Not getting enough sleep: 4 Ways to Cope with a Snoring Partner
Are you ever faced with the dilemma of kicking your partner out of the room vs. just not getting enough (or restful) sleep? Are you kept awake at night by their sleep laughing, restlessness, talking, snoring or some combination of all of these things? In the beginning these things might seem amusing/tolerable but after a while the “bloom is off the rose” and the need for getting a good night’s rest takes over. We love our partners and don’t want to kick them out of bed but when do you step back to find a solution? A good starting point would be to determine the cause of the sleeping issues.
1.) Get to the bottom of it– There are many contributing factors that cause someone to be a restless/snoring sleeper including dehydration, caffeine, alcohol, smoking, weight issues, and even preferred sleep positions among many others. Figuring out what the root causes of your partner’s restlessness/snoring are and addressing them could lead to better more restful nights for all. If they are talking in their sleep, it could be due to anxiety, stress, or some issue they need to work out and are unable to address during their waking hours. If that’s the case, be sure to check in with them to see what’s going on and to see if you can help them talk it outbeforeyou go to bed.
2.) Eat a good breakfast – This is so important for so many reasons, but among those reasons is the fact that it will lead to better sleep. People who eat first thing tend to have/produce more melatonin, which aids in sleep at night. If you have less melatonin in your system, you may be more susceptible to waking up and more likely to be affected by the night time shenanigans of your partner.
3.)Consider sleep aids– There are lots of products in the market that claim to reduce snoring and/or promote restful sleep from breathing strips, oral/nasal decongestants and antihistamines, anti-snoring pillows to white noise machines. If the snoring is a result of a cold, allergies, or one or more of the issues in the first point and not something more serious like sleep apnea then consider some over-the-counter options, if appropriate. Also consider wearing ear plugs. This may not be the most comfortable option but if you are determined to stay in the same bed, then consider it.
4.)Sleep in separate rooms– It doesn’t have to be a permanent solution but when all else fails, it might be necessary. Many people balk at this notion and feel like it should be a last resort measure. However, the thing to keep in mind is that sleeping in separate rooms does not mean there is something wrong with the relationship; it simply means you need your rest and sleeping apart will ensure that you do.