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How to Combat Snoring

Posted by Lisa Floyd on Jan 14, 2016 3:58:53 PM

Combat SnoringWhile snorers are often the brunt of family jokes, it is important to remember that snoring can be a serious condition. Aside from the fact that it makes it difficult to sleep in the same room as a snorer (let alone the same bed), it can be indicative of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can increase your risk of heart disease.

Related Blog: How Can You Tell the Difference Between Snoring and Sleep Apnea?

What Causes You to Snore?
Snoring is the result of the tissues that line the air passages or the roof of the mouth vibrating. The factors that tend to cause this include smoking, being overweight and hormonal issues. In order to correct the problem that causes you to snore, your airway must be open during sleep as this allows the sleeper to breathe normally.

It has also recently been discovered that the position of the snorer’s lower jaw plays a large part in snoring. Your lower jaw slides back slightly as you sleep, regardless of your sleeping position. This causes soft tissues at the back of your throat to be pushed into your airway. The result is an obstruction that can cause you to snore.

Ways to Keep Airways Clear to Eliminate or Reduce Snoring

Therapeutic Pillows
One of the common solutions that many sleep specialists recommend is a type of pillow that is designed to support the neck thus keeping your airways open. This type of pillow may be made of memory foam so that it can better fit the contours of your neck thus aligning both your head and neck.

Adjustable Mattresses
Another option is an adjustable mattress that allows your head to be raised. This can have the same effect of clearing the airways and allowing for peaceful, snore-free sleep.

Mouthpieces
A number of anti-snoring mouthpieces on the market can help to keep airways open and keep you from snoring.

Switching to a New Sleep Position
If you sleep on your back, this could be the the reason that you snore. Try sleeping on your stomach or side instead.

Weight Loss
Because snorers are often overweight, exercise and dieting for weight loss are highly recommended. Experts also advise not smoking and moderating alcohol use.

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