Got a snoring problem? Lots of people snore, that’s for sure. New research shows that 45 percent of men and 30 percent of women share this obnoxious affliction. It’s one of the most misunderstood physiological conditions that plagues our bodies. And with everyone on the internet sharing their parent’s home remedies, it gets pretty tricky to find the truth among all those opinions. What worked for your partner might not work for you. Learing how to stop snoring requires an individual approach tailored specifically for YOU and YOUR body. Therea are several stop snoring devices that may work for you and only you.
Let’s start with what we know: Snorers are almost always tired and cranky. They are probably experiencing permanent sleep deprivation. They often stop breathing and wake up for a few seconds when sounding those loud, nasally gasps. Over time, chronic snoring will most definitely degrade a person’s quality of life.
Normally, silent sleepers can turn into chronic snorers after taking certain medications or consuming alcohol. Colds, viruses and seasonal allergies can also cause temporary bouts with snoring.
A snoring problem can come in all shapes, sizes and yes, frequencies. No two are alike. They tend to get worse (like lots of things do) as we grow older and gain weight. Snoring kicks in as the body’s muscles relax. Throat muscles collapse, the tongue falls back, and airways get blocked and obstructed. This causes audible breathing or breaks in breathing that lead to gasps for air. While sleeping, air passing through our lungs can cause tissue to vibrate, which causes audible snoring.
Sleep apnea is the most common culprit behind a snoring problem. Sleep apnea is an abnormal pause in breathing that can last from a few seconds to a few minutes. Each of these breaks in breathing wakes a sleeping snorer. The condition is known to increase the risks of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and daytime sleepiness.
There is no question a snoring problem is bad for the sufferer and anyone with whom he or she might share a room. These self-help remedies may help prevent snoring and allow everyone to get a good night’s sleep:
- Stop smoking.
- Get on a regular sleep schedule.
- Change your posture: Sleep on your side.
- Combine exercise with a healthy diet to lose weight.
- Avoid chocolate and other high-calorie foods before bedtime.
- Avoid consuming alcoholic beverages within four hours of bedtime.
- Get vocal! Singing improves mood and strengthens throat muscles.
- Drink two cups of hot tea an hour or two before bedtime.
These tips are definitely steps toward a healthy lifestyle and might even end your snoring problem, so there’s no harm in trying!
And remeber if home remedies do not put an end to your snoring problem, then it may be the right time to visit a medical professional (dentist or doctor) to address the issue.
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