If you’ve ever shared a bed with someone who snores, you’ve been through some hell.
While they sleep – not soundly, as such – you stand there wondering what jury would convict if they too suffered the awful din emanating from your bedmate.
Snoring is the worst, for everyone involved. The abuser wakes up to find a sleep-deprived partner, exhausted and angry for lack of decent sleep; the victim knows they can’t help it, being unconscious and all, but they’re resentful anyway.
What causes snoring?
According to the NHS, snoring occurs when “your tongue, mouth, throat, or airways in your nose vibrate when you breathe. It happens because these parts of your body relax and constrict when you sleep.
Being overweight, smoking and drinking alcohol are also all major culprits that could lead to snoring, so it’s worth reducing your intake where you can. Sleeping on your back also increases the chances of making noises like a baby elephant sleeping all night.
Are there medical reasons behind snoring?
An underlying condition such as sleep apnea (when your airways are temporarily blocked) could also be the cause. It is therefore useful to consult a specialist to determine if you suffer from it.
In extreme cases you can resort to surgery as a solution for snoring, but be warned: it’s not widely available on the NHS, it’s not always successful and there’s no guarantee it’ll work at all. long term.
How to stop someone from snoring?
Dr. Karina Patel, of The London Sleep Center, explains: “Snoring has many facets – it can be nasal or oral. If it’s nasal we can use a nasal spray such as Xlear (we recommend this as a first step to 70% of our patients as it opens up the airways – we know if it will work within 10 minutes). We also use nasal strips or cones to help open the nose.
Sleeping on your side helps dampen snoring noises when the airways open up a bit more. It’s time to use Ross Gellar’s famous Hug ‘n’ Roll technique.
Divorce is one of the most extreme anti-snoring devices out there, but there are plenty of gadgets to try out before asking for an outright decree. We’ve rounded up some of the strongest options to help you have a quiet night’s sleep.
See our favorite anti-snoring remedies below
Beurer Snore SL 60 Mask
Being disturbed outside of deep REM sleep can help interrupt snoring, as any frustrated partner will attest. Instead of “accidentally” kicking them or waking you up by moving them to the side, this smart sleep mask will disturb you (slightly). It will differentiate between general nighttime noises and your snoring and help stop the nose by using vibrations to open the airways. It will even monitor and record the snorer’s nocturnal rumbles for fascinating data (like the number of snores per hour) to read while you brush your teeth.
The battery-powered technology is machine washable, so you’ll have no trouble keeping it fresh. Best used with the free “Beurer SleepQuiet” app. It’s expensive, but if it works for you, it’s priceless.
Buy now £105.00, very
Xlear natural nasal spray
Dust and allergies can irritate the sinuses and cause snoring in some people. Xlear is a saline-based nasal spray, which can be used in each nostril at night to help clear the airways before bedtime.
One of the ingredients is xylitol, which has been shown to have antibacterial properties, which is great when fighting allergies or viruses. It’s drug-free and safe to use every day; no wonder it is so successful across the Atlantic.
Buy now £9.95, Amazon
Silentnight Luxury Quilted Anti-Snore Pillow
When it comes to snoring, it’s not so much the aggressor, but rather the person lying next to them who suffers: a study by Silentnight and the University of Leeds found that 40% of Britons cannot not sleep because of their partner’s snoring. That’s why the sleep expert designed this anti-snoring pillow, designed to provide a decent sleep – for everyone.
Tested by the British Snoring & Sleep Apnea Association (who found the design reduced snoring frequency and volume by approximately 50%), the pillow features an ergonomic foam layer to aid the airway and help to breathe with the DuPont fibers making up the rest of the filling.
Plus, it’s hypoallergenic so there’s nothing in the construction to trigger allergies. A soft quilted blanket gives everything a dreamy feel and look.
Buy now £18.83, Amazon
Kally Sleep The anti-snoring pillow
Found to reduce the frequency and volume of snoring by approximately 60% by the British Sleep Apnea Association, the Kally Sleep Anti Snore Pillow uses an S-shaped layer of foam in the core to support the head and neck in a way that encourages better breathing. It is a medium level of firmness and the fibers used in its creation are anti-allergic to help ward off bacteria. One for side and back sleepers.
Buy now £29.99, Sleep Kally
mute nasal dilator
Mute focuses on the nasal passage as the prime suspect in the war on snoring. No prescription required, this soft design sits inside the nose, helping to keep the passageways open, air flowing – and mouth breathing (ergo: snoring) a thing of the past.
The U-shaped gadget is made from soft, flexible plastic that you won’t feel at all when inserted correctly. Although they are adjustable (to a point), there are three sizes to choose from, small, medium and large. If you’re not sure which fit is right for you, the Trial Pack gives you all three to test out on the road before you find your favorite Goldilocks.
Buy now £12.99, Boots
EarHub Premium soft foam earplugs
If you only need an occasional noise-canceling solution – say for birthday parties or those weird weekends where your noisy partner has had one too many – earplugs may be the answer. Perfect for when your snorer can forget or doesn’t want to bother with dilators and nostril sprays.
Protect your precious sleep with EarHub’s silicone earplugs that can shut out 33 decibels of background noise. As they are made of plastic, they can be cleaned and reused. Once you’re done with them, they can be recycled with a TerraCycle® Zero Waste Box.
£4.99 for 10 pairs.
Buy now £4.99, Boots
BOSE Sleepbuds II White
The Personal Electric Company has a high-tech alternative to the humble earplug. Working with the Bose Sleep app, select relaxing, noise-masking sounds to help you drift off to sleep. Don’t worry about them slipping off at night – the little buds are fitted with super grippy (yet comfortable) silicone to keep things in place. Battery life lasts 10 hours and the carrying case can do three full charges, which is great if you need it on an overnight visit.
Buy now £169.00, curries