Sometimes sharing a bed is glorious. Sometimes it’s romantic. Sometimes it’s intimate. Sometimes it’s comforting. And other times it’s just not.
For Kelly Ripa, one thing that ruins a good night’s sleep like no other: a snoring husband.
“He rarely snores, but when he does it irritates me to no end,” Ripa recently told “Live with Kelly” guest co-host Fred Savage of her husband, Mark Consuelos.
It’s important to note that snoring ― especially chronic snoring ― can be a telltale symptom of obstructive sleep apnea, a disorder in which the muscles in the airways don’t work properly and interrupt your breathing while you sleep. If you think you (or your partner) might be affected by the condition, get checked out. It affects more than one in 10 people in the U.S. and can up risk of serious health consequences like heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
And snoring can also be a result of a number of other factors (from aging to alcohol consumption to allergies) that relax or enlarge various parts of your nose, throat or mouth. [Find out exactly how to find out what type of snorer you or your bed fellow are with this convenient chart.]
But if you do find yourself occasionally listening to your partner’s best Darth Vader impression, Ripa’s hilarious secrets for reinstating peace and quiet might be the key to your respite:
1. “I either kick him ― but not hard.”
2. “A chopping down of the leg on my side of the bed.”
3. “Or I will just say ‘you’re snoring.’”
And when those strategies don’t work, Ripa has a few more to reclaim the bed.
Watch the video clip above to hear all of Ripa’s tips.
Sarah DiGiulio is The Huffington Post’s sleep reporter. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.