A Couple of Hints to Reduce Snoring

Stop Snoring

Snoring isn’t just annoying for the people around the sleeper.  It can be dangerous to some people.  Some snoring is due to simple things, like have the congestion from a cold, or sleeping in an awkward position.  Other times it can be because a person consumed alcoholic beverages a bit too generously.  Those types of snoring are only temporary, and pose little risk to a person’s overall health.  Instead they become the brunt of a good laugh or two at the snorer’s expense.

But if the snoring is continuous, night after night, with pauses in breathing, it can mean the snorer has a condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).  This condition can and does affect the overall health of the sufferer, contributing to conditions such as heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure.

For some people, losing a few pounds can improve a snoring problem.  Getting plenty of exercise and choosing healthy foods helps in a dieting program to reduce snoring.  Because of excessive fat and tissue around the face, throat and chest, obese people are more likely to acquire OSA.

Try getting a new pillow.  Some people still sleep on feather pillows, which are more likely to contain dust mites.  People that usually do not have any problems in the day time suddenly become congested shortly after their head hits the pillow, causing them to breathe through their mouths and snore.

You should also avoid sleeping on your back.  This allows the tongue and the lower jaw to slide back, blocking or constricting the airway causing snoring.  Another suggestion is to raise the head of your bed slightly or sleep with more than one pillow, helping to keep the bottom jaw forward.  This reduces the instance of snoring.

If you have other tips to reduce or eliminate snoring, please share them here.  There are many treatments available, so let us know what works for you.