Get a Better Night’s Sleep by Stopping Snoring
Snoring is one of those things that just kind of… happens. It is like sneezing or coughing or some other spontaneous bodily function that you really can’t help at the time, except that with snoring you may be depriving yourself, and more than likely someone else, of a good night’s sleep.
Everyone snores for different reasons and once you figure out what causes you to snore, you can work to correct it. Snoring happens when air can’t move freely through your nose of mouth during sleep, and this is usually caused by your airways being narrow. The narrow airway, usually caused by bad sleep posture or by abnormal tissue in your throat, can get in the way of your breathing and create the oh so familiar sound of snoring.
There can be many causes for snoring, including your age, how much you smoke and drink, whether you have nasal or sinus problems, and your fitness level. These factors can all contribute to the frequency and intensity at which you snore.
If you are the perpetrator of the late night orchestra of awfulness, then you may want to try to correct this flaw, as your partner may find issue with your ruckus and decide that the best remedy is a swift elbow to the ribs and then an Oscar-worthy performance of “pretending-to-be-asleep-so-you-won’t-realize-I-just-did-that.”
If you are trying to eliminate snoring, a couple lifestyle changes may cure your ailment.
- Exercise: Losing weight can reduce the fatty tissue in the back of your throat, which can decrease or even stop snoring. Exercising will tone all of your muscles and you may notice a difference since your throat muscles will be toned as well.
- Don’t Drink or Smoke Excessively: Avoiding alcohol and cigarettes may also be a good idea, as they damage your throat, lungs, and sinus cavities, and can lead to snoring.
- Find a Different Sleeping Position: Sleeping on your side may alleviate snoring.
- Clear Your Sinuses: Taking a hot shower before going to bed will clear your nasal pathway and sinuses, which may the be source of the problem.
- Have Someone Wake You: If you are the “victim” of your partner’s snoring habits, you can gently squeeze their nose to wake them up, as they will more than likely respond to the whole “I can no longer breathe” reflex. It would probably be best if you explained to them ... Pages
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