How to Cope with a Snoring Roommate

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How to Cope with a Snoring Roommate

Staff Writer · Aug 12, 2009

Dealing with a snoring roommate is a little more delicate than dealing with a snoring spouse. Although you may not be sharing a room with your roommate, you may not feel close enough to him or her to just tell the snorer he or she has a problem. However, in order to get a good night’s sleep, you’ll have to learn some coping strategies.

Use White Noise

Play some relaxing music or white noise (such as the static of a radio channel not in service) softly near your bed or on your MP3 player while you sleep. The noise will distract you and help soothe you to sleep, but it may not be enough to drown out your snoring roommate entirely.

Adjust Your Sleeping Schedule

Fairly sound sleepers can avoid being disturbed by a snoring roommate by going to sleep first. If you are already sound asleep before your roommate starts snoring, you won’t struggle to fall asleep. If you’re a light sleeper, though, this may not do the trick, as you’ll be awakened by your roommate later on.

Wear Ear Plugs

Look for ear plugs specifically made for nighttime use. You’ll be surprised how much noise is blocked out. There is a caveat, though. You may not be able to hear smoke alarms or your own morning alarm clock. However, some ear plugs, like those made for people who sleep near snorers, soften only the most annoying noises while still letting you hear most sounds.

Get a Soundproof Curtain
Soundproof curtains aren’t just for windows. These versatile soundproofing aids can cover windows, be draped over doors, be hung over walls, be plastered on ceilings and stand on their own as screens. While not a cheap solution, soundproof curtains are among the cheapest of soundproofing materials. Plus, in an apartment, you’ll likely be unable to make permanent changes to the apartment’s foundation, so new doors and windows are not an option.

Tell Your Roommate

You may feel awkward, but there may come a point where the best course of action is to sit your snoring roommate down and tell him or her about the problem. Snoring can be indicative of serious medical problems, so your roommate may benefit from a thorough medical exam to address the problem and make sure nothing more worrisome is the root. Be careful to frame the conversation around concern for your roommate and not just so you can get a good night’s sleep so that your roommate is less likely to be offended.

Getting a good night’s sleep when you live with a snoring roommate can be a difficult task, but there are many ways to cope with the problem. If all else fails, you may have to start looking for another apartment.

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