Many people don’t take their snoring problems seriously. The thing is we may never realize when we snore, but those sleeping next to us can hear it loudly. So if you think your snoring isn’t a big deal, ask the one sleeping by your side. If he’s bothered, you should do something to stop that habit. Having this problem doesn’t mean you can’t have a restful sleep. You can still have a good night’s sleep even with this condition. Here are a few ways to stop snoring.
Drop some pounds
This sounds trivial, never belittle any extra weight you’re carrying. Some people find their symptoms improve after losing a few pounds. Extra fat especially around the neck will put pressure on your breathing airways, which will eventually result in snoring.
It’s hard to reduce fatty tissue in this area as it requires you to lose fat deposits in other parts of the body as well. But it’s worth trying. Eat foods that can accelerate fat burning process. You can also do intermittent fasting to ensure that the body uses the stored fats for energy.
Alcohol may affect your breathing by relaxing your muscles. The relaxed muscles are the reason why there’s a vibration in your airways, which causes the sound of snoring. No, you don’t have to put down alcohol for good, but better drink it not close to bedtime. It’s hard to part ways with alcohol because this is many people’s favorite drink, but for the sake of your health, be more careful with the consumption.
Keep the airways open
There are devices designed to help reduce snoring that come in the form of mouthpieces, chin straps, and nose vents. They all have different characteristics and uses. For example, an anti-snoring mouthpiece is put in the mouth. It helps hold your tongue, so it doesn’t collapse into the back of the throat.
Meanwhile, a chin strap holds your chin tightly, prevents your mouth from opening up. This type of device is more suitable for mouth breathers. The last one aka the nose vents work by opening your nostrils and maximizing the flow of air through the passages.
Get rid of allergens
Allergens can cause a stuffy nose and a stuffy nose could be the cause of snoring. Some people have high sensitivity to allergens. If you’re one of them, the bedroom where you sleep needs regular cleaning especially using a vacuum. A broom won’t do it because it will just make dust, pollens, and other allergens fly back into the air. A vacuum is much better because it sucks small particles and prevents them from escaping.