For couples, snoring doesn’t just affect the snorer; it can cause all sorts of problems for the other person in the relationship.
If your partner has developed a snoring problem, you may be worried about how it will affect your relationship. You might be worried that it will lead to the two of you sleeping in different rooms, late night arguments or feelings of resentment.
Although snoring can have many negative effects on relationships, there are plenty of ways you can deal with it. Just remember, the sooner you address the issue, the sooner you can deal with it as a couple.
To help you deal with your partner’s snoring, we have put together a handy guide below:
Talk it through
The first thing to do is sit down with your partner and discuss the problem with them. Talking about the problem will allow you to address it properly and talk through your options.
Pick your timing carefully. Discussing your partner’s snoring at 3am in the morning after they have woken you up, is a recipe for disaster. Choose a time when your partner is calm and relaxed, and there is no one else around to distract you.
Explain to your partner why their snoring is affecting you and why you are worried about it affecting your relationship.
Do some research
Use the internet to do some research on snoring and get an idea of the best ways to prevent your partner from snoring. Get a better understanding of what causes snoring, so that you can properly understand what you are dealing with. Look at things like natural snoring treatments and recommended anti snoring devices and read up on them. This will give you an idea of what works best.
Make some lifestyle changes
As well as investing in a snoring device, make some lifestyle changes as a couple. Don’t pressure your partner into making lifestyle changes if you are not willing to do the same. Explain that you want to support them and so, are happy to make changes with them.
Snoring can be caused by loose fatty tissue in the back of the throat, the best way to get rid of this tissue is to exercise regularly. Did you know that taking part in regular cardiovascular exercise can help to tone up the tissue in the throat and prevent snoring?
Encourage your partner to become more active by finding fun activities the two of you can do together. Things like playing badminton, cycling, hiking, and going for a swim each morning, are all excellent ideas.
Another way to reduce the amount of fatty tissue in the back of the throat is by losing weight. If your partner is overweight, encourage them to eat more healthily and lose a few pounds. There are plenty of ways you can do this, from implementing healthier meals to joining a weight loss group like Weight Watchers or Slimming World.
See a doctor
If all else fails, and your partner’s snoring is not getting any better, make an appointment for your partner to visit the doctor. Your doctor will be able to suggest the best ways your partner can prevent snoring.
If your doctor can not recommend anything to help, he or she may refer your partner to a sleep clinic to be monitored by a sleep specialist.