Here are some statistics that might come as a surprise to you. Did you know that as many as 45% of all adults snore occasionally at least in their sleep? So it is likely that you already know somebody who snores. Often, these people are ridiculed or joked at in social gatherings, and this naturally isn’t ever great for their self-esteem. In fact, they may even stop going to these events and end up becoming loners.
Snoring is a very serious issue. It should never be neglected.
Snoring can be bad for relationships. If a partner is snoring, the other’s sleep might get affected, and eventually, they could end up sleeping in separate bedrooms. Daniel P. Slaughter, MD, who is a snoring expert and otolaryngologist from Austin, Texas, even says that snoring can break relationships.
But that is not the only problem. It has been seen that in 75% of instances, people who snore also suffer from sleep apnea where the breathing can be disrupted for short times during the sleep. Daniel says that there is an increased risk of heart disease from this.
Snoring and Sleeping Remedies
Luckily, there are many remedies available. There are some over-the-counter pills and sprays available, but you need to be careful with them. Many of these aids are sold without valid scientific studies that support the claims made. Anything that seems too good is probably not good at all. And besides, there are bound to be side effects.
There are other remedies too. For instance, good sleeping hygiene, staying properly hydrated during bedtime, and refraining from drinking alcoholic beverages are all likely to help. You can try to lose weight as well, because fat around the neck is likely to reduce your throat’s diameter and make you snore. However, having said this, you will still find many thin people snoring. Take a hot shower just before going to the bed. This might help as well.
Change the Sleeping Position
Here is a solution that is sure to give you good results. Sleep on your sides and the snoring is going to go away. Use a full length side sleeping pillow that supports not just your head and neck, but your full body. With such a pillow, it will be easier for you to maintain your position throughout the night.
When you are lying on the back, your tongue’s base and soft palate will fall to the back of the throat, and there will be a vibrating sound as you sleep because of this. But this doesn’t happen when you sleep on your side.
Change the Pillow
When did you last change the pillow? Most rooms and pillows have allergens, even if you are careful, and these allergens can make you snore. There is a buildup of dust mites over time that can give you an allergic reaction. You may not be able to get rid of them all with your brushing. Also, pets should not sleep on your bed because animal dander is a common irritant.
So remember these three things. Sleep on your side, use a side sleeping pillow, and change your pillow once in six months. You will see a marked improvement. In fact, your snoring may go away completely as well.