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Practical Tips On How To Stop Snoring
If you have a problem with snoring, you are not alone. It is estimated that up to 40% of all men and 25% of all women snore. Snoring may be truly common among all kinds of people across all socio-economic backgrounds but it is actually considered a disorder. In fact, medical professionals even warn that snoring can have some serious consequences when it comes to your health. Aside from that, snoring can be embarrassing. Below are some tips to help you stop snoring.
Take Care of Your Allergies
Allergies can cause respiratory problems. Instead of breathing normally through the nose, a person with respiratory allergies will breathe through the mouth making snoring highly likely. Antihistamine, saline sprays and humidifiers can help.
Shed Some Weight
When you are obese or overweight, your airway becomes restricted because of the fat around the neck. Losing some weight can help you stop snoring. This is easier said than done. But if you’re serious about stopping your snoring, you’ll take measures to eat less and exercise regularly.
Sleeping On Your Side
Sleeping on your side can help you stop snoring. Lying on your back actually encourages snoring. Lying on your stomach, on the other hand, can be put stress to your neck. (Of course you can use specialized pillows if you prefer sleeping on your stomach.)
When you drink alcohol or take tranquilizers, your brain and your whole nervous system relaxes. The effect is that your jaws and throat muscles also relax. Because of this, you are more likely to snore when you drink or take sleeping pills.
Note: Don’t ever try using sleeping pills and alcohol together. It could cause sleep apnea.
Sleep With Your Head Raised
You can breathe easier if your head is raised when you sleep. Remember that you have to elevate your entire upper body and not just your head. You can use body pillows for that.
Kick The Habit
Breathing problems can contribute to the snoring problem and we all know that smoking damages the respiratory system.
Get Some Regular Zzz’s
Try to establish a regular sleeping schedule and get enough sleep. Going to bed at a set schedule and waking up at the same time every day (even on weekends) helps the body establish its rhythm.
Use a Mouth Guard
You’ll probably need a prescription to get one. What a mouth guard does is that it holds the teeth together while you sleep. The jaw muscles are kept from being too lax when you use a mouth guard.
Do you have other tips on how to stop snoring? Your comments are welcome.