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Tips for Dealing With a Spouse Who Snores

Dealing With Snoring Is a Chore

All the recent news about poor sleep quality being bad for women's health is keeping me up at night! Not only can lack of sleep increase your cardio risk profile, it can increase your risk for breast cancer as well. I, for one, sleep next to a snorer and his "funny breathing" often wakes me up. To protect my sleep, I have decided to play hard ball with my hubbie.

Here are a few things to try for keeping the snoring at bay:

  • Tape a tennis ball (I said I was I was playing ball) onto the pajama top of the snorer to encourage side sleeping, instead of back sleeping which promotes snoring.
  • Those prone to snoring should avoid drinking alcohol close to bedtime since it can increase snoring.
  • Snorers should avoid drinking milk and eating milk products before bed since dairy products can increase mucus production and mucus can increase snoring. On the other hand, if you sleep with a snorer you should drink a cup of warm milk since it does help induce sleep.
  • A lot of people are allergic to animal dander, so have your pet sleep somewhere other than your bedroom and see if that decreases the snoring.
  • Losing weight can significantly reduce the severity of snoring. This is not to say that all snorers are overweight. Excess weight on the neck can decrease the air opening of the throat, which increases the chances of snoring.
  • Earplugs!!! I have heard of many marriages being saved by earplugs.

If you have a technique for dealing with snoring that I didn't mention, please share it in the comments section. You could help save a relationship.


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Kevin15332798 Kevin15332798 3 years
Milk does not increase production of mucus. That's an old wives tale that I'm surprised to see still passed around in the digital age. A little fact checking wouldn't hurt.
anned anned 9 years
woah really kasey? how old is your man? ;)
kasey_87 kasey_87 9 years
my boyfriend drinks milk every night before bedtime. i had no idea that milk was a contributing factor to his snoring...i guarantee though, if i suggest that he not drink milk before bed, he will flip out. he says he can't sleep unless he drinks milk
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I am SO lucky that my husband doesn't snore. My dad and brother both snore like you would NOT believe. Luckily, I don't snore and neither does hubby, but our dog snores REALLY loud sometimes. I haven't figured out how to make her stop...somehow, I don't think the tennis ball trick would work on her, lol.
new new 9 years
my boyfriend ony snores when he sleeps on his back. when he starts snoring i just take his chin and turn it sidewards, it doesn't wake him up and he stops snoring
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
i just slip my hand behind my fiance's head (he's a back sleeper), apply a little pressure to the back of his neck, like a massage, and he stops straight away. works every time.
cateislate cateislate 9 years
haha - these articles always seem so relevant. my husband doesn't believe he snores. he does.
anned anned 9 years
I am confused about the tennis ball thing...where is it supposed to go? do you tape it on the back of the pajama top so you don't sleep on your back? I am a horrible--I snore, kick, and grind my teeth. my boyfriend loves it! haha
details2 details2 9 years
my boyfriend uses the breath right strips - they don't eliminate his snoring - but it never seems as bad when he does. My sister's husband lost a significant amount of weight and she says he doesn't snore anymore. My boyfriend just started gaining weight and now he snores.
kbarre kbarre 9 years
Is it just me or does that tennis ball thing seem kinda mean?
avienndha avienndha 9 years
Totally an ear plug wearer as well...just makes it quiet enough. I can still hear the cats breaking stuff at 3 am
emalove emalove 9 years
My husband snores sometimes, but it doesn't bother me. I just sleep right through it. I think it's because I grew up in a house where my father snored every single night. I think I just got used to it and it doesn't bother me anymore.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Thank God myself and my bf doesn't snore...
mwjank mwjank 9 years
Absolutely earplugs. I can still hear the alarm and the children if they need me, but they muffle the low thunder of my husband's snore enough for me to get a good night's sleep. They did take a few nights to get used to.
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