Surprisingly, many people who snore aren’t aware of that fact, especially if they live and sleep alone. After all, if there is nobody to tell you that you have a snoring problem, how would you know? However, once you start sharing a bed with someone, they will probably point to the fact that you kept them up most of the night with your snoring.
If that someone is a romantic interest, things could get even more complicated. Let’s be honest, no one appreciates a loud snorer beside them, night after night — it can be problematic and embarrassing. Moreover, snoring can be harmful to both the snorer and those sleeping in the same room.
If you aren’t sure whether you snore or not but you don’t want to wait for a special someone to discover that together, there are a few methods that could help you determine if you are a snorer or not.
5 Ways to Determine if You Snore
Don’t have a partner? Don’t fret, we looked at five different ways to determine if you’re a snorer.
1. Ask Someone Who You Share a Room or Bed With
Chances are that you have shared a bed or a room with someone in the past; maybe with a co-worker on a business trip, a sibling, or a friend. Asking them if you snore or not could be an easy way to find out the truth.
However, you should be careful with this method. People are sometimes too polite and they don’t want to hurt your feelings so they might lie and tell you “no”. Instead of helping you, they could just make things more difficult. That’s why it is advisable to ask someone you are close to and someone you can count on to tell you the truth.
2. Watch Your Symptoms
If you snore a lot, you will probably be able to notice some signs related to the problem. For example, if you feel tired after full eight hours of sleep, snoring might be the cause. Snorers can wake up several times through the night and not even remember it. Also, if your mouth is dry, you have a sore throat, you find it hard to concentrate, etc., you could have a snoring problem.
What’s more, all of these symptoms could point to serious health conditions such as sleep apnea or other disorders causing you to snore and lose sleep. Therefore, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, share them with your physician as soon as possible. They can not only help you determine whether you snore or not, but also if there is a more serious underlying problem that is causing you to snore.
3. Record Yourself
One of the easiest ways to make sure whether you snore or not is to make the most of modern technology and use a snoring app to record yourself. Believe it or not, there are numerous such apps and most of them work in similar ways.
The process itself is very simple; all you need to do is activate the app before you go to sleep and it will listen to you throughout the night. If you start making any noise, the app will start recording. When you wake up, listen to the recording to learn the truth.
The app might pick up some other sounds besides snoring such as dogs barking, your neighbors, the noise from the streets, etc., but you will easily distinguish those from snoring.
4. Keep a Sleep Diary
Keeping a sleep diary will help you become aware of your sleeping patterns that may point to snoring. You can include various information in your sleep diary, but focusing on the following points could help you the most:
- The time you went to bed
- The time when you fell asleep
- The time you got up
- How many times you woke up during the night
- How rested you are feeling the next day
It could also be smart to note your common sleeping positions. Did you fall asleep on your back, on your side, or on your stomach? Many people snore when sleeping on their back; so if you notice that you are feeling particularly tired after sleeping in that position, you could have a snoring problem that is affecting the quality of your sleep.
5. See a Specialist
If all else fails, you can always go to a clinic to talk to a medical expert about your potential snoring problem. There are many sleep specialists who could run tests and monitor you while you sleep. They will not only determine whether you snore, but why you do it too.
Also, some research companies might even pay you to participate in their studies and undergo sleep monitoring. However, if you decide to take part in such studies or trials, be sure to do some research before you commit. There are many scammers who could deceive you. Look for genuine reviews from people and steer clear of obviously fake advertisements.