You’ve finally found the perfect apartment setup, and you couldn’t be happier. It’s got it all – perfect location, reasonable rent, plenty of amenities and parking, even courteous neighbors. And your roommate? Well, he’s also one of a kind – polite, low-key, does the dishes and gainfully employed. Yup, it’s all pretty much a dream come true…that is until it’s time for some actual shuteye. Just as you’re drifting off to sleep you’re jerked awake by the sound of sawing wood…or maybe it’s distant thunder? Nope. With dawning horror, you realize your roommate is a world-class snorer.
Snoring may seem comical, but the grim nightly reality of facing a chronic loud breather is anything but chuckle-worthy. Marriages have even been driven to splitsville over the condition, and given that you and your roommate are pretty far from ‘until death do us part’ it’s easy to see how snoring can become a serious problem within a few short weeks. So what to do?
As with almost every problem that arises with your roommate, communication is the key. Address the problem in a light-hearted way if possible to avoid embarrassing your new friend, but also be sure to reinforce the seriousness of the issue. Oftentimes weight plays a part in snoring issues, so tread carefully on the topic to avoid offending the offender. Alcohol can also play a part, so try to skip those late night martinis in favor of some cold milk before bed.
Of course, other issues such as allergies, head colds and even acid reflux can contribute to the problem as well, so it is possible something as simple as over-the-counter decongestants can solve the snoring quickly. Suggest your roommate consult their physician for advice.
Nasal strips and mouthpieces can work wonders for a snorer, although most sprays (which basically numb the throat) are generally to be avoided. Little tricks like sleeping on your side (versus on your back) can also work wonders. Try meeting your roommate halfway by investing in a ‘white noise’ generator for the apartment; something like a humidifier could be perfect, providing some background noise shielding as well as hydrating those nasal passages!
If absolutely nothings works (and you still want to keep your roommate regardless), invest in a professional pair of earplugs. Many varieties can be found at any typical music store, and while you’re there you might want to consider picking up a few ‘ocean waves’ albums to throw on your IPOD just for good measure, ensuring that your apartment paradise remains that way, even in your dreams.