How to Stop Snoring at Night and Save Your Relationship

by anonymous user on February 2, 2011

The first thing to understand here is that I’m not talking about the occasional snoring that we all have from time to time, especially after a good night out! No, I’m talking here about snoring every night in bed. And not only that, snoring that is loud enough that your wife, husband or partner just cannot sleep.

Let’s make one thing very clear: snoring at night isn’t a joke! It’s an extremely serious problem for health (physical and mental) and relationships. Many relationships just don’t survive the constant sleepless nights. So, if you don’t want this to happen to you, you need to take action, and fast.

As a start, let’s consider first what actually causes snoring at night…

And here’s the first thing to realise, and that is that snoring can only occur when you are asleep. You don’t snore when you’re awake. Now I know this may seem obvious, but I bring it up because it really illustrates the actual cause of snoring. When you are asleep, the muscles and soft tissue in your air passages tend to relax. So that when you are in the prone sleeping position – especially on your back – the tissue falls into your airways, restricting them. How do these restricted airways give rise to snoring? Well, the air that flows through them as you breathe in and out, has to flow much faster because of the restricted space. This sets up turbulent airflow which causes the tissues in the airways to vibrate, causing the snoring sounds.

Okay, now you understand the cause of snoring, let’s look at how to stop snoring at night…

Everything you do to try to stop your snoring has to be done in advance of you sleeping, since you have no control over anything whilst you sleep. The first, and most important, is to consult your doctor who will examine you and discuss a potential snoring solution. The thing here is to find out all you can from him or her about the upsides and downsides of the various snoring treatment options, so that together, you can make the best decision.

Secondly, as you doctor will advise, you may have to make several lifestyle changes or adjustments. These are things like avoiding alcohol, cutting out cigarettes, avoiding sedatives or tranquilizers, losing weight, no big meals close to bedtime, change your sleeping position, and set a strict sleeping schedule, etc.

The next thing is to look at the various stop snoring devices there are. These are aids such as snore pillows, snoring mouthpieces, snore guards, nasal strips, and CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure), etc. Home remedies for snoring are also well worth considering. These include herbs, homeopathy, aromatherapy, acupuncture and acupressure, etc. Finally, you have the option of surgery to stop snoring at night. This would only ever be used where the case is very severe and where all other treatment options had proved ineffective.

If you follow these five tips, then I’m sure success will follow and you’ll be able to stop snoring at night so that you and your partner can get a good night’s sleep at last.

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