January 17, 2017 2 min read

Every person has that one annoying quirk or habit that may seem like a deal breaker. Most successful relationships are built upon the idea of looking past those and other imperfections and focusing on the other partner's good qualities instead. This "Lovey Dovey" couple has the right idea!

However, there are some instances wherein that little quirk can slowly and constantly gnaw on the stability of a relationship. One partner may choose to ignore those little, seemingly inconsequential things while the other partner suffers in silence. One good example of that is snoring.

Since time immemorial, snoring has become the bane of men and their partners. Biologically, men are prone to heavier sleeping while women tend to sleep considerably lighter, most probably due to their primary responsibility of caring for the young and the family. Any way you look at it, that is one bad combination.

The unmistakeable sound that snorers make is the result of the vibration of the soft tissue found in the head and neck while a person sleeps. Factors like obesity, smoking and drinking alcoholic drinks increase the risk of snoring. In most cases, snoring is just a symptom of a bigger problem, like obstructive sleep apnea.

Snorers have been known to be excessively sleepy during the daytime even if they think that they had adequate hours of sleep the previous night. When this happens, their ability to perform tasks at work is severely hampered and can endanger the wellbeing of those around them.

However, snoring is not just a problem that the patient suffers. When he or she is in a relationship, the other partner also suffers. It is not uncommon for one partner to sleep on another bed or even on the couch in another room just so he or she can sleep better. While this can lead to better quality of sleep, the quality of the relationship may slowly dip, particularly in the area of intimacy.

For most couples, the bedroom is their sanctuary away from the demands of their professional and home life. It is the place where couples thresh things out and look for solutions and, of course, celebrate the gift of partnership. All of these are forgone when one partner needs to sleep in a separate room.

Fortunately, couples do not have to play hapless victims to a snoring problem. Sleepless needs can indeed become great mornings. The person suffering from snoring can modify his or her lifestyle by quitting smoking and drinking alcohol and trying to lose excess weight. He or she may also use a snore mouthpiece to take control of his or her snoring.

The right mouthpiece can prove to be a viable alternative to other devices available in the market, or even for surgery which may be costly, have poor success rates, or even have adverse long term effects. By taking a pro-active approach toward your snoring problem, you'll be able to overcome the ill effects of your condition and even improve your relationship.

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