STOP SNORING WEEK • Day 1

The bedroom battleground: Four in ten snorers argue with their partner over the noise while a quarter don’t even share a bed.

The latest figures show that around a quarter of women and four in ten men are frequent snorers, although nearly half of all people snore occasionally.

A new survey of 1,134 snorers and their partners, conducted to mark National Stop Snoring Week, found that 27 per cent of people are regularly left feeling grouchy, 21 per cent constantly feel tired, and 16 per cent are less productive as a result of snoring.

More than a half of respondents said they had never tried anything to tackle the problem.

 Some 41% of snorers engage in regular night-time tussles with partners

 More than half of people have never tried anything to tackle the problem

 Around one quarter of women and four in ten men are frequent snorers

Bedtime should be a blissful part of any happy couple’s day and the bedroom a safe haven where partners snuggle up before drifting into a peaceful night’s sleep.However, for many couples, it has become a battleground and the site of a nightly war with a single cause: SNORING.

A new study has found that 41 per cent of snorers engage in regular nightly disagreements with their partners. They are usually woken up by an annoying whistle, wheeze or snort and the annoyed party will attempt to shift their partner from on their back onto their side to help ease the noise. Others find even a shove or dig in the ribs does not work and so 28 per cent regularly resort to sleeping in another room to get some sleep.

Snoring can be caused by a number of factors.

Dr Chris Idzikowski, Director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre, said: ‘Snoring can greatly impact sleep quality which may eventually lead to more serious health problems.

‘To ensure couples maintain the intimacy of their relationship and prevent snoring from getting in the way of a good night’s sleep, it is important that both the snorer and the partner work together to find a solution.

‘If you or your partner snore then there’s a variety of simple things you can do to manage the condition such as sleeping on your front or side, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding alcohol late at night.

‘While there is no cure for snoring, it can be controlled so it may also be worth discussing options such as mouth guards.’
By John Redfern