For some couples, relationship problems stem from an ex, tensions with one partner’s family, differences in child rearing or lack of shared interests. For my husband and I, snoring has been the third party in our relationship.
I’m an exceptionally light sleeper and need everything to be just so for a good night’s sleep – comfy pillow, darkness, duvet and silence. First three, no issues at all. The silence? Not so much. My husband snores like a freight train. Interestingly, so does my sister’s man, but somehow, especially if she falls asleep before him, she isn’t at all disturbed by it. For me, however, it’s been a nightmare. For years, I have simply kicked him and he’s turned over onto his side, stopping for a few hours which has been enough for me to get some shut-eye. If he drinks to much, he knows he’s in the guest room because then he snores in every position.
Recently, though, these solutions are no longer working for us. I am pregnant and exhausted. I work all day and I need my sleep at night desperately. To look for a better solution we turned to the internet, of course. A search for “How to stop snoring” produced a raft of advice we had tried in the past: sleep on your side with tennis balls attached to your back (lasted less than a week), lose some weight (he’s a runner – nothing left to shed!), sort out your hayfever (nasal spray, two sniffs each side every night). Just as we were getting a bit despondent, we came across SnoreMeds. It seemed so simple: a mouthpiece that promised to stop you from snoring from the first night, that can be moulded to your mouth at home and that didn’t cost the earth. Worth a try, we agreed, and clicked add to cart.