It's 1 a.m. and I'm tossing and turning again. Do I have insomnia? No. I'm married to a buzz saw (or so it seems).
But snoring is more than just an annoyance. "The spouse of someone who snores can lose up to 5 years off of their life," according to Dr. Mehmet Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Columbia University in New York City and host of "The Dr. Oz Show."
Why? If you continually go without enough sleep, the aging process accelerates, which puts you at risk for conditions such as high blood pressure, cancer, memory loss, and possibly diabetes.
Over the years, I've learned that the best way to combat my husband's snoring is to fall into a sound sleep early. As the saying goes – an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of a cure. These days, I know if I don't follow my normal bedtime ritual, I can expect to be woken up by my husband's snoring.
Here are some tips that help me sleep through the night:
Healthy Bites appears on MyHealthNewsDaily on Wednesdays. Deborah Herlax Enos is a certified nutritionist and a health coach and weight loss expert in the Seattle area with more than 20 years of experience. Read more tips on her blog, Health in a Hurry!