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How do you handle a snoring roommate?

Topic: Roommates | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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I actually had to deal with this problem. I am a very light sleeper, and I could hear my roommate snoring loudly in the next room. I became miserable because I wasn't getting any sleep at night. So, what I decided to do was purchase a really good pair or earplugs (you can find them at most drug stores and WalMart). Then, on days when I had to wake up early, I would place my cell phone under my pillow at night and set the alarm to go off on vibration mode. This way, I did not oversleep for class and I was able to get some peaceful sleep!

Answered by: Upallnight I. | about 4 years ago
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I had a snoring roommate freshman year. There were a number of ways that I dealt with him. One way was to keep a fan in my room and when he got to loud I just turned it on and tried to drown him out. Another thing that worked now and then was pushing him while he slept and he would roll over and stop snoring. It never came to this point for me, but you could try to buy him a method that will stop his snoring and have him take it. Also, earplugs are pretty cheap.

Answered by: Hirise5190 G. | about 4 years ago
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I used to have a roommate who snored really badly. One thing you can do is try to fall asleep before your roommate. If this isn't possible, you can invest in ear plugs. Ear plugs will probably drown out the sound of the snoring so you can sleep. Another option is to listen to your MP3 player before you sleep so it can drown the sound.

Answered by: Lanig91 B. | about 4 years ago
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Earplugs! If it's really hard, and you can adjust your sleeping time, maybe it's best to study when he's asleep and sleep after classes. Also, a nice loud fan might be able to drown out snoring.

Answered by: Dream Scaper X. | about 4 years ago
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First, mention it to your roommate. Some medical issues can cause snoring, and if that's the case, you'll both sleep better if it's taken care of. Otherwise, try a good set of earplugs.

Answered by: Larua46 L. | about 4 years ago
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You should definitely let your roommate know he (or she) is snoring too loudly for you to sleep. Chances are they've been told they snore before, but some people are really not aware of it. It's not usually something people can will to stop though, as there is usually a medical problem going on. After looking into surgery and all kinds of other major and expensive interventions for my college-age son, I had him try breathe-right strips. They cut down on his snoring significantly, and there are generic versions that are less expensive. If you ask nicely, maybe your roommate will give them a try.

Answered by: dthomas | about 1 year ago
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First, try earplugs. Personally, snoring won't wake me up but if someone is snoring when I'm trying to go to sleep, then it is a problem, so I would try to go to bed before this person. If neither of these things help, talk to them, they might not know they have a snoring problem and it could be good for them to have it checked out. If you're on good terms, gently wake the person up, tell 'em to roll over and they should stop snoring at least for a bit. If all else fails, transfer rooms.

Answered by: Toocool Z. | about 4 years ago
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Earplugs! If it's really hard, and you can adjust your sleeping time, maybe it's best to study when he's asleep and sleep after classes. Also, a nice loud fan might be able to drown out snoring.

Answered by: Dream Scaper X. | about 4 years ago
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First, try earplugs. Personally, snoring won't wake me up but if someone is snoring when I'm trying to go to sleep, then it is a problem, so I would try to go to bed before this person. If neither of these things help, talk to them, they might not know they have a snoring problem and it could be good for them to have it checked out. If you're on good terms, gently wake the person up, tell 'em to roll over and they should stop snoring at least for a bit. If all else fails, transfer rooms.

Answered by: Toocool Z. | about 4 years ago
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First, mention it to your roommate. Some medical issues can cause snoring, and if that's the case, you'll both sleep better if it's taken care of. Otherwise, try a good set of earplugs.

Answered by: Larua46 L. | about 4 years ago
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Talk with the roommate about his snoring and suggest that he work on remedying the situation. Other than that, you could always wear earplugs when you sleep. If you wish to save money, just cover your head with a pillow.

Answered by: Macho Man C. | about 4 years ago
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I would grab a pair of headphones and put them in while I sleep. Another alternative would be to try to get to sleep before they do. Maybe you could try telling your roommate- I'm sure they'd be willing to try some sort of snoring remedy... If it becomes too much of a problem, you should speak to your RA and try to get your roommate changed.

Answered by: Brittanycalla X. | about 4 years ago
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Try investing in some really good and comfortable earplugs. Another thing you could do is try to sleep before your roommate does to avoid the snoring. Otherwise, the last resort may be to move out and live elsewhere.

Answered by: Chaniel K. | about 4 years ago
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Earbuds! From experience, over time you will get used to your roommate's snoring. Try going to sleep before your roommate, or make sure you are really, truly sleepy, before you go to sleep. You might be lying awake because you really are just awake and not ready to fall asleep. Reading a really boring text (I'm sure there are no lack of them in college) might help you in falling asleep.

