June 13th, 2017, by Editorial Team
SNORING is a common problem which affects around 75 per cent of British adults, and usually doesn’t require treatment – but one man’s snoring was so loud it began destroying the intimacy in his relationship.
How to stop snoring: Keith White says its affected his relationship with his girlfriend
His snoring is so loud, the couple sleep in separate beds, and he was even forced to sleep in a hotel bathtub onetime when they were holidaying together.
“Jenny and I met through work four years ago,” he explained. “She was my best friend first and foremost and our relationship really developed out of that, but it wasn’t until we started going out that she became aware that I was a loud snorer.
“We often laugh about snoring and don’t take it very seriously but in reality it can drive couples apart.
We often laugh about snoring and don’t take it very seriously but in reality it can drive couples apart.
“Unfortunately, my snoring is so loud that every night I have to sleep in a separate bed or on the sofa. Sleeping apart from Jenny means that we miss out on a lot of intimacy, like cuddling, which other couples enjoy as part of a healthy relationship.”
Keith revealed that being physically separated between 11pm to 7am every day has caused distance in their relationship.
He said: “I know that when we stay in a hotel together I am keeping her awake. Once it goats bad I had to sleep in the bath tub of the hotel were staying in.
“Jenny wants the snoring to end because she’s missing intimacy in our relationship. I know it’s not sustainable and I worry about the impact of snoring on our relationship.”
According to a recent YouGov survey, 75 per cent of British adults snore and 54 per cent of snorers have a partner who also snores. Furthermore, 38 per cent of cohabiting or married couples sleep apart at times due to snoring.
Are you one of those people with an embarrassing snoring problem?
Nancy H. Rotstein, The Sleep Ambassador, is an expert on sleep, and explained its importance.
She said: “Sleep is not a luxury but an essential requirement for life. As you sleep, your body and brain are busy at work restoring and rejuvenating so that your waking hours are more productive and healthy.
“In our 24/7 culture, we have lost respect for sleep. Our biology has not changed, but our behaviour has and it’s playing havoc with our sleep, compromising our health and ability to function well.
“You must sleep well to live well. Don’t underestimate what you lose when you don’t get the quality and quantity of sleep you need. Your brain and body miss out on essential functions.”
While there is no magic ‘cure’ for snoring, there are a number of options available.
How to stop snoring: Keith now uses Mute to help with the problem
NHS choices writes on its website that lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, are usually recommended, but anti-snoring devices, such as mouth guards or nasal strips, can help prevent snoring.
Keith has tried many products to reduce his snoring and none were successful, until he tried Mute.
He said: “Recently I tried Mute, an anti-snoring aid that you insert in your nose and which gently opens the airways so your can breathe better and stop snoring.
“It’s been brilliant at increasing air flow an helping me reduce my snoring.”
There are many good reasons to treat snoring, including restoring sleep quality, guarding against risks to health and improving daytime functioning. Protecting the health and intimacy of your relationship is another important reason to acknowledge a snoring problem.