Partner Snoring And Keeping You Up At Night? Tips To Get Some Sleep

Posted on: 11 July 2016

If you have a partner that snores all the time, you might have a difficult time sleeping at night. This can get very frustrating in a marriage, as no sleep tends to cause bad moods, sleepiness in the daytime, and more. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help you get some sleep before you kick your spouse out of your bed.

Push Them on Their Side

According to a study reported by the New York Times, 54 percent of snorers were positional snorers, which means these people only snored when they slept in certain positions, such as on the back. This is because while someone is sleeping on their back, the tongue can fall back into the throat and obstruct the breathing.

If this sounds like your spouse, gently push them to get them to roll over on their side to see if they stop snoring. This may not work, but it is still worth a try.

Make Some Lifestyle Changes

If your spouse is overweight, losing weight can help them with their snoring problem. This is because fatty tissue around the neck can narrow a person's airway, which causes poor airflow.

If your spouse smokes, snoring is one of the many reasons they should quit. Smoking and snoring are thought to be connected because smoking irritates the throat and inflames the upper airway.

Drinking alcohol, even in small amounts, can make an already bad snoring problem worse. This is because alcohol makes you sleep in a deeper sleep and a more relaxed state. The muscles in the throat relax, which then causes the back of the throat to fold faster. So, if your spouse goes to bed drunk, you may want to sleep in another room.

Have Surgery

If your spouse continues to snore, they should see a doctor, who in severe cases may suggest they have snoring surgery. Below is some information about the types of surgeries the doctor may suggest.

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty

If the doctor determines the snoring problem is due to your partner having excess tissue in their mouth, then the doctor will likely suggest this type of surgery. During the surgery, the doctor will remove the excess tissue. 

Radiofrequency Ablation

This surgery shrinks and tightens part of the tongue to create extra breathing space.

Soft Palate Implants

If the cause of your spouse's snoring is found to be vibrations of their soft palate, the doctor will choose this surgery for your spouse. The doctor will insert one or more implants in the roof of your spouse's mouth to stiffen their soft palate and stop the vibrations.

The doctor will likely send your spouse to a sleep clinic for a sleep study to help determine why your spouse snores. 

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