How to beat the snore…..simply by wearing a t-shirt to bed!

I’m very lucky in many ways. But there’s one thing – I’ve come to realise – that I should be particularly thankful for: my other half doesn’t snore!

It’s not something I’ve often thought about. That is, until the new addition to our little family brought it home to me – literally. My puppy, Louis – a beautiful French bulldog – spends most of his life rasping and wheezing and snorting, poor little mite. And whilst I consider Louis’ snoring habit to be one of his endearing idiosyncrasies, I’m grateful that I don’t have to listen to him take each noisy breath whilst I’m trying to sleep (he sleeps downstairs, you see).

Honestly, I can’t imagine what it must be like to put up with the rattling racket of a snoring bed-mate, every night. Yet millions of people across the country do. According to an article written by the Director of the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association in spring 2007, “Current trends in the treatment of snoring & sleep apnoea”, every night an estimated 15 million snorers in the UK disturb the slumber of their bed partner and other family members, with noise levels reaching in excess of 90dB! 90dB is around the same noise level as a lawnmower, and only 10dB less than a chain saw or pneumatic drill! Crikey, I hope those unlucky folks have good ear-plugs!

And, I’ve learnt, it’s not just sleep quality that’s affected by your bed-buddy’s snoring – a partner’s snoring can have a huge, detrimental, impact on your relationship. Studies have found high divorce rates in couples where a partner snores. And snoring is also a common factor in why more couples are now sleeping apart. According to one American study in 2001, Dr Mansoor Madani found 80% of snoring couples slept in separate bedrooms! Maybe I’m naïve, but I’m truly shocked!

I bet Kevin Jonas’ wife, Danielle, isn’t so surprised. It was reported earlier this month that the Jonas Brother has a snoring problem, which forces his wife to sleep in a separate room, putting their baby plans on hold. Similarly, according to newspaper reports this August, Eastender Sid Owen and his fiancé, Polly, sleep in separate bedrooms due to him snoring “like a rhino”.

While I count my blessings, I urge all snorers out there to take action now to get their relationship and love-life back on track. How? Well, there are a number of things you could try:

  • If you’re very overweight, losing some weight will often reduce snoring.
  • You could try sleeping on a firmer pillow. A pillow that’s too soft can exacerbate snoring.
  • Quit smoking or at least stop smoking just before bedtime.
  • Don’t drink alcohol in the evening.
  • Watch what you eat before bed – don’t eat too much and avoid dairy products before bedtime, as they can cause mucus build-up.

But, of course, you want a quick-fix solution, right? Well, give this a go: the Anti-Snore T-Shirt. That’s right, a t-shirt!

Recommended by more than 600 doctors and dentists in North America, it works simply by correcting sleeping position. Research has shown that over 60% of snorers will stop snoring or snore less when sleeping on their sides. The Anti-Snore T-Shirt has inflatable bumpers on the back which ensure you do just that! It costs £45 from We Love Sleep. It’s just a shame they don’t do them in tiny sizes for my snuffling pig-dog!

Finally, a tip for those poor sleep-deprived partners of snorers: If you’re having trouble convincing your other half to take their snoring habit seriously, try video recording them snoring. And if listening to themselves snort and rattle doesn’t encourage your partner to do something about it, stick the recording on YouTube for the whole world to see and hear! Good luck!

Snoring could be a sign of a terrifying breathing disorder called sleep apnoea, whereby the sufferer frequently stops breathing when they are sleeping. If you are concerned that you may have sleep apnoea, you should seek medical advice.

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