October 03, 2012 Edition

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Snoring...from a
different perspective

Sandra E. Graham
Guest Writer

Snoring seems to be an issue in some homes. I know my daughter wears earplugs so that she can sleep while her husband blissfully snores the night away. My brother and his wife have taken to sleeping in separate rooms, on opposite ends of the house to get away from the other's snoring reverberations.

When I was young, I knew no one who snored - now that I'm older (actually, much older); it seems that everyone I know snores. My husband swears that I snore - something that I find hard to believe, because snoring isn't feminine. Is it?

Actually, my granddaughter, who sleeps across the hall from us, did testify that we both snore - and quite loudly. So, with more than one witness to the contrary, I must concede that I possibly do indeed snore.

However, my husband and I have come to some type of mutual adaptation to our noisy preoccupations. Apparently, since we both have gotten used to falling asleep to the noise of the bedroom wide screen TV, we have also, inadvertently, become used to the noise of our own built-in stereo systems.

When my children were babies and I myself was quite young, I had never heard of the SIDS dilemma. All three of my children slept in their own cribs, in their own rooms from day one. My husband and I slept down the hall and sometimes even downstairs, unaware of the tragedies that unfolded in many homes where an infant would just stop breathing during the night.

When we became grandparents and knew of this horrid prospect, our grandchildren slept between us when they spent the night. Often during the night, Grandpa and I would take turns placing our hand on their tiny backs just to make sure they were breathing if we didn't hear the sounds of their miniature snores.

Now, even our grandchildren have grown; it is just Grandpa and me sleeping alone, listening to sounds that only we can make. As long as I can hear his snores, I know he is alright and I can rest easy, drifting off in peaceful slumber. But, if he is quiet, I can't fall asleep and spend the night reaching across to his side of the bed to place my hand on his back to feel the rise and fall of his breathing.

So, I guess what I'm trying to say is that it is all a mind-set. If your husband's (or wife's) snoring keeps you awake at night, maybe you ought to try to condition your mind to think what it would be like if suddenly there was no sound coming from the other side of the bed. Just maybe, it will work for you as it did for me.

Sweet Dreams, y'all.

Sandra E. Graham, a native of Walnut Ridge, is a 1965 graduate of Egypt High School. She is the author of two books, "Amos Jakey" and "Nicolina," published by American Book Publishing.

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