It’s possible that you’re one of that 45 per cent of people who snore regularly on a daily basis, or know someone who does. Snoring could be the subject of jokes about family members (“Uncle Joe snores so loudly that he shakes the windows !”), but it’s actually a problem.
One reason is that a spouse who is snoring can hinder the other from getting an adequate night’s rest and can cause a separation of rooms. “Snoring can create serious issues in a relationship,” says Daniel P. Slaughter, MD, of Capital Otolaryngology in Austin, Texas an otolaryngologist and expert on snoring.
Snoring is not just irritating, but 75 percent of people who snore suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (a condition where breathing is interrupted while sleeping for short durations) and increases the possibility of cardiovascular disease according to Slaughter.
Sudhansu Chokroverty MD, FRCP, FACP Director of the program of Clinical Neurophysiology and Sleep Medicine at JFK Medical Center in Edison, N.J., advises be cautious when treating yourself with over-the counter sprays and medicines without consulting your physician. Chokroverty is a neurology professor in the Seton Hill University’s School of Health and Medical Sciences states, “Many stop-snoring products are advertised without a rigorous scientific studies to support the claims.”
Instead, you can try these natural solutions and lifestyle changes to determine if they can eliminate your Snoring.
Change your sleeping habits:
The tongue’s base and soft palate press against the back wall of your throat when you lie on your back, creating the sound of a vibrating. The possibility is that sleeping on the back will aid in avoiding this.
The body pillow (a fully-length pillow that is designed to support your entire body) is a great solution, as per Slaughter. “It lets you sleep on your back and could significantly improve your sleep.”
Tennis balls taped to side of your pajamas may aid in avoiding lying on the back as per Chokroverty. “You are also able to recline your bed while your head is elevated and stretched. This could open the nasal passages, and could help stop from snoring. But, it could cause neck pain.” The snoring that continues regardless of sleeping position may be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea. “In this scenario, you should consult your doctor,” Chokroverty advises.
Then I took a few Pounds:
Some people gain by dropping weight. However, it’s not for everyone. Slaughter addsthat “Thin people also sleep, and they do it.”
Weight loss can help in cases where you’ve gained weight, and started snoring, despite not being able to snore before. “When you gain the weight of your neck, this expands the inside that surrounds your mouth, which makes it more susceptible to collapse while sleeping and cause snoring” Slaughter says. Slaughter.