Living with a snoring partner be a huge test of your patience — but it’s also been found to be damaging to your health. The problem is associated with constant irritability, which is likely to influence your relationship as well.
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Your partner’s snoring often interferes with your sleep and waking them up to make it stop will often upset them too, chipping away at your relationship little by little. A negative atmosphere at home can result in stress, inflammation, changes in appetite and even a weakened immune system caused by the constant arguing.
Queen’s University in Canada carried out a study to find the effects of snoring on hearing, using four couples in which one person in the relationship had severe sleep apnea. It found that the sound didn’t affect snorers much, but 100 percent of their partners suffered hearing damage equivalent to sleeping next to an industrial machine, especially in the ear closest to the snores.
Here are the best tips to stop snoring:
1 Maintain a healthy weight and diet
Being overweight by just a few kilograms can lead to snoring. Fatty tissue around your neck squeezes the airway and prevents air from flowing in and out freely.
2 Try to sleep on your side
Try to sleep on your side rather than your back. While sleeping on your back, your tongue, chin and any excess fatty tissue under your chin can relax and squash your airway. Sleeping on your side prevents this.
3 Avoid alcohol before going to bed
Drinking alcohol before going to bed causes the muscles to relax more than usual during a normal night’s sleep, leading the back of the throat to collapse more readily, which then causes snoring.
4 Quit or cut down on smoking
Cigarette smoke irritates the lining of the nasal cavity and throat, causing swelling and catarrh. If the nasal passages become congested, it’s difficult to breathe through your nose because the airflow is decreased.
5 Keep your nasal passages clear
If an allergy is blocking your nose, try a nasal spray. Keep your nasal passages clear, so that you breathe in through your nose rather than your mouth.