Laugh and the world laughs with you.
Snore and you sleep alone.
– Anthony Burgess –
In the Inventive Uses for a 2X4 category, the most recent one I am test driving is the enticing promise that it will reduce (if not stop) a person from snoring! In our household, late at night, now and then, someone might be lying awake in bed – listening to the sawlike sounds of the person who lies beside them.
Enter the 2X4, a dimensional piece of wood that is actually about 1.5 by 3.5 inches. Depending on the length of the board, it could be used to poke the snorer until they woke up and quit snoring. But, we have inadvertently found that if the 2X4 is used to raise the head of the bead by 3.5 inches, snoring is reduced significantly. At least, so far the snoring is reduced. We will see what happens in the long term.
We raised the head of our bed for quite another medical reason. The jury is out as to whether the other medical condition is improving, but if the snoring is alleviated, we’ll both be pleased!
Raising the head of the bed can be as simple as putting a few blocks of wood under the feet. Or it can be as time consuming as ripping some 2X4’s obliquely to create long wedges that attach to the underside of the box spring. Much depends on how stable you want the result to be, and how much you care about the damage to your carpet from the blocks of wood…
Be warned! For the first few nights you might feel like you are slowly migrating towards the end of the bed while you sleep. You probably are, but you really don’t slide very far. You will also find that your night tables are now too low, by about the same number of inches as the bed was raised. The Car Guy has some creative suggestions about how to raise the night tables – with 2X4’s, of course…