Guest post on behalf of Dennies James
Travelling can be a truly magical experience. One you want to be alert and awake to enjoy. If your travelling companion is a snorer, this can greatly affect the quality of your sleep and means you might end up cranky and not enjoying the experience as much as you should. It can also cause resentment, and in extreme cases, lead to you not wanting to travel with the person again.
While we’ve all had some not so nice thoughts about what we’d like to do to a snoring travel companion, try to remember that chances are, your friend doesn’t want to snore any more than you want to hear it. So what can you do to make the experience a better one? Read on for 10 tips to help you get a good night’s sleep despite snoring. You can try these things on their own, or maybe combine two or more of them to really arm yourself against a dreaded snoring travel companion!
GO TO SLEEP BEFORE YOUR COMPANION
It’s funny isn’t it, but it always seems to be that the snorer can fall asleep in seconds while their companions are still struggling hours later. Try going to bed earlier than the snorer, or ask them to read or watch TV for half an hour after you return to your accommodation so you can get to sleep first. If you’re able to get into a deep enough sleep, then chances are the noise won’t wake you up. If it does, then at least you have managed to get some sleep before it happened, which while frustrating, is still better than no sleep at all.
USE A WHITE NOISE MACHINE
A good quality white noise machine can help to block out the sound of snoring, and because the machine is designed to make a regular and non-intrusive noise, this noise won’t stop you falling asleep. They also have the added bonus of drowning out any other noise too, so even if your accommodation is beside a busy road, you won’t be disturbed. Many long suffering spouses swear by them and you can buy travel versions that won’t take up a whole lot of room and weight in your luggage.
LEAVE A TV OR RADIO ON AS YOU’RE FALLING ASLEEP
This works on the same principle as the white noise machine. A background noise can greatly reduce how you perceive the snoring. Somehow, music or even dialogue on a TV show are much less annoying than the awful droning noise a snorer makes.If you can fall asleep easily with the TV or music running in the background, this is a cheaper solution that the white noise machine as you don’t need to buy anything.
USE AN ANTI-SNORE PILLOW
Assuming you don’t have to travel too lightly, an anti-snoring pillow for your companion could be the answer to your prayers. These pillows are designed to keep a person’s head, shoulders and neck correctly aligned to keep airways open which can alleviate the snoring. Many snorers also report a better night’s sleep themselves when using an anti-snoring pillow.
This one sounds obvious, but something as simple as earplugs can work wonders to block out the noise, or at least minimize it. If you find they have a tendency to slip out of your ears during the night, then use a pair of headphones over the top of them, with or without music playing.
BOOK A SUITE OR SEPARATE ROOMS
This one is by far the easiest solution to both of your problems. You will get a good, quiet night of uninterrupted sleep, and your companion won’t have to put up with you being irritable from lack of sleep every day. While this can run expensive in big chain hotels, many B&Bs or smaller boutique hotels offer good rates on single occupancy rooms and suites.
USE THE AIR CON
Ok, this one sounds strange, but it can work. If your companion is lying on their back, this is a big factor in how loud the snoring gets. Of course you could just wake them and tell them to roll over, but if you don’t want a confrontation, then this air con trick can do the same thing.
Turn the air con to a cold setting and wait it out. It will usually take around five to ten minutes for your companion to notice they are feeling a little cold. Rather than wake up, they will most likely roll onto their side and curl into the foetal position to get warm again.If the worst happens and it wakes them up, pretend to be asleep and let them get up and deal with the temperature. You can hopefully fall asleep before they get back into a deep sleep and start snoring again.
THE STRATEGIC COUGH
This trick will only work if your companion is just dozing off. At the first sign of a snore, cough loudly. This will wake them up enough so that you can try and get some sleep yourself. You may need to repeat this trick a few times, but it’s worth a shot to try to keep your companion from snoring long enough for you to fall asleep.
TRY A SLEEPING PILL
This may seem a little drastic, but if you have gone a few nights with little to no sleep, or broken sleep, and you’re ready to try anything, a sleeping pill can put you into a deep enough sleep that the snoring doesn’t wake you up. You don’t have to take a strong pill, a herbal remedy can often be enough to solve the problem.
Trying these methods is a good way to ensure you and your travelling companion both get a good night’s sleep and enjoy your holiday. While some of them might seem a little strange, they’re worth a try, and if they work, you’re winning! And all of these hacks are a better solution than downing so many shots at the bar that you fall into a drunken sleep that you can’t be woken from without an actual earthquake happening around you. Give these tips a go – your liver will thank you for it.
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