Why people snore and what to do about it

By September 30, 2014Sleep

So, you love everything about your partner…except their snoring Ultraman of Download? Sound familiar? Don’t worry; it’s normal. We’re here to help you get some much-needed sleep by giving you tips on how to stop…

Snoring is not serious, but it can be a symptom of an underlying issue: much like a cough is a symptom of pneumonia, snoring can be a symptom of sleep apnoea, which can be fatal if not treated.

Why do we snore?

Just about everyone snores occasionally, but if snoring happens frequently it can affect the quantity and quality of your sleep and that of your family members.

Snoring occurs when air can’t move freely through your nose and mouth when you sleep. Often, it’s caused by the narrowing of your airway, which gets in the way of smooth, rhythmic breathing and creates the sounds of snoring.

Easy snoring solutions

Change your sleeping position: When you lie on your back, the base of your tongue and soft palate collapse to the back wall of your throat, which can cause a vibrating sound – sleeping on your side should prevent this from happening.

Stop Drinking: Alcohol and sedatives reduce the resting tone of the muscles in the back of your throat, making it more likely you’ll snore. If you drink alcohol four to five hours before you go to sleep, it will make your snoring worse.

Drink water: Drinking water is not only important for your health, but can also help you to stop snoring. When you are dehydrated, fluids in your nose and soft palate become stickier and this can lead to an increase in snoring – make sure that you drink approximately two and a half litres of water per day and keep a glass of water on your bedside table at night.

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Follow this advice, and you – and your partner – will enjoy a good night’s rest.