Fights on the Way to Divorce
While many say that snoring is the third leading cause of divorce, there is little evidence to support the claim. That one in six considered leaving a partner over snoring comes from a market survey conducted in the UK. It’s not an authoritative study, nor is it necessarily local to us here in Denver, but the survey’s findings are likely not far off the experience of snorers and their spouses here.
The survey included a nationwide sample of 1500 people in relationships. It found that 78% of couples included at least one snorer. The nonsnoring partner reported serious consequences. In the survey, 14% said that their partner’s snoring completely deprives them of sleep. Others try to find remedies like moving to a spare room (19%) or a child’s room (about 5%) to get better sleep.
Getting snoring resolved faces a number of hurdles, though. Perhaps the biggest hurdle comes from the fact that about 60% of snorers claim that their partner is exaggerating–they don’t have a problem. As a result, about one in 18 say that they argue all the time about snoring, with more than half of snorers denying that they have a problem. To try to resolve the dispute, more than a quarter (28%) of partners have recorded snoring. The disputes are taking a toll on individuals’ sanity, with nearly 7% saying they are becoming depressed.
The survey notes that a third of people say they are at their wits’ end because of snoring. It doesn’t talk about violence in these situations, but we know that this occurs frequently.