Answered by: Ktownmeh O. | about 4 years ago
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Try to get a fan to drown out the noise. You can also try listening to your ipod to fall asleep. There is always the simple solution of buying earplugs.

Answered by: Era O. | about 4 years ago
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I recommend ear plugs that conform to just inside your inner ear. You could use those, or another way to block out the noise would be to listen to an iPod as you fall asleep.

Answered by: Jena Mae M. | about 4 years ago
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If you feel comfortable, you can first discuss the issue with your roommate. Chances are, she or he has no idea that they snore! They may be embarrassed. If you don't want want to talk about it with them directly, just buy earplugs. Most ear plugs will easily drown out the sound of a snoring roommate.

Answered by: Mighty Spidey L. | about 4 years ago
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There are several ways to deal with a snoring roommate. Although you may live with this person, approaching them on a sensitive subject may upset them, so remember to handle this with tact and sensitivity. One suggestion is to try playing soft music or 'whitenoise'. You could use your iPod or a radio beside the bed. This may help to drown out the sound, If that doesn't work, try earplugs. If you would rather not just block it out, try talking to your roomate about the problem. You may suggest things he/she could do to help with the snoring, such as BreathRite strips, or sprays.

Answered by: Ladyphenom7 S. | about 4 years ago
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First tell your roommate that they snore. They may not not and it should be something that they check out with the doctor. But as far as getting a good night's rest is concerned, consider getting something to cover your ears so that you can still hear alarms if you need to but will block out the sound from your roommate. You can also try to go to sleep first so that you won't hear him when he starts. Another option is to divide the room in a way that will keep you guys as far as possible away from each other when sleeping.

Answered by: Phrisch Later A. | about 4 years ago
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How I would handle a snoring roommate is with earplugs! Or I would just listen to music in my headphones to block out the noise as much as possible. If you just want entire quietness, and if you are entirely comfortable with speaking about it to your roommate I would suggest you talk to your roommate about it. Maybe recommend they use those breathright strips that would help them breathe better and reduce the snoring.

Answered by: Phrisch Later A. | about 4 years ago
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Talk to your roommate. Let them know that their snoring is affecting your sleep. Ask them if they mind using breathing strips or some other remedy. It isn't something they can really help. If you do not know your roommate very well, you can always buy some earplugs. Just be polite.

Answered by: Allgrw P. | about 4 years ago
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From my own experience I purchased noise cancelling headphones. Not only will these come in handy with the snoring but they can also be effective if there is a party going on and you want to sleep. They can be expensive so you can always buy cheap foam earplugs.

Answered by: Cutie D. | about 4 years ago
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Try investing in some really good and comfortable earplugs. Another thing you could do is try to sleep before your roommate does to avoid the snoring. Otherwise, the last resort may be to move out and live elsewhere.

Answered by: Chaniel K. | about 4 years ago
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Earbuds! From experience, over time you will get used to your roommate's snoring. Try going to sleep before your roommate, or make sure you are really, truly sleepy, before you go to sleep. You might be lying awake because you really are just awake and not ready to fall asleep. Reading a really boring text (I'm sure there are no lack of them in college) might help you in falling asleep.

Answered by: Ktownmeh O. | about 4 years ago
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Well, you could talk to your roommate about the problem. If you do this though, you might want to make sure you aren't snoring too. Just let your roommate know that their snoring bothers you and suggest a product that might help. If they won't take your advice, just invest in a nice pair of earplugs.

Answered by: Jen B. | about 4 years ago
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I would first put on some music in order to not hear their snoring. I would also suggest maybe investing in some ear plugs if this is a real problem. Asking your roomate to shut their door may help as well. If you live in the same room with your roomate I think the ear plugs would be your best option.

Answered by: Momtrying2makeit Z. | about 4 years ago
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You can always use ear plugs, but you might want to mention something to your roommate and see if they would be willing to try anything to manage their snoring. There are some over the counter products that are supposed to help with snoring or sleeping on your side is supposed to help. They may even want to consult with a medical doctor. If none of these options work, then you may want to talk to your RA and see if other roommate arrangements can be made. Especially, if your lack of sleep from their snoring is affecting your academic performance.

Answered by: Staceylou M. | about 4 years ago
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Speak directly to the snoring roommate if you must. Offer various products that the roommate might be able to use when sleeping to reduce the snoring. Otherwise you can buy earplugs for yourself of cover your head with a pillow.

