Why You Need To Stop Snoring

stop snoringSnoring may not seem like a life threatening condition. However, there are circumstances in which it may actually be a sign of a serious underlying condition. Sleep apnea, for example, can be a big problem if not resolved by a professional and snoring is usually a major signal of this. While it is true that there are sinus infections which can also cause snoring, apnea is certainly something you need to fear. On a short term basis, snoring is something that you may not need to worry about – but over the long term, it can be incredibly harmful to your overall health.

The Advantages Of Not Snoring

There are several benefits that your body will reap once you stop snoring. For example, if you find yourself exhausted during the day, this is by far the primary reason. Snoring can cause you to wake up repeatedly throughout the night, disturbing your natural sleep patterns and wrecking the benefits of normal REM sleep. In fact, it can also mean that you are lacking in REM sleep, mainly due to the fact that this form of sleep requires an initial restful period. With snoring interrupting that period, you may be getting robbed of this critical sleep.

Without a doubt, relationships get strained when one spouse snores. Snoring can actually be somewhat of a selfish affliction, because it also affects those within hearing distance. Remember this key point: when you sleep soundly but quietly, you allow your partner the chance to catch some sleep as well. And at the same time, when you wake up cranky and feeling listless because you didn’t get the sleep you need, remember your partner may be feeling the same! So if you love somebody, set them free (of your snoring)!

The Basic Causes Of Snoring

Snoring occurs when any combination of the tongue, jaw and neck are positioned in such a manner that the air passages in your throat and soft palate become blocked in some way. When you breathe and there is little space in the throat region, the result is that the tissues there begin to vibrate. There are a number of things which will make some people more prone to snoring than others. Excessive weight is one of them. This only makes sense, as fat tends to gather around the neck and throat region, and can become a primary cause of snore-causing blockage.

Lifestyle Changes Can Add Up

By losing excess body fat, many people have been able to reduce or stop their snoring altogether. Now, the problem with this for most people is the fact that you can’t simply say, “I’m going to lose weight” one week, and drop 15 pounds the next. Unfortunately, losing weight takes the kind of lifestyle change that many of us either don’t have the time to make, or simply don’t want to make. With regular cardio exercise lasting about one hour per day, five days a week, you can lose weight pretty quickly, but it will take at least a month. This is not a sacrifice many people want to make.

Avoiding alcohol can be major when it comes to stopping your snoring. Remember that alcohol by nature is a depressant and relaxant. It can relax the normally firm tissue at the back of your throat, causing it to slide downwards, and creating a blockage. This is why there are so many people out there who snore only when they drink, yet maintain a silent sleep when they do not.

You also need to be careful with your eating patterns if you wish to stop snoring. Avoid particularly heavy meals and coffee or any other products containing caffeine before bed. Not only does caffeine rob you of the ability to get to sleep, it can also have a drying effect on your throat. What’s more, it’s natural diuretic can mean you may have to get up to go to the bathroom during the night. This is also a reason why people get inconsistent sleep.

Another great idea is to try to get to bed at one time, consistently, every single night of the week. It is hard for a lot of people, for sure, but if you commit to it, you will see that your sleep gets much richer, and you will feel much better overall.

Preparing For A Better Sleep

It’s important to remember that your bedroom, or sleeping chamber if you want to get fancy, is a key part of what I like to call the “sleeping ecosystem”. If you are having difficulties sleeping in general, there are a few things you can do to make your sleeping ecosystem very inviting to calm, restful sleep. First, you will want to consider your mattress. Is it so old that you can’t recall exactly when you bought it? Maybe it’s time for a new one. Or, if your finances mean you can’t afford one, consider a memory foam mattress pad. These are usually between $75 and $200, and can make a huge difference in your overall sleep comfort level.

Second, how are your sheets? Are they clean? Are they relatively new? Believe it or not, new sheets can make a world of difference.

Third, how’s your air working for you? When you are getting ready to sleep, the air quality in the bedroom you will be sleeping in also matters a lot. Dry air tends to irritate the throat. You can change this condition by running a humidifier in the room. Moist air is not only typically better for your throat, it is also better for reducing snoring symptoms. Ask yourself this: do I snore more in the winter or in the summer? For most people, the answer is the former… that’s simply because in Winter, the air in your room tends to be mega-dry. This is also a prime cause of snoring.

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