That’s the case for snoring rooms, which are being promoted as a must-have feature for modern homes. But there are many reasons not to include a snoring room on your house wish list.
They Probably Don’t Work
The ostensible rationale for a snoring room is that it’s another room that you can move to in the middle of the night when your partner is snoring. To serve that purpose well, they have to be near the main bedroom, otherwise you’d be just as well off to move to the couch or to a guest room.
The problem is, though, that if your partner snores loud enough to wake you and sent you to another room, you can probably still hear their snoring in a snoring room.
This is, of course, different if the house you’re looking at has an actual “snoratorium.” A snoratorium is kind of like a panic room, but for sound. It’s reinforced to keep sound from penetrating the room, so it might actually provide a refuge from snoring (and also for traffic noise, airplanes, gardeners using power tools, and other household nuisances that can keep you awake or wake you up at an unwanted hour.
They’re an Unnecessary Expense
Another aspect of the snoring room that makes them impractical is that they have to be outfitted with many features of your master bedroom. This includes having a bed that’s as durable and comfortable as your master bed, and anything you might need right when waking up.
This expense of furnishing and equipping this room is really wasted money. A comparable space could be put to much better use as a hobby room or home office. Even a guest room can be a better choice for the space.
They Encourage You to Run Away from the Problem
If your partner has such a serious snoring problem that you’re looking at houses with snoring rooms, this isn’t something you should be ignoring. Instead, it should be something you’re treating, for many reasons.
First, the snoring partner is having their sleep disrupted as much as (or more than) the nonsnoring partner. Snoring is a sign of oxygen deprivation during sleep, and even if they look like they’re peacefully asleep, their body is likely suffering the effects. They may even be suffering from sleep apnea, where they are essentially being choked in their sleep by their own throat.
Second, snoring represents a serious health danger, especially if it’s related to sleep apnea. Snoring is associated with cavities, coronary artery disease, stroke, and falling asleep at the wheel–already a serious-enough danger if you’re driving into NYC. Sleep apnea adds more serious heart risks, cancer risks, and dementia risks.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it establishes a model in which you resolve problems by simply avoiding them. Once a relationship starts working on this conflict resolution model, it can be hard to work your way back to more productive conflict resolution approaches. As a deeper and deeper rift develops in the relationship, there’s no place to go but apart.
Snoring Solutions Are Available
Why would you invest in a snoring room when you have the option of actually treating snoring for good? Imagine, both of you can get deep, restful, and, above all, quiet sleep. The solution is easy: first a sleep test to determine whether the snorer has sleep apnea. This test can be taken at home and is minimally invasive, so there’s no need for a disruptive visit to a sleep lab.
Then the snorer can be fitted with an oral appliance, similar to a sports mouthguard, that can be worn at night to hold the jaw position in a healthier position that eliminates snoring.
If you are looking for a snoring solution in Westchester County that is cost-effective, comfortable, and convenient, please call (914) 526-2144 today for an appointment with a sleep dentist at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake.