Let us talk snoring!

Research shows that around 30% of people over the age of thirty reports having a snoring problem. With that in mind, we wanted to shed some light on the subject and hopefully provide some good advice. At the end of the day, snoring can stop you from getting a good night’s sleep. It can also annoy other people living in your home - especially your partner who has to share the bed. Thankfully, there are many solutions you could try to stop snoring and improve your sleeping pattern. We’ll highlight some of the most effective ones in just a moment.

What is snoring?

Most people snore because of an obstruction that blocks the flow of air through their mouths and noses. That obstruction can happen for a wide range of different reasons. Identifying the cause of the issue is the best way to rectify the problem and stop snoring for good. So, let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons people snore.

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What causes snoring?

Allergies

Allergies like hay fever can cause people to snore during the summer months. Also, some folks can experience breathing obstructions due to allergies relating to their bedding. Make sure you change your washing powder and try something new if you want to see an improvement.

Sinus infections

There are a million and one reasons someone might contract a sinus infection. Maybe you have a cold that leaves your nose blocked? Perhaps a more serious medical condition has caused a sinus infection side effect? Some medications can also produce the same problems, and that’s why it is recommended that you consult your doctor.

Nasal polyps

Nasal polyps can develop in any human being. In most circumstances, they happen when you are suffering from alternative conditions. Some sinus infections can encourage the development of polyps, but so can diseases like cystic fibrosis. There are surgical procedures you could try to remove the polyps and clear your airway.

Relaxed muscles

There is some evidence to suggest people who snore can suffer from throat and tongue issues. It seems that snorers often obstruct their airway because their mouths and tongues become too relaxed.

Weight gain

Overweight people tend to snore because their throat tissue has become too bulky. When they lie down, the airway is not clear due to the excess fat and flesh. That is why doctors will always recommend that you lose weight if you complain of snoring problems.

Are there health risks associated with snoring?

Apart from the fact you’ll feel tired all the time, there are many other health risks associated with snoring. For example, long interruptions in breathing could place a strain on your heart. Indeed, many people die during the night for that very reason. Also, snoring can lead to low oxygen levels in the blood that isn’t the best news for your lungs. Some people develop a condition called pulmonary hypertension in the worst of circumstances.

One top of everything else, snorers often report chronic headaches and fatigue. In some cases, they are more likely to experience strokes and heart attacks.

How do you stop snoring?

Most people would agree that stopping snoring would make their lives better. They would finally get a decent night’s sleep, and they’d have more energy during the day. That is especially the case for people who snore at high volumes. For instance, there is a grandmother who holds the world record for the loudest snore at the moment. Officials report she can hit an astonishing 111 decibels, and that must keep her neighbours awake all night long. The suggestions below will help you to improve your situation.

Use stop snoring aids

You won’t have to look far to find many products designed to help you stop snoring. Some are going to work better than others, and some probably won’t make a difference. However, it’s important you try them all because they can work in some instances. Those nasal strips get some fantastic reviews online.

Maintain a healthy weight and diet

Improving your health is guaranteed to help your snoring problem. As we said only a moment ago, people who are overweight tend to snore more often. With that in mind, it makes sense for you to plan a healthy diet and get some exercise. You should notice a vast improvement if you stick to your new routine.

Sleep on your side

Due to the nature of airway obstructions, some folks find that sleeping on their side can help. It should remove at least some of the facial pressure you experience. That could help you to breathe properly all night long. Try using a couple of pillows to make sure you don’t roll over onto your back when you fall asleep.  

Don’t drink alcohol

We forgot to mention this earlier, but alcohol consumption can also make you snore. So, it would be time to stop drinking until your partner can sleep without ear defenders. When all’s said and done, alcohol is bad for your health, and a break will do you good.

Change your mattress, bedding and pillows

You already know that allergies can make people snore. That is why changing your mattress, bedding and pillows is always a good idea. Of course, it might not solve the issue, but you should discover if environmental factors contribute to your condition. Change your washing powder and detergent too for the best results.

Now you’ve got the lowdown on snoring; it should be easier to look for the best solutions. The human body is not designed to make that noise when you are in perfect health. Most people who look after themselves and get enough exercise will never have to deal with the problem. So, snoring is often a warning sign that something isn’t right, and you need to make changes. We’ve done our best to highlight some of the effective techniques you could employ. Just make sure you learn from the advice on this page, and put the ideas into practice soon. We all want you to get a great night’s sleep!