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Sleep and Relationships: Your dates want to know if you snore

Uh oh.

If the 75% of people we polled in our latest survey are to be believed, all the single people need to be more up front about their snoring before they reach that point in their relationship where they can both hit the sack together.

Does this mean online dating sites will start requiring you to acknowledge this embarrassing bit of background info on your user profile?

Don’t fret! If you’re among the 60% who admit they snore themselves, 89% say in the end, snoring is not a deal breaker. So why the need to know? Perhaps it’s a matter of prudence. If there’s a chance your dream guy or gal will keep you up with their snoring, you’ll know to stick to your own bed on work nights. Or perhaps it’s simply a matter of wanting to know everything about your potential mate—the good and the bad—so there are no surprises.

Whatever the reason, snoring may not bother your potential partner, but it should still be taken seriously since it can signal a serious health issue such as sleep apnea and even the increased likelihood of stroke and heart disease. Snoring can also over time deprive both you and your partner of much-needed sleep, which in itself can lead to decreased performance, cognitive impairment, stress, and accidents. And so it is unfortunate that of those who snore, only 27% plan to do something about it.

Our survey also found that 43% worry about their snoring disrupting the sleep of others, but only 19% worry that their snoring might affect their future with a potential love interest. Clearly, most people are forgiving when it comes to snoring—whether it’s their own or someone else’s. But in addition to the health issues mentioned, snoring can create some strain in a relationship. Only 5% say snoring has led to the break-up of a past relationship, but as many as a third admit resenting their partner at some point in their relationship. This resentment can get worse if sleep deprivation becomes a long-term issue.

So if you snore, do something about it—for you and your current or potential mates. Snoring is one of the key parameters measured by SleepRate. Get your free Sleeprate sleep evaluation now to learn more.

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