try to use other sounds at night such as rain or thunderstorms or calming music.
A great way to combat snoring is to elevate your partner’s upper body. Having your upper body elevated keeps your head and neck in the proper alignment and opens the airways to help reduce or eliminate snoring. You can try to do this by using a pile of pillows to prop them up. Another way you can achieve this is with an adjustable mattress. Adjustable mattresses allow you and your partner to have different sleep settings. Your partner could be propped up while you are laying down. This way, you both should get a good night’s sleep. Having the first true no pressure mattress can’t hurt the non-snoring spouse either. It’s possible that you will be so comfortable on your new mattress that the snoring won’t even bother you. It’s amazing what a good mattress can do.
If all else fails, try separate beds. Having separate beds in separate rooms will separate you from the snoring completely and you’ll get peaceful sleep. It isn’t necessarily bad for a marriage to sleep in separate beds. As long as you are both in agreement that this is the best thing for your relationship and your sleep. This option won’t be for everybody. It may not be an easy decision for you and your partner to make. Do some research on couples who have tried this out. You and your partner could agree to test it out for a set period of time. If you don’t like it, you can always try one of the above methods!
Seek Medical Treatment
If you are still not able to get a good night’s sleep with these options, it may be time to call your doctor. Snoring can actually be a serious medical problem. 75% of adults who snore actually suffer from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is when your breathing is disrupted for short periods of time while you are asleep. If you feel that this may be the case, it is best to go see your doctor to suggest options and treatments.
Getting a good night’s sleep is imperative for waking up refreshed and having a productive day. Don’t be afraid to approach your partner about options so that you can both get a good night’s rest.
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter @RachelleWilber and Facebook.