Have you ever slept next to someone and heard a loud, annoying sound coming from their mouth? If so, then you have heard snoring. This sound can mean disaster for anyone who has to hear it, as well as possible health problems for those who are doing it. If you know someone who snores and want to help them, read this article.
If you have tried the most common at home treatments to end your snoring, it may be time to consult your doctor to see if an anti-snoring mouth guard can solve your problem. The device holds your teeth together to prevent the jaw muscles from relaxing enough to result in snoring.
Blow your nose well before you go to bed. Often snoring is caused by a buildup of mucous in your nose. A stopped-up nose typically causes you to open your mouth during your sleep in order to breathe. When you breathe through your mouth you snore so keep some tissue at the side of your bed to prevent the problem before it starts.
Smoking causes your throat to swell, which in turn causes you to snore at night. One good way to prevent snoring is to stop smoking now. Try a smoking cessation class, over-the-counter nicotine patches or a prescription medication from your doctor. You will not only improve your health and prevent lung cancer, but you will sleep better at night.
Eliminate any alcohol or tranquilizers from your night time routine if snoring is a problem for you. These substances cause your throat and jaw muscles to relax, greatly increasing the likelihood of snoring. People who regularly take tranquilizers and drink alcohol are also much more prone to develop sleep apnea.
Select a firmer pillow. A pillow that is too soft will not support your head properly and can cause your throat muscles to relax too much. Both of these situations can result in reduced airways and snoring. Switch to a firm pillow, or consider one specially designed for people who snore.
You may already know that excess alcohol intake and sleeping pills can cause snoring. However, there are other substances that can put you at risk of nocturnal noise-making. Tranquilizers are a common culprit as well as antihistamines. Antihistamines can be great for allergy control, but can cause the same throat tissue relaxation as alcohol and sleeping pills that can exacerbate snoring.
Talk to your dentist about being custom fitted for a mouthpiece keeps your jaws in a forward position. This keeps your airway open and keeps you from snoring. These mouthpieces allow the snorer peace even when they are suffering from nasal congestion because they can continue to breathe through their mouth.
As the intro stated, snoring may appear as a harmless noise made during slumber, but it could be your body’s way of alerting you to the state of your overall health. The above tips can let you know about the causes of your snoring and what you can do to finally quiet the noise.