Silent Night

“Jake,” Sandra said, “you keep waking me up throughout the night with your snoring. Sometimes you snort so loud that it gives me quite a fright. I need my sleep, Jake, so please, you need to figure out a way to refrain yourself.”

“Refrain myself?” Jake said. “How the hell am I supposed to do that? It’s not like I’m doing it intentionally. I’m not even aware of it, and yet here you are trying to vilify me over something I can’t control.”

“There are sleep specialists who can help you with your snoring, Jake,” Sandra said. “You can go see one. They have these machines that are supposed to combat sleep apnea.”

“There’s no way I’m going to hook myself up to some bulky machine,” Jake said. “Just deal with it, dammit.”

“I’ve tried, Jake,” Sandra said, “but I’m exhausted, Your snoring is keeping me up all night and I’m sorry but I’ve had it. So if you won’t go to a doctor and consider looking into those machines, you’re going to have to sleep from now on in the guest bedroom.”

Jake shook his head. “That’s not going to happen, Sandra.”

“Well, consider your options, Jake,” Sandra said. “You can stay in our bedroom if you get one of those machines or you can sleep in the guest room. But if you insist on doing neither, you are risking that, in order to finally get a silent night, I might have to suffocate you with my pillow.”


Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (snort), Ragtag Daily Prompt (fright), The Daily Spur (sleep), Your Daily Word Prompt (refrain), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (vilify).

17 thoughts on “Silent Night

  1. lindakempwriter March 17, 2021 / 2:47 pm

    Those things are deal-breakers. I’ve told Hubster if he ever has to get one of them, he’s out 🙂

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    • bushboy March 17, 2021 / 6:52 pm

      I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea – I stopped breathing up to 30 times an hour while sleeping. Before I had my next appointment to sort out which machine and mask were appropriate for me, I had my seizure, possibly bought on by a lack of oxygen to my brain.
      If it happened while I was home on my own and not at my partners place I most probably would have died. My heart rate went down to 37BPM in the ambulance and I had a nurse at my bedside in hospital for over 4 hours making sure I was OK.
      We manage to sleep well when we are together. Mask on is last thing at night. I can assure you Linda that a CPAP is better than dying if it is needed.
      Love conquers all x

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  2. Taswegian1957 March 17, 2021 / 3:05 pm

    My late husband had sleep apnea and his snoring was shocking but it was even more scary when he would stop breathing at night or fall asleep at odd times of the day even while talking or driving. I had to convince him that it wasn’t normal but persuaded him to see a sleep specialist in the end and he got a CPAP machine which improved both of our sleeps.

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  3. Hetty Eliot March 17, 2021 / 3:21 pm

    Oh god I hate the sound of snoring more than ANYTHING. ANYTHING. I have cried tears of rage listening to it. My philosophy is that if I have to be awake because of you, then it’s equally fair for you to be awake bc of me. And believe me, I’m nowhere near as nice as Sandra…..

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  4. Mister Bump UK March 18, 2021 / 12:10 am

    There is but one option here,, he must kick her into touch. He doesn’t want to be living with somebody who is such a barefaced liar 🤣

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  5. leigha66 March 21, 2021 / 12:34 am

    Those sleep tests are a pain… of course a CPAP vs not breathing is a no brainer however.

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