Sleep Scientists Say Sleeping Apart Due To Snoring Could Improve Relationships

New research shows that when couples move into separate rooms due to one, or both, individuals snoring, it can lead to the two being more well rested and happier, improving the overall relationship. 

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A leading sleep scientist has claimed that when couples sleep in separate rooms due to one or both partners snoring, it can improve their overall relationship due to them being more well rested. 

According to Russell Foster, a professor of circadian neuroscience at the University of Oxford, and director of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology, when one or both parties in a couple snores, and they make the collective decision to move into separate rooms to sleep, it can mark the “beginning of a new relationship for them,” where they’re both well rested, and likely, happier overall. 

Foster recently delivered a lecture at the Hay Festival where he discussed his findings as well as the benefits that couples have found when they sleep in separate rooms due to snoring and other troubles with one, or both, of their sleeping patterns.

“It’s the beginning of a new relationship where both of you ideally would be happier, more responsive to each other, less impulsive, less irritable, so I don’t think you should be afraid to sleep in an alternative sleeping space if you have one.”

Foster also discussed that many couples have tried earplugs as a solution, and often view it as the only thing that can help both of their sleep schedules. 

“A lot of people sidle up to me, usually on their own, and say, ‘What can I do? Earplugs don’t work.’ If it’s just snoring, what do you do? Well, you sleep in another place. So many people say, ‘I slept with my partner for 50 years, it’s the end of our relationship,’” Foster explained

Foster also discussed from a medical standpoint, it’s important that if any individual snores when they sleep, especially if they’re older, they should get checked out by a medical professional to make sure there’s no underlying issue that could be serious, and/or impact their breathing in general.

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“It’s important to visit a doctor to make sure snorers do not have obstructive sleep apnea, or other medical issues, which is one of the most common causes of snoring and can be dangerous if left untreated.”

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Foster also offered some other general tips to help individuals sleep better. One of the biggest tips he discussed was to delete any sleeping apps from phones, as well as sleep tracking technology.

He explained that these apps and services can cause the individual to become too hyper focused on their sleep schedules, creating a level of anxiety around getting enough sleep. 

“Don’t take sleep apps seriously. They are useless. They’re OK to tell you roughly when you went to sleep, if you woke up in the night and when you finally got up. But when they start saying, ‘You had a good night’s sleep, you got lots of REM sleep’, it’s just nonsense,” he said.

He also explained that waking up to the morning light is important for your body’s overall circadian rhythm, “or body clock.” The body responds to light naturally, so increasing the amount one is exposed to, especially in the morning, can be beneficial. 

Getting outside consistently throughout the day is also important for the body overall, as it keeps us more alert, and keeps our overall routine in check.