If you’re like many people, you may fall asleep starting to sound like a bear growling in a cave. Snoring, unfortunately, can have a substantial impact on your life, not to mention the health issues it can cause. It can also have a detrimental effect on your relationships.
If you’re tired of being woken up every hour by the sound of your own snoring or being prodded in the back and told to “Roll Over,” keep reading for five effective snoring treatment tips.
While it may not be the ultimate answer, it is worthwhile to begin with what you eat and drink. Specific foods can cause intolerance, which can impair your breathing patterns, particularly when lying on your back. Though different foods have different effects on different bodies, it is important to understand the effect of intolerance on your body type.
For e.g: for some people consuming cold dairy products at night, or having an intolerance to it, can cause mucus build-up in the nasal area, resulting in heavy breathing and snoring.
On the other hand, for some others, having cold dairy products in winter can cause snoring problems or tonsillitis. Another common factor is alcohol which can cause snoring. As a result, it is critical to be mindful of your diet and the type of foods that you eat, no matter they may be healthy foods.
Being overweight is another significant contributor to snoring. The excess level of fat in the upper part of the body particularly the neck and chest can put pressure on the breathing passage and the lungs, leading to snoring. Therefore, it’s vital to maintain a healthy weight for the organs of the body to perform their functions properly.
While it may be challenging to control your sleeping position while asleep, it’s worth trying to sleep on your side or front. The position of your body while you sleep, impacts your breathing process. For e.g: If a person who is overweight sleeps on his stomach, the chest and the lungs face pressure, leading to snoring. Therefore managing a comfortable sleeping position is important for sound sleep.
Nasal strips, often used by athletes, can be helpful in opening up your air passage, removing or preventing blockages. If you’re desperate for a solution, it’s worth a try, but keep in mind that the cost can add up over time, as they are expensive. Though it may not a be a permanent solution, it does provide temporary relief in the short term.
Finally, practising breathing exercises before sleep and clearing your nasal passage can completely cure your snoring. These exercises help strengthen and clear the blockages in your your throat muscles and lungs making it easier to breathe during sleep.
Being mindful of your breathing patterns along with understanding your body’s signals while breathing can help get a better, sustaining long term solution once the problem has been identified properly. If the problem persists it is better to consult with a sleep specialist to develop a permanent cure.
In conclusion, snoring can have a significant impact on your life by disturbing your natural sleep patterns and also your relationships. However, by incorporating effective changes into your daily routine, you can help prevent or alleviate snoring. Remember that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is more about habits than anything else and that undisturbed, peaceful sleep, whether for you or your partner in bed is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle.