Keep it Quiet

Loud Snoring

It isn’t an uncommon occurrence. You check into your hotel, get settled in for the night, lay your head on the pillow and begin to doze off. Then it happens. You hear a loud, obnoxious noise from the snorer in the next room. The snoring is so loud that you can nearly feel the vibration through the wall, and covering your ears with your pillow isn’t helping. The biggest problem is that there isn’t much you can do about it unless you get a different room.

But one hotel chain came up with a way for people to get a good night’s sleep despite the snorers. They now have a Snore Patrol that walks the halls of the “quiet zone” rooms listening for loud snoring. When they hear the clamoring of loud snoring, they give a polite knock on the door to wake the snorer in hopes that he or she will be a bit more quiet when they return to their slumber. If the noise persists, the snorer is moved to a room outside of the quiet zone.

Although this bit of news is entertaining, snoring is a serious matter. Not only does the snorer lose sleep over being awakened repeated through the night, but it can be symptom of sleep apnea. During sleep, the muscles in the throat relax, allowing the soft tissues in the mouth and throat to vibrate, causing the snoring noise. At times, the collapse can be severe enough to make the sleeper stop breathing, so he or she wakes up and changes position in order to breathe again. The problem is that some people simply don’t wake up. So it is important to consult with your doctor if you have a snoring problem.

Be sure to educate yourself on the causes of snoring and find ways to keep your nights quiet. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to post them here so we can all learn together.