Help! I’m a female foghorn and my snoring is ruining my relationship – Telegraph.co.uk

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Help! I'm A Female Foghorn And My Snoring Is Ruining My Relationship - Telegraph.co.uk

It’s a sad state of affairs when you are dumped in the middle of the night, every night. The circumstances are always the same. First I’ll get a gentle nudge and be politely asked to roll over on to my side.

Help! I'm A Female Foghorn And My Snoring Is Ruining My Relationship - Telegraph.co.uk

Then, after 10 minutes, I’ll be told to “STOP SNORING” and be given a shove. This routine will continue with harder and more frantic pushes, until I hear the exasperated cry: “I can’t live like this, I love you but I NEED to sleep. Stop snoring or move out.”

Help! I'm A Female Foghorn And My Snoring Is Ruining My Relationship - Telegraph.co.uk

It sounds harsh, but after four years of broken sleep, my partner Russell is at his wits’ end – and so am I. I often wake up on the sofa and it’s a nightly routine we’re both desperate to change.

Help! I'm A Female Foghorn And My Snoring Is Ruining My Relationship - Telegraph.co.uk

According to the NHS, snoring is caused by your tongue, mouth, throat or the airways in your nose vibrating as you breathe, as these parts of your body relax and narrow when you’re asleep.

Help! I'm A Female Foghorn And My Snoring Is Ruining My Relationship - Telegraph.co.uk

Stereotypically, we think of snoring being something women put up with, but according to Dr Neil Stanley, independent sleep expert and author of How to Sleep Well (John Wiley), there’s no reason why men should snore more. Female snoring is just more of a taboo.

Help! I'm A Female Foghorn And My Snoring Is Ruining My Relationship - Telegraph.co.uk

The British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association (BSSAA) say 4.5 million women in the UK snore – that’s around one in eight – and it’s on the rise.

Help! I'm A Female Foghorn And My Snoring Is Ruining My Relationship - Telegraph.co.uk

Research on sleep disorders conducted by the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital and published in the journal Sleep Medicine last year, found that while 31 per cent of men snore “hard” three times a week, the figure for women can be as high as 34 per cent, overtaking men for the first time in younger age groups.

Help! I'm A Female Foghorn And My Snoring Is Ruining My Relationship - Telegraph.co.uk

As Prof Bhik Kotecha, a snoring ­specialist and consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon, says: “It was always thought that, thanks to oestrogen, most women’s fat deposits were around the hips, bottom and thighs. But now we’re seeing a trend towards women with fat deposits around the neck, which can cause compression of the airways and snoring.”