Snoring is a very common problem, and it can be very frustrating. It is especially frustrating when you are not the one snoring, but are still kept awake by it. In fact, snoring can sometimes do more damage to the sleeping habits of bedpartners than it does to the actual snorer!
But is there a way to stop it?
Thankfully, there are many things that you can try. And in this post, we are going to talk about some of the best and most common methods that you can employ to help you (and/or your partner) to stop snoring for good.
This is probably the first step toward better health and a better quality of rest for most people. This does not apply to people who are not overweight or obese, because people who are a healthy body weight certainly don’t need to be trying to become underweight.
But… if you are either overweight or obese, and suffer from a snoring problem, then the first thing to do is to try to get control of your dietary and exercise habits and get down to a healthier body weight.
This can help because fatty tissue around the neck is a huge factor for snoring. The more loose, fatty tissue you have around the neck, the greater your odds of suffering from a snoring problem become.
Don’t Sleep On Your Back
This is an often overlooked answer to the problem that can actually do a lot of good. Sometimes, sleeping on your side or on your stomach can do a lot to help you either lessen, or even remove, your snoring problem altogether.
Have trouble staying on your side? Try propping yourself up with pillows. If you’re really desperate, you can even try sewing some tennis balls to the back of your sleeping shirt!
Stop Drinking And Smoking
Drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes can both make your snoring problems worse. In fact, drinking can be a double-whammy, as it can cause you to gain more weight and further relax your muscles!
For best results, find a way to stop smoking, and cut down on your drinking – especially before bedtime. Going to bed buzzed is a sure way to increase your odds of a long night of snoring, wheezing, sputtering, and growling.
And it will most certainly decrease your odds of getting a decent night’s rest!
Buy A Stop Snoring Product
These devices and products are relatively cheap, and work surprisingly well. There are all kinds, ranging from nasal strips, to mouthguards, to chin-straps, to sprays. You can even get essential oils that are supposed to be able to help!
It might take some research and experimentation to find the right product for you. But one of the great things about the stop-snoring industry is that it is incredibly diverse. There are a ton of products out there to choose from, and finding the right one for you will likely require no more than a bit of trial and error that can pay off with huge benefits!
Drink Plenty Of Water
Believe it or not, being dehydrated can make snoring problems a lot worse. As your body gets low on fluids, you will begin to notice that your soft palate can become stickier. This will make you much more likely to snore.
For best results, try to drink somewhere between 11 and 16 cups of water per day. Men will need slightly more than women, but it is super important to spread out your water consumption throughout the day, and to make sure that you are drinking enough to be hydrated when the time comes to lay down and go to sleep.
Change Out Your Pillows
Changing your pillows can actually do a lot of good in some cases. Dust mites like to collect in pillows as they grow older, which can inhibit your ability to breathe clearly… and make your snoring problems a lot worse.
Try throwing your pillows in the dryer once every couple of weeks, and replace them every six months. This will keep them fresh enough to avoid large concentrations of dust mites, which will help to cut down on adverse allergic reactions.