As I sit up, late at night, I listen. I hear outside noises (outside the bedroom and outside the house) and I hear my wife (Josie) in bed, snoring, and then I go to sleep. If I go to sleep while she’s still awake, she won’t be able to sleep. My snoring keeps her awake. When she snores, it has the opposite effect on me. It puts me to sleep.
If you search online, you can find a lot of reasons for snoring. Here’s what I get near the top of the search results:
Long soft palate and/or uvula: A long soft palate or a long uvula (the dangling tissue in back of the mouth) can narrow the opening from the nose to the throat. When these structures vibrate and bump against one another the airway becomes obstructed, causing snoring.
Okay, so why does it happen? Well, I don’t know, and I don’t think the health professionals do either. They tell us to make lifestyle changes, but what if those lifestyle changes don’t do anything?
Again, if you search for it, you can find a ton of advice. Here’s what I get near the top of the search results for “snoring cure”:
Lifestyle changes to stop snoring
Lose weight. …
Exercise can also help to stop snoring. …
Quit smoking. …
Avoid alcohol, sleeping pills, and sedatives because they relax the muscles in the throat and interfere with breathing. …
Establish regular sleep patterns.
And here’s what I get for “snoring cures” (plural):
Closed-mouth snoring may indicate a problem with your tongue. Open-mouth snoring may be related to the tissues in your throat. Snoring when sleeping on your back is probably mild snoring - improved sleep habits and lifestyle changes may be effective cures.
In all of my years of life, I have never met anyone who didn’t snore at one time or another. Some people snore louder than others, and that’s when the problems surface.
Unless I snore so loud that it rocks the windows and doors, no one bothers me about it. As I said, Josie won’t be able to sleep if I go to sleep before she does. If it becomes an issue, I usually have another place to sleep. I can’t sleep if there’s a lot of noise around me (like a blaring TV), but Josie puts me to sleep when she snores. I guess she snores at the perfect volume (for me).
Josie wakes up at night sometimes, for whatever reason. If I’m making too much noise, she’ll elbow me or kick me until I stop. I usually stop long enough for her to go back to sleep. Instead of trying to find out how to stop it, we’ve found a way to live with it. Finding a cure for the cause, for either of us, really isn’t worth the effort. If it becomes a serious health issue, then we’ll probably put more effort into taking care of the problem.
I don’t know about other people, but I don’t really get a good night’s sleep unless I snore. If my throat feels dry in the morning, I feel completely rested.