Ninety Million Americans Snore…

What Is It Doing To Their Relationships



There are 90 million adult snorers in America according to The National Sleep Foundation, with 37 million adults being affected by snoring on an ongoing basis. Other studies indicate that when someone in a relationship snores, up to 80% of these couples can end up sleeping in different rooms. And the reality of separate bedrooms means that couples are spending less intimate time together cuddling, snuggling and talking before they drift off to sleep or when they wake up in the morning.


Snoring has been dubbed the 'silent relationship killer' in my new ebook “Is Snoring Destroying Your Relationship While You Sleep?” because quite often couples are unaware or unwilling to acknowledge that they have a problem with their relationship caused by snoring.  For couples, the bedroom is the area of the home that is associated with intimate shared moments. Yet when one partner in the relationship snores and interrupts the sleep of the other, who we fondly call the snoree, the bedroom can become a breeding ground for irritation, frustration and anger. Or to prevent that from happening, couples sometimes choose the option of separate bedrooms. In fact, in a survey done by the National Association of Home Builders, both builders and architects “predicted that more than 60% of custom homes would have dual master bedrooms by 2015.” Couples who deal with snoring and don’t have the luxury of building a custom home with separate master bedrooms are turning their guest rooms or family rooms into what is now often being humorously dubbed “the snoring room.”


Because snoring is often viewed as funny or something that ‘just is’ and to be coped with, many couples don’t even put thought into the possibility of looking for solutions other than separate sleeping arrangements. And actuality, a snoring cure can sometimes be as simple as changing sleeping positions with the aid of a sleep position correcting pillow or by snoring products that can clear nasal passages of congestion.


Let’s face it, snoring and relationships are not good ‘bed partners’ and many of the millions of Americans who are dealing with snoring are also most likely dealing with some upset and negative feelings in their relationship because of the snoring. Instead of moving into separate rooms and giving up the special moments that build more intimacy couples can share at either the end or beginning of the day, ‘cuddle times’ and snuggles in bed, and take the time to discover the reason behind the snoring—from lifestyle choices to sleeping positions to blocked nasal passages to weak throat muscles to sleep apnea—and then seek out options that can eliminate the snoring.


Even if the snoring partner isn’t willing to seek help (which is a poor and inconsiderate decision on their part), there are options that can help the snoree get a good night’s sleep, even in the same bed. One of those options is good quality ear plugs for the snoree (make sure that they have a Noise Reduction Rating (NNR) of at least 30 dB to cut out as much outside noise as possible).


There are also ‘white noise generators’ that play all of the different frequencies of sound as background noise so that snoring doesn’t break the silence and wake the snoree up. 


Whatever options a couple decides to try, it is a given that of the 75 million Americans who snore, a good percentage of them are dealing with the effects of snoring on their relationship. By seeking out snoring remedies, they can eliminate the snoring from their lives along with any negative impact it is having on their partners and their relationship.


Jennifer Ross-Taylor

Snoring Relationship Author



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