Answered by: Docta W. | about 4 years ago
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You can speak to him/her about her snoring and see if he/she is willing to change some nightly habits which may be the cause of the snoring. Also, there are many things you can find on the internet and in your neighborhood phamarcy/Walmart which promise to relieve snoring (one is a bandaid-like thing which goes on the nose). These are cheap and tend to work very well, so ask your roomate if he/she would be willing to try one. If you find it too expensive, ask your roomate if he/she would be willing to split the costs. If this fails, all that's left is for one of you to leave or to get separate rooms.

Answered by: Mayell U. | about 4 years ago
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Gently break it to them that their snoring is disruptive, and encourage them to do something about it. Suggest that they pay a visit to their physician to discuss potential health risks for snoring. As in some cases snoring can be a sign of something more serious.

Answered by: Ladymae123 I. | about 4 years ago
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This is a tough one to handle. First try getting to bed before that person falls asleep. Next, you could give them Breathe Right strips for Christmas. These usually help hold the breathing passages open at night. You might also consider asking them to get professional help from a doctor. What ever you do, do not place a pillow over their head while they are asleep (they could suffocate). Also, try sleeping in shifts and with ear plugs/headphones.

Answered by: Dantheman50 L. | about 4 years ago
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There are plenty of products that help a person stop snoring. You could either purchase one of these products for him/her if the person agrees to use it. Or, you could sleep with noise canceling earplugs. You could also suggest that he/she consult a doctor about the problem because they could be suffering from sleep apnea.

Answered by: Red Y. | about 4 years ago
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Unless you and your roommate are pretty good friends I don't think there is much that you can do. If the snoring is keeping you from sleeping I would invest in a good pair of earplugs. You can also try and fall asleep with music playing in your headphones. If your roommate is friendly with you maybe you can suggest they try some of those nose strips that are supposed to reduce snoring. Trying to reduce the sound on your end is probably your best bet though. You can also try and ask one of the staff members for Residential life if they have any suggestions.

Answered by: Cookiemonster K. | about 4 years ago
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Some people find that using ear plugs provides enough 'quiet' that they can cope with a snorer. Others choose what is known as white noise. This could be as simple as a portable fan or some other steady, low humming appliance such as an air purifier. Others invest in a sound machine that lets you choose rain, pounding surf or some other constant soothing sound. If all else fails, ask for a re-assignment and hopefully a quieter roommate.

Answered by: Jane Sparks U. | about 4 years ago
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This is a difficult situation that I, too, had to handle my first year of school. Obviously, there is nothing that can be done since the person can't always help their snoring but the approach I made was to talk about it. My roomie tried a few different approaches but nothing helped. I ended up telling my RA that I needed a switch and one was made. There wasn't any problem because we talked about it and are still friends to day. The best thing I can say is talk about it.

Answered by: Lmukeeper O. | about 4 years ago
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Talk with the roommate about his snoring and suggest that he work on remedying the situation. Other than that, you could always wear earplugs when you sleep. If you wish to save money, just cover your head with a pillow.

Answered by: Macho Man C. | about 4 years ago
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I would grab a pair of headphones and put them in while I sleep. Another alternative would be to try to get to sleep before they do. Maybe you could try telling your roommate- I'm sure they'd be willing to try some sort of snoring remedy... If it becomes too much of a problem, you should speak to your RA and try to get your roommate changed.

Answered by: Brittanycalla X. | about 4 years ago
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Try to get a fan to drown out the noise. You can also try listening to your ipod to fall asleep. There is always the simple solution of buying earplugs.

Answered by: Era O. | about 4 years ago
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Snoring is not a big problem we can manage it up to some extent and we should take care to sleep earlier before the person snoring would fall to sleep, we should maintain a distance with him and should sleep sidewards.

Answered by: Goujdas Z. | about 4 years ago
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A snoring roommate can be one of the most annoying thing when trying to sleep. It is something you can get used to over time though. With in a week of noticing my roommate snoring habit I had completely stopped noticing it. You could also ask your roommate to use nasal strips to minimize the noise. But believe me you will get used to it over time.

Answered by: Thomas Clips W. | about 4 years ago
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Having a snoring roommate can be very annoying but it is something you may get used to. You may want to change roommate but I would have that be a final choice. You can see if your roommate would try nasal strips to stop the snoring. Snoring is just something people do you may even do it yourself but you can get used to it. I would let it be for a bit to see if you don't notice it anymore.

Answered by: Thomas Clips W. | about 4 years ago
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