Are you finding it hard to sleep through the loud, disruptive snores of someone else? It can be a bit alarming to have to convince someone that their snoring is preventing you from getting the rest that you need, but if you come to the table armed with solutions, the conversation could go much easier.
To help stop snoring problems, try to avoid taking sleeping pills or other types of tranquilizing medication to help you rest. These sleep aids may help you feel more restful, but they also contribute to both snoring and sleep apnea. Some tranquilizers are even addictive and can cause health problems if overused.
If you are having issues with snoring at night, then alcohol consumption, sleeping aids that include tranquilizers, and antihistamines need to be avoided right before bedtime. The reason for this is because they cause your muscles to go into relaxation mode, and this can can your airways to be limited.
While it may take a little time, losing any excess weight can be extremely beneficial to snorers. Being overweight puts extra pressure on many places in your body, including the throat, which can lead to snoring. Since your neck is one of the first places you lose weight from, even just a few pounds can help calm snoring down.
In order to cut back on snoring, turn over and sleep on your side, not on your back. If you sleep on your back, especially with only one or two pillows, mucus can gather in your nasal passages. Sleeping on your side will keep the mucus out of the passages, and you won’t have a blockage that will cause snoring.
One trick that many spouses have learned when they have to sleep with a snorer is to nudge them until they turn over on their side. The change in position will often alleviate the problem, at least temporarily. While it is no fun to have to constantly nudge your spouse, sometimes that is the only way you can get to sleep.
Treat your allergies if you have a tendency to snore at night. If you are congested or your respiratory system is irritated, you will be more likely to snore when you go to sleep. Use a decongestant or an antihistamine to treat your allergies, and keep your airway clear at night.
Make an effort to sing every day, as much as you can. People have noticed that the more they sing, the less they snore. Singing helps develop and strengthen the throat and mouth muscles. The stronger your throat muscles are, the less you snore. Strong throat muscles are less likely to collapse or become blocked.
Believe it or not, something as simple as a well worn pillow can exacerbate or even create a snoring problem. If you or your partner are experiencing a snoring problem and your respective pillow is thin or worn, then consider investing in a fuller, firmer pillow. The added height can improve the angle of your neck, clearing any air obstructions.
As you can see, there are a lot of things that could be causing the snoring, and there are just as many if not more possible solutions. Armed with this information, you can have a much more productive discussion about how to fix the problem so you can both sleep easy tonight.