What Not to Do about a Partner’s Snoring
Many people will give you solutions for how to sleep when someone is snoring. If you are sleeping with someone whose snoring is keeping you up, your first solution shouldn’t be trying to block the sound with:
- A pillow over your head
- Loud music
- Sleeping in another room
There are many reasons why these are not good solutions. First, they’re not likely to work well. It’s hard to make earplugs work effectively enough to block out snoring, let alone a pillow. After all, snoring can be louder than many dangerous workplace environments. The level of earplugs needed to block this snoring can make it very hard to sleep.
The same is true of loud music. Music that’s loud enough to drown out snoring is likely to be disruptive to your sleep and to that of others in your home. It might even disturb your neighbors.
You might think sleeping in another room is a good solution, but it might not be enough to drown out the noise, either. Plus, moving to sleep in another room can seem an aggressive step if you don’t first get your partner to understand why.
Instead of trying to sleep through snoring, try to reach out to the snorer and help them understand that they have a problem. After all, it’s not just your sleep that’s at stake: they aren’t sleeping well, and their problem is likely impacting their health. Loud snoring is a sign that a person likely has sleep apnea. For your sake and theirs, it’s important to reach out to a person who is snoring, even if they seem to be ignoring you. Here are some tips for reaching them.