Behind Closed Doors: Dealing with a Snoring Spouse
For some, the idea of sharing a bed with their spouse or partners is bliss. For others, it can be a wonderful dream that slowly turns into a nightmare when you learn all of the things your spouse does while asleep. Maybe they move around a lot, or talk in their sleep. But hands down one of the most annoying and upsetting things to have to deal with is a snoring spouse. Your nights can be easily ruined and it can have a negative impact on your relationship as a whole.
Don’t let your spouse’s snoring deter you from marital bliss. There are plenty of things that you can do to help both of you sleep better and more harmoniously together.
Often snoring occurs because of obstructed nasal passages. You’ll notice that their snoring will occur, or get much worse when they are sick. If this is a rare occurrence but has been going on for a couple of days, have a little bit of patience. Chances are the snoring will stop as soon as your spouse feels a bit better. Some chamomile tea or other relaxing nighttime beverage could help both of you fall asleep a bit easier, and will help clear up the lingering symptoms of their sickness.
Wake them up gently
Snoring is caused when the muscles of the throat and respiratory structures vibrate during sleep because air is obstructed exiting the nose and throat. This occurs during sleep because we are relaxed, and our muscles have relaxed along with us. By waking the person up, you cause the muscles in their throat to tense back up again, which stops the snoring. However, it’s much easier on both of you if you wake the person up gently. Try not to use your elbows. A gentle hand on the arm, or a tickling on the back of their neck can often wake them up just enough to stop the snoring.
Visit the pharmacy and buy some over-the-counter snoring fixes
There are plenty of over-the-counter treatments for snoring. Enough for you to try a new one almost every single day of the year! Do some research and figure out what the best option would be for you and your partner. Some people swear by nasal strips which help open the nostrils, while others chose lubricating sprays or special mouthpieces. With a little bit of advance research, you should be able to go to the drug store and walk away with an option that works for you and your partner.