Few things are more frustrating than tossing and turning through the night because you’ve got a freight train of a snorer sleeping next to you. You love the person, but the noisy monster they become once their head hits the pillow? Not so much. And if you’re tired of nudging your loved one in their sleep, it’s time to try something else. From smart products to simple nighttime tweaks, here’s how to deal with your partner’s snoring. Because after all, you deserve a good night’s rest too!
The simplest solution may be to just invest in a good pair of ear plugs. We aren’t talking about the cheap single-use earplugs that come in a plastic bag. A quality pair of plugs, like QuietOn Premium Snore Cancelling Wireless Earbuds ($199) are created to cancel out loud snores. You’re also able to switch between two modes, hearing and silent, to hear and converse when necessary or block sound. (Bonus: These earplugs will also be a godsend for travel!)
How to deal with your partner’s snoring may involve cutting back on alcohol before bed. So, that delicious cocktail during a late dinner? You may want to skip it. Alcohol may work to calm the nerves after a stressful day, but it can also relax the jaw and throat enough to hang open all night. Cue the snores! Opt for a cup of chamomile or other calming caffeine-free tea before heading to bed instead.
Many times snoring occurs when laying on the back, so you can help your loved one escape this sleeping position by buying some extra pillows to prop them up. Try and encourage them to sleep on their side, as snoring is less likely to take place in that position. An adjustable side-sleeping pillow, like this one, can be a great incentive to switch up their sleeping habits.
They seem a little silly looking, but these little strips can work wonders. These drug free, flexible, spring-like bands lift and open nasal passages to help you breathe better and prevent nasal snoring. See if your loved one is willing to try this for a few nights to see if there’s any improvement.
Your loved one may be snoring due to allergens. We’ve got a quick and easy fix for that — try an air purifier! You’ll find that you and your bedmate will enjoy more than a quiet night of sleep. These gadgets can also help rid your space of harmful contaminants like mold, bacteria, and pet dander.
White noise is the ideal sound to fill the void (or in your case, drown out the snores) without keeping you awake. Turn a white noise machine on before bed and see for yourself. You’ll notice the noise is calming, relaxing, and the exact frequency that allows your brain to calm down and focus only on sleeping.
It may not be ideal, but sleep is a vital part of staying healthy. Embrace the possibility that you may end up sleeping in separate rooms. After all, many couples sleep in separate beds in order to maintain a healthy amount of sleep. Think of it as a mutually respectful (and romantic) move — your sweetie doesn’t want to keep you up all night, and you want to respect their sleep too!
Now that we’ve tackled the snoring issue, let’s examine why sleep and oxygen is so important for our brain power!