Friday, February 6, 2015

6 Behaviors to Help You Stop Snoring

Wheezing or snoring is a serious pain for everyone involved – your partner, you, and really anybody that has the misfortune to be in a 3-room radius from where you’re trying to start a dead Generator in your sleep. Though some snoring may be caused by deeper medical problems, these tips may help you stop snoring today.

Keep consistent sleeping patterns
Pulling back-to-back all nighters before hitting the sack means that you’ll sleep harder and deeper than usual, making your muscles floppier. This can trigger snoring, but can be avoided by maintaining good, regular sleeping habits, known as “good sleep hygiene.”

Avoid sleeping pills and sedatives
If you have taken sleeping pills or sedatives to help you sleep, they may also increase your snoring. These things relax the muscles in the back of the throat and can interfere with breathing.

Sleep on your side
 Gravity works against you when it comes to snoring, as it makes it more likely for your tongue or soft tissues to drop and obstruct your airway if you sleep on your back. Sleeping on your side can help minimize this.

Resign from smoking
Smoking is obviously bad for your health, but can also help contribute to snoring. Cigarette smoke irritates the lining of the nasal cavity and throat, and can cause swelling and blockages. The decreased airflow may cause snoring.

Invest in a humidifier
Dry air can irritate membranes in the nose and throat and increase potential snoring. Especially if you are dealing with a stuffed nose or other cold symptoms, a humidifier can really make a big deal by helping to keep the passages moist.

Lose weight
Weight loss is actually a seriously effective method to stop snoring. Though it isn’t 100 percent effective, sudden weight gain can make you start snoring, even if you hadn’t previously. Gaining weight around your neck squeezes the internal diameter of the throat and makes it collapse during sleep, triggering snoring. Dropping those pounds can make a big difference.

Don’t head to bed drunk
Alcohol is similar to other sedatives, in that it reduces the resting tone of the muscles in the back of your throat. This allows soft tissue to collapse in your throat, triggering snoring. 

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