Snoring is a problem. It is disruptive to those who share your bed or bedroom, and it is also detrimental to your health. Snoring prevents the sleeper from getting a good night’s rest which can cause plenty of health problems down the road. Anyone who is a snorer themselves or who is in a relationship with someone who snores knows that this is a nightly habit that can cause great distress in not only the quality of life of the individual who snores but also the quality of life of anybody who sleeps (or tries to sleep) within earshot of the individual when they are trying to get to sleep themselves. What quite often what happens is that not everybody is actually aware that they do snore when they sleep so addressing the problem can be more of a challenge when you are not necessarily aware that there is a problem to begin with. That is why having open and honest communication with your partner is important for issues like this so that they can be addressed and treated (and ideally, even potentially cured) before becoming worse for wear.
Knowing when to seek assistance
There are many different options that affected individuals can utilise to address their snoring, all of them coming with their own advantages and benefits. However, it is very well known that there is no one cure for snoring. What works perfectly well for one individual may have no impact on the next. For this reason, it is even one important to know when to seek professional assistance to address your snoring because, quite simply, trying to treat yourself can have little to no impact as well as cause you to spend more energy, money, and time on figuring out something that a professional can give you assistance with far easier than you can do so for yourself.
When you notice that the people around you are becoming irritable or frustrated due to your snoring which is causing difficulties falling or staying asleep, it might be time to admit that you need help. While you can try over the counter solutions or nose clips that are supposed to help you sleep better, if it doesn’t work, there is no shame in throwing in the towel and seeking professional medical opinions.
Unravelling the effect on relationships
The effect on relationships can be brutal and even devastating. In fact, there are many relationships that have actually broken down either partially or entirely as a result of the snoring of one – or both – individuals. The effect of relationships is important to understand because snoring not only directly impacts your own health and wellbeing. It also significantly impacts the sleep cycle of the individuals that you share your life with. And this can become quite an issue over time, particularly if it is not addressed when it should be. So, unravelling the effects that snoring has on relationships is very much a process of navigation around a learning curve.
Talk to your partner and see if you two can reach a consensus on what to do with the problem. If neither of you can come to a conclusive solution, perhaps a visit to a counsellor is in order.
Consistent research towards lasting solutions
As mentioned previously, there is no one-size-fits-all cure because of there are plenty of underlying issues that can cause snoring. Being overweight or smoking or even drinking alcohol too regularly can cause snoring. Aside from that, there are other chronic problems such as sleep apnea of which snoring is a symptom. Even those with seasonal hay fever can experience snoring as well. The first step is to find out what is causing your snoring and the next step is to treat it.
There is so much to be said about the powerful and active consistent research that is working towards lasting solutions for snoring around the globe. And there is also the hope that with all of this effort going into more research and studies, that the future for individuals who are directly or indirectly impacted by snoring will be able to enjoy a greater sense of health, wellbeing, quality of life, and general sanity as time goes on. Snoring can and does impact your relationships, however it does not have to. Before anything else, seeking medical assistance can help bridge the gas and assist you and your partner in finding your way to a healthier future where snoring does not overpower every night’s sleep for you both.