The Pros and Cons of Sleeping in Different Rooms
If snoring gets bad enough, otherwise happy couples may soon find themselves sleeping in different rooms – which may either be good or bad, depending on the situation. Every couple is different, and some of them might not suffer quite as much from relocating to different corners of the house.
But that’s not true for everyone. For some people, this could legitimately be a big problem – so it’s really important to discuss the pros and cons before making such a choice.
Believe it or not, there are some benefits to sleeping in separate rooms because of a snoring problem. For one, it will isolate the partners from any snoring that might be taking place, which will help to prevent a loss of sleep (unless the person’s own snoring is going to keep them awake, anyway).
Secondly, sleeping separately may very well help each partner to be more comfortable during the night. There will be no blanket stealing, tossing and turning, etc. Some couples actually thrive because of this upside. Another benefit is that it allows partners on different sleep schedules to ‘do their own thing’ in regard to sleeping. One partner won’t wake the other one up when they come to bed later, and so on.
Another benefit is that it makes habits like late-night movie watching or video-game playing much less of a hassle. You won’t need to be quiet if you’re in your room alone – so that’s a definite plus.
Unfortunately, there is a downside to sleeping in separate rooms. One is the loss of intimacy. While many couples can still remain sexually active to largely the same degree after moving into separate rooms, there’s the ‘cuddle’ factor to take into account. Sleeping together can forge a sort of ‘togetherness’ that might be lost on some couples who choose to sleep separately.
There’s also the fact that not every living situation will allow for this. Some couples, for example, only have one bedroom – which means that one of them will most likely end up on the couch, which isn’t nearly as comfortable.
Also, if both partners are not entirely invested in the idea of sleeping separately, the one who isn’t could see this as rejection, and might have feelings of resentment as a result. Most people want to be desired in their partner’s bed – and being asked to sleep in separate locations might hurt their feelings.
What Are the Alternatives to Sleeping in Different Rooms
One alternative to moving to separate rooms could be to purchase a stop-snoring device. An MAD or something similar could do wonders for your snoring habit – especially if it’s just snoring and not obstructive sleep apnea.
But even for sleep apnea, there are some devices on the market that have been proven to be quite effective. They’re also inexpensive, and definitely not difficult to use.
For the couple who would rather not re-locate to different rooms because of snoring, anti-snoring devices could be the perfect answer to the problem.
Snoring therapies like pills and/or sprays could also work. There are literally dozens of different types of products on the market. A little bit of research might reveal ideas that you never even thought about before!
The main thing to remember is that you should never give up. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. If you don’t want to relocate to different rooms, then it might do you a lot of good to do a little bit of research into stop-snoring devices, just to see what you come up with.