How to Drown Out Snoring so you can Fall Asleep.

Falling asleep while someone else in the room (or even down the hall from you) is snoring can be difficult.  Wheather it is your partner, spouse, roommate, brother, sister, or even your old dog, there is a way to help drown out the sounds of their snoring so that you can fall asleep peacefully.

Almost everyone snores at some point or another.  An obstruction of the nasal passages often causes snoring.  Some causes of this obstruction are a deviation of the nasal septum, allergies, sinus infections, swelling of the turbinates, or large tonsils.  Sleep position can also cause snoring.  When lying on the back, gravity can pull the palate, tonsils, and tongue backwards enough to narrow the airway and cause snoring.  In addition, some medications and alcohol can relax the muscles enough to collapse the airway which can cause snoring.  Sometimes, snoring can be a warning sign for a more serious problem such as sleep apnea or a sleep disorder. Often times the snoring is benign for the snorer but a more significant problem for their partner or others in the room who can’t fall asleep due to their loud snoring.

An easy way to solve the snoring problem is to mask it with a white noise app such as “Deep Sleep Sounds“.  More specifically, the “Brown Noise” sound seems to play at just the right frequency to drown out the snoring while lulling me to sleep.  I found that playing the brown noise over an external speaker with more bass hits the low notes just right to hide the sound of my partner snoring at night.  I connect my iPhone directly to an older Bose radio but one of the newer external speakers with bluetooth or AirPlay will work just fine.  When we travel and stay in a hotel, I bring my iPad with me and play the “Brown Noise” directly from there.

I introduced “Deep Sleep Sounds” to a friend who has a similar problem, both her husband and dog snore loudly.  She put in a pair of soft ear buds (bedphones) and played distant thunder and the next thing she knew it was morning already.  The next night she tried it with just the iPhone internal speaker and used the Fan sound and she swears that even the dog slept better that night.

If you’re having trouble falling asleep due to someone else snoring I recommend you try out “Deep Sleep Sounds” with the Brown Noise, Distant Thunder, Fan or one of their other sounds and see if it works for you.  I wish I had found this app sooner.  It’s helped me fall asleep faster and given me the deepest sleep I’ve had in years.