Today sees the start of National Stop Snoring Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness and reminding people who suffer with the condition that they needn’t lose out on sleep because of it, as snoring can actually be treated very effectively.
Snoring is caused when excess tissue in the throat vibrates whilst we breathe in our sleep and is often confused with sleep apnoea. The two are very different though, because while OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnoea) is often accompanied by snoring, snoring doesn’t necessarily mean that you have OSA.
There are many reasons why you may develop issues with snoring, most of which are easily preventable and can be resolved with a few small lifestyle changes like drinking and smoking less, but you can also develop snoring if you are pregnant, have issues with your weight or suffer from allergies.
So, what can you do to prevent snoring? For those suffering the effects of snoring, there are plenty of options available to you that may help when it comes to getting your usual sleep routine back on track. We’ve provided some tips below that may help.
Change your sleeping position
Did you know that sleeping on your back could be what’s causing you to snore? Sleeping on your side is a great way of combatting this, but suddenly changing your sleeping position can be difficult, not to mention uncomfortable. At Mattressman we have a whole range of side sleeper pillows available, which as their name suggests, are perfect for people who sleep on their sides, making them the ideal choice for those who wish to change their sleeping position.
Re-evaluate your alcohol consumption
If you take care to avoid drinking alcohol, particularly before you go to bed, you are significantly less likely to snore. It holds numerous health benefits too. After all, everything in moderation!
Keep allergies at bay
If you suffer with allergies such as hay fever, you may find that your snoring increases during the summer months as your airways become congested. Making sure that you have plenty of allergy medication on hand to reduce the effects of hay fever is a good place to start.
We’re frequently being reminded how important it is to drink plenty of water – H2O has so many health benefits – but did you know that staying hydrated during the day is a great way of reducing snoring?
Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will mean that your throat muscles are more relaxed, though for obvious reasons, take care not to drink too much water before bed as this can also play havoc with your sleep.
Don’t forget that if you feel like you’re losing out on too much sleep or that snoring is having a profoundly negative effect on your general well-being then you should seek the advice of your GP and discuss the best course of action with them.