Imagine this: You’ve waited for ages to spend the night with your new husband. Your daydreams have included lots of cuddles, intimate conversations before you drift off to sleep, the caress of his breath on your cheek as he embraces you while you slumber and waking rested next to the love of your life.
Turns out reality is very different because your man is a snorer. Instead of a good night’s sleep in his arms, you have spent the night alternately shoving him into a new position or trying to block the sound by putting your pillow over your head. You’ve awoken feeling exhausted and irritable, certainly not blissfully happy, and you’re already wondering if this could be grounds for annulment. This scenario is all too common for many couples – newly married or just newly snoring - and the roles are reversed more often than you would think, with the wife snoring and disturbing her husband’s slumber.
Snoring can put a strain on even the strongest and most loving of relationships but for some couples, a ‘sleep divorce’ is a simple solution. This is a choice to sleep separately, thus ensuring that neither partner disturbs the other and both can get a good night’s rest. Statistics from all over the world suggest that many married couples are choosing to sleep separately, as outdated an idea as it may seem. In our fast-paced modern lives, sleep is just too essential to forfeit in favour of sharing a bed with someone who snores.