Is Your Snoring Affecting Your Relationship?
Snoring can keep you – and your partner – from getting a good night’s sleep.
Following these tips can help.
Avoid cigarette smoke.
Kick the habit if you do smoke and avoid secondhand smoke if you don’t. It may reduce nasal and lung congestion that may be causing snoring.
Avoid sleep aids, alcohol, and cold medicines.
They can cause the throat muscles to relax, which can lead to snoring.
Avoid large meals before bed.
A full stomach puts pressure on the diaphragm. This limits breathing passages.
Run a humidifier.
This may help stop snoring for some.
Elevate your head.
Sleeping with your head slightly raised takes some pressure off the airway. Try putting blocks under the bedposts at the head of the bed, or prop yourself up with pillows.
Sleep on your side.
Snoring is more likely if you are lying on your back. Try tying a tennis ball or other soft object to your back to keep you sleeping on your side.
Try nasal strips.
Over-the-counter nasal strips may give you relief if you’re congested. If you snore heavily, it’s best to see your doctor for a thorough exam. Snoring can signal underlying health problems, such as sleep apnea, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and heart disease. Snoring can be managed in most cases. With proper care, you (or your mate) will no longer have to retreat to the couch at night and you’ll both be back in bed together.