In summer 2011, a bombshell announcement dropped about one of the nation’s most prominent couples (at that time). Tom Cruise was revealed to have what was dubbed the “snoratorium,” a special, soundproof room for a snoring sleeper. Although some were quick to attribute this to Cruise’s association with Scientology, it was actually a widespread fad in celebrity and upscale homes.

Snoratoriums for All (That Can Afford It)

Upper body photo of a middle age couple asleep togetherIn the article that revealed Cruise’s unusual space, there was also an interview with a Hollywood real estate agent, who said that once word had gotten around about the idea, “everyone with the space wants one.” Although many people were understandably leery about advertising that they had one of these spaces, Judith Sheindlin, aka “Judge Judy,” admitted to having one in her estate in Connecticut, though she called it a “snoring room.” She also said that she and her husband have had one since they moved out of a studio and into a reasonable space, saying “It’s just civilized.”

Ideally, a snoratorium is completely soundproofed so that the snoring individual cannot be heard once the door is closed. It is also recommended that a snoratorium have some type of noise generator to help mask the sound for the snorer inside, such as a fish tank. One of the less common features is a larger bed–some encourage visitors in the snoratorium, but others do not.

Legacy of the Snoratorium

Although the snoratorium per se has largely become a forgotten concept just a few years on, its legacy remains. A recent survey suggests that a full 30-40% of couples sleep apart, primarily because of snoring. This is a continuation of the trend that was encapsulated in the snoratorium, a flight from dealing with the serious issue of snoring.

Unfortunately, we haven’t learned the essential lesson of the snoratorium’s poster family: sleeping apart won’t necessarily save your marriage. This belief comes from the misconception that the only one being hurt by snoring is the person who sleeps with the snorer. Even if sleeping apart does help this person, the snorer continues to suffer consequences of poor sleep that can still lead to increased conflict in the couple. The only real way to eliminate snoring-related problems is to eliminate snoring.

If you want help with snoring in Omaha, please call (402) 493-4175 for an appointment with a sleep dentist at the Advanced Dental Sleep Treatment Center.