We’re all after a good night’s sleep – it’s not only good for our health and wellbeing, but our sanity too.
But if you share your bed with someone who snores, it can be difficult to get your eight hours. While they’re blissfully snoring away in dream land, you’re wide awake, quietly plotting how best to get your revenge.
Before you finalise your plot though, try some of these tricks to make sure you get a good night’s sleep:
Go to bed before your snoring partner
“Going to bed before the snorer does will mean you won’t suffer from the anxiety of waiting for them to fall asleep and begin snoring, which you know will keep you awake,” comments Slumberdown’s sleep expert, Sammy Margo.
“Even if the snoring usually wakes you up, at least this way you can get a head start with your sleep and, you never know, you might even sleep through the noise when your partner joins you.”
Sew a tennis ball into the back of the snorer's pyjamas
“It might sound bonkers but it’s one of my best tips to prevent snoring,” explains Sammy.
“Sewing a tennis ball on to the back of the snorer’s pyjamas will make it uncomfortable to lie on their back, which is the position most likely to trigger snoring. Instead, the snoring partner will be forced to sleep on their side and will therefore be less likely to snore.”
Try using a white noise machine
These machines are said to work wonders for people with insomnia as they drown out sounds of car horns and dogs barking. They could work for drowning out the sound of a snorer too, creating a calm and peaceful environment.
Record your partner snoring
If they’re in denial about their snoring, there’s only one thing to do – ask the snorer if you can record them.
Sammy says: “It may seem slightly intrusive, but recording the snoring and playing the sound back to your partner will help them to both acknowledge that there is a problem, and to understand the scale of it.
“Many snorers will spend years not actually realising how loud their snoring is. Once your partner is aware, they’re more likely to be more cooperative in tackling the problem and you’ll be in it together.”
Buy them an anti-snore pillow
If the snorer in question is reluctant to sort their snores, switch their normal pillow for an anti-snore one.
These pillows are designed to create the correct positioning of their head, supporting the neck and head to open up the airwaves.
Sammy recommends: “Try a pillow that is specifically designed to stop snoring, such as Slumberdown’s Anti-Snore pillow. The ‘S’-shaped design of the inner foam core supports the head and neck which encourages better breathing.”
Wear ear plugs
Sometimes there’s nothing for it but to wear them. Go for a high-quality pair that cancels out the noise rather than muffles it.