Sleep Sleep Apnea Share Tweet As much as you love ending a tiresome day with your partner every night, one thing that probably annoys you most is their snoring habits. Their loud snoring won’t only be a nuisance, but it’s enough to keep you awake. Furthermore, some loud snorers tend to be restless in bed, disturbing you even more. Thus, you wake up feeling lethargic, sleepy, and irritated. Although this is a common problem among couples, the good thing is that there are ways to manage this situation, so you and your partner both get excellent sleep quality. Read the rest of the article to find out more. Why Does Your Partner Snore? There are several reasons why your partner snores. Some of these causes are: Excessive smoking and alcohol consumption Sleeping position Swollen tonsils Cold or flu Sleep deprivation Some of these causes are only temporary, which means that your partner’s snoring is short-term and can be resolved when they quit their unhealthy habits. However, if the snoring tends to be loud and consistent, it may signify other underlying health problems, such as sleep apnea. When a person has sleep apnea, the air cannot flow freely because the airway is partially blocked on the throat or nose. Their upper airway muscles and tissues will then relax and vibrate when lying down, producing the snoring sound. If their airway muscles relax too much, it’ll cause complete blockage of the airflow, interrupting their breathing, and causing the person to gasp, choke, or cough. Sleep apnea could pose serious health threats to your partner, such as stroke, high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. Thus, if your partner’s snoring is consistent, it may be best to take them to a sleep apnea clinic for a proper diagnosis and treatment. How To Deal With Your Partner’s Snores? Whether your partner’s snoring is only temporary or consistent, several things can help you deal with it and get a good night’s sleep for yourself. 1. Encourage Them To See A Doctor Before you start hating or glaring at your partner for their snoring, it may be best to take them to a doctor first. As mentioned, sleep apnea is one of the possible causes of snoring. Taking them to a doctor will help your partner get the proper treatment if they are diagnosed to have such. The doctor may recommend that your partner use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine or other treatment devices against sleep apnea to improve their breathing pattern and prevent snoring. Once your partner gets treated, you’ll enjoy the following nights with a quieter and more peaceful slumber. 2. Wear Earplugs Meanwhile, if your partner’s snoring isn’t caused by a serious sleep disorder, you can wear earplugs to eliminate the sound of their snoring. Several earplugs are available that differ depending on the volume of the snoring you’re trying to muffle. You can go for the cheapest one, the soft foam earplugs available in drugstores, or buy the noise-reducing or noise-canceling silicone earplugs designed to eliminate loud sounds (e.g., airport runways, concerts, loudspeakers). 3. Listen To White Noise Or Soft Music If stuffing earplugs on your ears aren’t comfortable for you, you can listen to soft music, or white noise can also help muffle the sound of your partner’s snoring. You can play your favorite songs with a soft melody or go for white noises like the sound of crashing waves, waterfalls, chirping birds, or rustling trees. These calming and soothing sounds can help lull you into sleep. 4. Meditate Or Listen To Mindfulness Meditation If your partner’s snoring isn’t too loud or severe, you can try distracting yourself from the snores by meditating or listening to mindfulness meditation. Meditation is an excellent way to redirect your attention away from their snores and instead focus on putting yourself to sleep. Plus, it has other benefits too that can improve your overall well-being. 5. Change Your Partner’s Position Did you know that your partner’s sleeping position can also affect the severity or volume of their snoring? Sometimes, lying on their backs will only worsen their snoring sounds, making it even harder for you to get some shuteye. To resolve this issue, you can encourage your partner to change their sleeping position and avoid lying on their back during their sleep. If your partner finds it difficult to control their sleeping position, you may try some of these strategies: Invest in a snore-reducing trainer This padded weight belt is designed to prevent the wearer from sleeping on their back. They’ll be forced to roll to the side and eventually help reduce their snoring. Place a tennis ball on their back If you don’t want to invest in the snore-reducing trainer, you can also try slipping a tennis ball or any smooth object underneath your partner’s back to make it uncomfortable to sleep on their back. Use an anti-snore pillow An anti-snore pillow, also known as a head-positioning pillow, is designed to align the person’s neck and reduce snoring. Other than that, this pillow may also help improve their sleep quality. Takeaway Trying to get some sleep with a snoring partner beside you can be frustrating. Thankfully, these strategies may help reduce their snoring and improve your and your partner’s sleep quality. So, try out these techniques until you find which one resolves your partner’s snoring issue.