I remember reading a letter published by a certain popular advice columnist several years ago. The subject of the letter was snoring. The writer was at (her) wit’s end, having spent night after sleepless night next to (whether in the same bed or in the general vicinity of) one afflicted with the said condition. Not a pretty picture. The response of the columnist was to trivialize the situation, exhorting the writer to be grateful that the snoree was at least breathing. Clearly such a columnist has never been sleep deprived by similar circumstances. How easy it is to preach tolerance from a vantage point of comfort.