Your partner is in denial about their problem In the Snoreeze Sleep Survey, carried out by YouGov, 65% of people in the UK admitted to snoring. But, a huge 86% of those in relationships said their partner snores. It's not uncommon for people to be in complete denial about their snoring, because of course, they can't hear it! One solution is to play them a video of them snoring. After all, the camera never lies.
You're about to get charged with assault Ever been woken by your alarm and felt like throwing it across the room? Well, it seems people feel the same about snoring partners. 58% of those sleeping next to a snorer said they have shaken, nudged, or kicked them to stop the noise. This is mild compared to the 1 in 10 who have considered putting a pillow over their snoring partner's face! We'd opt for trying to solve the cause of the snoring rather than resorting to assault.
They blame you for being a light sleeper "I don't snore, I just breathe heavily. You must be a really light sleeper!" Sound familiar? Some people have been found to snore at over 100 decibels[i] (that's louder than a low-flying jet)! So, next time your partner tries to say it's not their problem, let them know just how loud snoring can be, and see if they fancy sleeping next to a runway.
You don't go to bed together any more No, we're not being crude. We mean that you literally don't go to bed together any more. 14% of people with snoring partners say that they have gone up to bed first to fall asleep before their partner starts snoring. 22% said they had simply opted to sleep in separate rooms, avoiding the risk of being woken up at all.
Date night turns in to a sofa snore-a-thon Gone are the days when you would enjoy a romantic night in, cuddling up together watching your favourite rom-com. These days, your partner is fast asleep before Harry has even met Sally. Studies show that snoring actually causes the snorer themselves to suffer from daytime sleepiness[ii], even though they have been sound asleep all night. Letting your partner know that their snoring is causing their tiredness as well as yours might encourage them to do something about it.
You're both feeling unhealthy and sluggish A disturbed night's sleep does more than just leave you tired. 27% of people say it makes them more likely to crave unhealthy food. Science backs this up as researchers in Berkeley[iii] used MRI scans and found that sleep deprived people craved junk food. This news isn't great for your waistline, or indeed your physical relationship. After all, a family-sized portion of cheesy chips isn't what gets most people in the mood for love.
They're in trouble at work If your partner is a snorer, it's not unusual for their work performance to suffer. Their boss might be under the impression that they're slacking, but perhaps they should be blaming you for elbowing them whenever they let out a snore. 48% of people surveyed said they found it harder to concentrate after a disturbed night's sleep, with 34% admitting they are less productive at work. So, solving their snoring could not only improve your sleep, but their work performance too.
You're arguing over your cornflakes We all have off days where we don't want to get out of bed, or wake up in a grump. But your partner's snoring can leave you waking up on the wrong side of the bed every single day. 54% of people say a disturbed night's sleep leaves them feeling irritable, while 24% say they feel more emotionally sensitive than normal.
The snorer refuses to seek treatment Despite 65% of the UK admitting to snoring, only a shameful 7% of snorers in relationships said they had ever purchased a snoring relief product. Even though your partner's snoring is not keeping them awake at night, they need to recognise that your sleep is important. Snoring treatments are no longer old wives' tales. Everything from throat sprays and oral strips through to nasal sprays and nasal strips is available, so there's no excuse for not seeking out a product that works for you.
They keep you awake at night…with worry Snoring is often portrayed as a bit of a joke. But, it does have a serious side. Heavy snoring can be a sign of a condition called sleep apnoea. This is where your airway relaxes and narrows, reducing or stopping airflow to your lungs while you sleep. Sufferers can stop breathing hundreds of times a night. Sleep apnoea is linked to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and depression. Signs of the condition are loud snoring, gasping or snorting during sleep, poor memory, irritability and a lack of interest in sex. If you feel your partner may be suffering from sleep apnoea, we would advise you to encourage them to visit a doctor. Treatments range from simple mouthpieces like the Snoreeze Oral Device, to CPAP machines.
Snoring relief treatments for every type of snorer can be found at www.snoreeze.com , more information about heavy snoring and sleep apnoea can be found at www.snoreezeoraldevice.com
All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Fieldwork was undertaken between 15th - 16th October 2014. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).
[ii] Daniel J. Gottlieb, Qing Yao, Susan Redline, Tauqeer Ali, Mark W. Mahowald. "Does Snoring Predict Sleepiness Independently of Apnea and Hypopnea Frequency?" American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Vol. 162, No. 4 (2000), pp. 1512-1517.
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