Couples across South Devon are being urged to get a pair of earplugs to help their relationship.
To mark National Stop Snoring Week (24-28 April), a Specsavers survey shows that 87 percent of people have admitted that their partner’s snoring stops them from enjoying a well-earned rest at night, leaving them feeling annoyed (46 percent) frustrated (45 percent) and even stressed out (28 percent).
It’s a widespread problem, with 91 percent of people saying that they or their partner regularly snores, and most say their noisy partner wakes them at least twice a night. As a result, nearly a quarter (24 percent) said their partner’s snoring leaves them unable to concentrate at work the following day.
With nearly one in 10 people having even considered splitting up due to the night-time disturbance, audiology experts at Specsavers are reminding people that one simple device could save all this hardship – the ear plug.
Gordon Harrison, Specsavers chief audiologist, said: ‘This research shows the significant impact that being exposed to snoring can have on your sleep and your general health and wellbeing.
‘There’s no doubt that some snoring can cause considerable disruption, but it will sound even louder because there are no other ambient, background noises in the room. All you can hear is the snoring, which can be incredibly frustrating and stressful.
‘If you are struggling to get a peaceful night’s sleep, there are some easy solutions. Earplugs are a great way to block out any noise that may be keeping you up, and they should feel comfortable in your ears, no matter how you sleep.
‘Not only can they help with snoring, but they can block out any other noise that may be keeping you up, such as noisy neighbours, busy streets and loud traffic.’
The effects of snoring to the snorer and their partner are wide-ranging and could be much more common that we thought. According to the Specsavers data, the average person can lose up to 414 hours of sleep every year (17 days) – which is 68 minutes of lost sleep per night.
Almost half (48 percent) of people believe that their hearing may have even been damaged by snoring. As a result, a fifth (22 percent) say they are going to wear earplugs in the future or get a hearing test (21 percent).
Many of those kept awake take matters into their own hands and try to combat snoring, with 49% admitting to elbowing their partner, 44% rolling them over, and 42% giving them a gentle kick to make them stop.
For anyone seeking a peaceful night, go online at https://www.specsavers.co.uk/hearing/hearing-protection for more information.
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