How to stop snoring: solutions and workarounds
A Snoring Partner
How to stop snoring so you and your partner can start sleeping soundly through the night? Managing snoring is a pretty common topic amongst couples, and increasingly apparent with couples overtime with age. The causes could be age, weight, onset of weight with age, or genetics. Statistically, snoring has been found more prevalent amongst men than women, but both genders are susceptible to snoring. Somtimes, the one complaining about the snoring partner, may not realize snoring happens to both parties. One party, however, may snore much louder and wake up the other partner.
Note that snoring and sleep apnea are different. Sleep apnea are pauses in breathing or shallow breaths that interrupts your sleep. Sleep apnea is a medical condition that requires attention of a health profession. Today’s post focuses on snoring in general and the remedies we can take so our partner and ourselves can have a better night’s rest.
Why do we snore?
Snoring occurs because air cannot freely pass through the nasal passage during sleep. This could result in vibration of nearby tissues during the inhalation process that creates the disruptive noise throughout the night.
- Sleep on your side. I regularly find comfort sleeping on my side, but obviously we can’t control whether we toss, turn, or end up on our back in the middle of the night.
- Extra pillow. Add extra pillows to elevate your upper body. This can help improve airflow while asleep.
- Add a humidifier in your bedroom. If a dry environment is irritating your throat and nose membranes, then a humidifier could keep the air you breathe in while asleep more moist.
- Wear anti-snoring appliance. Consult your family doctor or a nearby pharmacist for available devices.
- Incorporate exercise in your lifestyle.
- Main a healthy diet and reduce your caloric consumption
- Lose weight
- Avoid alcohol and smoking
Talking to your partner
Communicating with your partner about the snoring can be a sensitive topic. Though you may already feel grumpy from sleep deprivation as a result of noise disruption throughout the night, being sensitive to your partner is paramount. Remember, snoring is not the fault of the individual. Focus should be on finding solutions together on the road to better sleep.