Remedies to Stop your Snoring
If you snore, you're not the only one. Snoring affects about half the population. Snoring can disrupt your sleep or for whoever you share the same bed with. However, snoring is not only annoying, but it can affect the quality of your sleep and overall health.
But what causes people to snore? When we sleep, the muscles around our neck relax and partially block the airway, which causes the pharynx (in the throat) to vibrate loudly. Even though snoring is very common, it should not be something to ignore; it can be a sign of health issues including:
- Sleep apnea
- Sleep deprivation
- A problem with the structure of your nose or throat
The best way to figure out what is causing your snoring is to consult a doctor. But there are natural ways you can try to deal with snoring.
1. Lose Weight
Those who are overweight are more likely to snore than others. Losing weight can help reduce the fat around the throat. Make sure to get regular exercise daily and watch your calorie intake.
2. Sleep Positions
Sleeping on your back can cause the airway in your throat to be blocked. The best remedy for this is to switch up your positions. Try sleeping on your side or your belly. This is easier said than done. Your body will naturally move to its most comfortable position. Getting a body pillow may help. Putting it in the middle of the bed prevents you from fully sleeping on your back.
Living in Calgary, we suffer from dry weather, which may be a cause for your snoring. Get some humidifiers for your room and add some moisture into the air; this will help lubricate your throat, making it easier for air to flow.
4. Avoid Alcohol
Try not to consume any alcohol before bedtime. Alcohol relaxes your throat muscles which cause snoring. If you enjoy having a beverage to wind down, try to drink it at least 2 hours before you go to sleep.
Try out these natural remedies, and if it does not fix your problem, it is always a good idea to see your doctor for other solutions.
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