If you've landed on this page then there is a good chance that either you or your bed partner is snoring when in the land of nod. Indeed, up to half the population are believed to be snorers and whilst it can be mildly troubling for some, it can be catastrophic for others. Without a doubt, partnerships are often marred by snoring. Even if you're the offending snorer then there is a good chance you too are suffering from the negative effects. However, the multi million dollar question is how do you stop snoring? Luckily, there are a number of self help remedies available. Here are our top 8 tips to help you or your partner stop snoring.
If you are carrying some extra pounds then this could be contributing to your snoring. Indeed, even losing a little bit of weight can reduce the fatty tissue at the back of your throat which can reduce or stop snoring. To lose weight you should try cutting your food intake so that you're in a calorie deficit. Exercise can also help to increase this deficit. If you are struggling to lose weight then you could try joining a slimming club or speaking with your doctor.
Allergies can block your nose which in turn leads to breathing through your mouth. If allergies are a serious problem then you should speak to your doctor to find remedies to help. If your allergies are mild and occasional then over the counter antihistamines should do the trick.
Whilst a lot of people falsely believe that an alcoholic beverage before bedtime can aid sleep the opposite is actually true. Indeed, alcohol actually interferes with sleep and can contribute to snoring.
Evidence suggests that raising your head by just four inches can help to stop snoring. Again this is because it can help to keep your airways open. If you have an adjustable bed then you can just raise the bed head. Alternatively a second pillow could be all you need to stop snoring.
To stop snoring you can might want to invest in nasal strips. Whilst you might feel less than attractive wearing them to bed on a night, they are extremely effective. This is because they open up the airways allowing free movement of air.
Smoking can contribute to snoring because it relaxes the throat muscles. Therefore, stopping smoking will not only improve your health and wealth but it could stop you snoring too. Sounds like a win win to us!
If you've tried all of the above and nothing is working then a visit to the doctors may be in order. Indeed, snoring can sometimes be a symptom of a more serious condition such as sleep apnoea. Luckily, sleep apnoea can often be successfully treated with a CPAP machine which gently pumps air into a mask that you wear whilst you're asleep. Furthermore, medical interventions are constantly evolving so there may be other treatments, such as laser, that can help with chronic snoring.
There are a number of self help measures that can help you to stop snoring. Whilst many of us joke about snoring it's no laughing matter. Indeed, snoring can severely impact your life and that of others. However, the good news is that it is almost always treatable, which it turn can lead to a better quality of life.