UK sleep expert says 'tennis ball trick' may be the key to help your partner stop snoring

Lying awake listening to your partner snore can be irritating at best, a relationship deal-breaker at worst. 

Those that have snoring partners probably have tried every trick in the book, but there are only so many times you can roll your partner over, or reapply their nose device when it falls off during the night.

But one sleep expert has suggested a more novel method she says can help those in desperate situations. 

According to the Mirror, Dr Sophie Bostock appeared on UK morning show This Morning to share her advice for those who are struggling with snoring and said the key to a quiet night might be a tennis ball. 

As snoring can be affected by the position we sleep, Dr Bsotock recommends making it uncomfortable to sleep on your back, which is when most people notice snoring gets worse. 

"When you lie on your back, your mouth is more likely to open and as it does so, it kind of moves back and compresses the airways, so the muscles in your tongue tend to relax more," she said.

She recommends doing "anything you can do to keep yourself leaning on the side".

"Some people find a line of pillows or even a tennis ball sewn into the back of your pyjamas can make it uncomfortable to lean over onto your back."

While sleeping on a tennis ball may seem an extreme means to an end, if it leads to a good night's sleep for your partner, they'll probably be happy to do the sewing for you. 

Of course, if you're keen to try and stop snoring altogether, there are several life changes that can help. 

Last year, a study out of the UK found overweight, middle-aged men are the most likely to snore, but smoking and alcohol consumption increased the risk for both sexes.