Snoring is often seen as a major issue because of the annoyance it causes – however, it’s really not something you can ignore or laugh away! Research has shown that snoring is a risk factor for numerous health conditions, from high blood pressure and weight gain to a weak immune system and even problems with memory. Thankfully, there are a few different ways to reduce snoring, and Humidew can help!
Get Feedback on Your Snoring
Speak to your partner and get feedback on how you snore (other than a pillow being slammed in the face!). For instance – do you snore through the nose or the mouth? Do you emit a gasping or choking sound, or does it sound like you stop breathing between snores? Do you snore all the time, or only when lying on your back? Are there some days where you don’t snore at all? Is your mouth open or closed when you snore?
Answers to these questions are an important first step in identifying the cause of your snoring and helping you find the right treatment.
Locate the Cause
Using the information your partner shared will allow you to get an idea of why you snore. If you snore with the mouth closed, perhaps it is your tour tongue that is blocking the airway. If the snoring is worse when you have a cold or you’ve had an alcoholic drink before bed, it’s easy to find a solution.
However, if your partner says you snore the same way every night and for most of the night, it’s best to consult a doctor. This is especially true if you appear to choke or stop breathing between snores, because it could be sleep apnea, a potentially fatal condition.
Change Your Sleep Habits
Place a few extra pillows to elevate your head, or use an anti-snore pillow that forces you to sleep on the side. This way, if you’re a mild snorer, the change in position will ensure the tissues in the throat don’t fall back due to gravity, and you may find your snoring stops.
Ensure you get enough sleep each night, or you may be so exhausted that you slip into an intense sleep. This can cause the muscles in the mouth cavity to relax so much that the tissues block the airways and cause you to snore.
Have an early and light dinner. Otherwise, you may develop digestion issues that make the snoring worse.
Avoid drinking alcohol at bedtime, as it can relax the muscles and cause snoring. Sleep medications can also do the same – if you find you only snore when taking sleeping pills, speak to your doctor about how to get over this problem.
Use a humidifier. It’s important to maintain proper humidity levels in your bedroom to ensure healthy airways and skin. If the moisture levels in your home are too dry, the membranes lining the nose can be irritated, which causes congestion and leads to snoring. You can shop Humidew’s products here.
Follow these simple steps to gain control over your snoring! However, if you find these measures don’t help, it’s best to consult a doctor.