Millions of people around the world constantly experience bouts with snoring whenever they sleep. This means that there are equally as many partners that are being kept awake by the distinct sound that snorers make.
Although there are those who take the issue lightly, there are actually a significant number of people who blame their relationship woes on snoring. It can have such a large impact on a relationship to the point of causing irreparable damage.
Aside from the loss of quality sleep, jeopardized relationships are some of the reasons why many companies have tried to solve the problem of snoring once and for all. As a result, there have been many gizmos, gadgets, products, and even treatments that have been developed and manufactured over time.
But before someone attempts to find a way to alleviate a snoring problem, it is important that they do a bit of research first. Different snoring products serve to counteract different causes behind snoring.
This is why it is important that the snorer is first able to identify what kind of snoring issue he or she is facing. This means assessing the noise being made whenever he or she snores. It can also mean having a professional thoroughly assess the situation.
The noise being made by someone who snores can reveal a ton of useful information about the mouth’s structure, the vibrations in the throat, and even the condition of the nasal cavity. By understanding what causes the relentless snoring, it is possible for the snorer to apply a more effective solution.
If a severe snoring problem is not treated right away, it can effect a relationship in so many different ways.
It can lead to people breaking up.
Even the strongest of marriages can be broken by something seemingly as simple as snoring. The main reason for this is the loss of sleep that can affect both partners.
When people do not get the right amount of rest, this can easily lead to heightened levels of irritability and irrationality. In this case, more arguments and misunderstandings can be expected to develop over time.
The lack of proper rest will surely make both parties less functional as well. When it comes to any kind of relationship, everyone involved should be able to rely on the rest and so if the sense of security is threatened, it can cause serious problems indeed.
The snorer might be asked to sleep in a different room.
One of the most common effects that snoring can have on relationships, especially with shared bedrooms, is that the snorer may be banished to a different part of the house.
This can equally be disturbing as the snoring itself. More often than not, the snorers are left to feel unwanted and lonely causing them to develop a sense of unhappiness over time.
Snoring may lead to more serious medical conditions.
Depending on how severe one’s snoring is, it might be a symptom of a graver medical condition. In this case, a couple might not be prepared to deal with the underlying illness may it be in a mental or financial sense. As a result, it can lead to more problems or arguments for the people in the relationship.
A snoring problem, if not treated immediately, can cause problems for any type of relationship and this is why it should not be ignored by snorers.
Even simple remedies like the use of nasal strips can benefit them not only by reducing the onset of snoring but also by preventing broken relationships from manifesting. This is why snore control products are some of the best investments snorers can make in a lifetime.
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I have mentioned how snoring nearly ruined my marriage, probably more than once on this blog. So my question to you is, if replacing your mattress was all it took to save your marriage or relationship, would you get a new one? Of course, you would. Our loved ones are worth far more than a little expense like a new mattress.
This doesn’t mean that a new mattress will suddenly stop your spouse from snoring without the help of other natural remedies, but it’s worth taking a look at all the different styles of mattresses available and investigate which one would be the best to help battle the snoring.
Snoring can be caused by one or more of the following things; the anatomy of your mouth, nasal issues, lack of sleep, how you lay when you sleep, drinking alcohol, and sleep apnea. So it stands to reason that a good mattress, especially when considering sleep position and its role in snoring, could lend a helping hand in this war against snoring.
The only way to do this, uncover each mattress style at a time and compare their pros and cons in the not-so-wonderful world of snoring.
Memory Foam Mattress
This type of mattress molds to your body when you lay down. It conforms to the shape of your body, which is great for anyone who sleeps on their side. Memory foam mattresses are being purchased more and more. The layers that make up a memory foam mattress work together to create this forming bed, which is easiest on pressure points including your hips and shoulders.
One of the best positions you can sleep in to fight the snoring is on your side. This is why the memory foam makes a great mattress for snoring. If you need to switch from your back, a horrible position for snoring, to your side, you’ll be happy with a Tempurpedic mattress, which you can read about in this review front thesleepjudge.com.
Memory foam can get warmer than an innerspring mattress so that could be a downside but, if it means you won’t have pain in those areas because you are sleeping on a more comfortable mattress, it may be worth getting a fan or a cooling pillow. An added bonus for this mattress is that if you or your partner toss around at night, the other occupant won’t be disturbed by the movement due to the great motion transfer of a memory foam.
Otherwise known and coil mattresses, this type is the most popular mattress. It is constructed of springs that are encased individually, which keeps them in the mattress opposed to popping out. They last for many years and many of them come with memory foam or pillow tops. There is a lot of options for the mattress shopper with innerspring.
Yet, when it comes to snoring, I am not so sure the innerspring would be the best choice. When shopping for an innerspring you need to make sure the comfort level you get is best for sleeping on your side, since that is still the sleep position you want to focus on to stop your partner from snoring.
The wrong firmness could end up causing you a great deal of pain in those pressure points I spoke of earlier. Head out to a local mattress store and start trying them out. Get to know the firmness and the styles. Lay down on your side and see how you and your partner feel. That way you won’t be surprised with a mattress you can’t sleep on.
These mattresses tend to be on the firm side but do tend to have an adequate bounce. As for the comfort level, the latex mattress runs alongside the memory foam. Yet, the excessive firmness of a latex mattress might be the thing that makes it a not-so-great mattress for snoring.
It all goes back to the sleep position. If you are a side sleeper or intend to be a side sleeper then those pressure points need to be a high priority when choosing a mattress. These joint pains can disrupt the sleep of the snorer, and we don’t want that either. Sure, I don’t want to hear my husband snore, but I don’t want him to lose sleep either.
This category of mattress offers the best of both worlds to some. They are typically a combination of innerspring with latex or memory foam. So, while you get the traditional support of the innerspring mattress, the memory foam can ease those pressure points or the latex can add some firmness.
Air mattresses, futons, and sofa beds are all other options when it comes to styles of beds but, to be honest, if you have a snoring problem or are trying to help your significant other to stop snoring, these might not offer the comfort you need.
When it comes to the relation of snoring and types of mattresses there is really only one connection; the way you sleep on it. For snorers, the best position to sleep in is on your side, which can cause pain in the hips or shoulders if you don’t have the right support in your mattress.
Check out what needs you have as far as firmness and style when considering sleeping on your side and test out each of these styles. This is the best way to make an informed decision.
Snoring, whether mild or wild, isn’t the best trait to have. Not only can it cause you to wake yourself up mid-snooze, but it can also affect those sleeping in the same room. Snoring can be so severe sometimes that couples will end up in different rooms, just to be able to get a healthy amount of sleep. But let’s face it, even if you are sleeping solo, you should try to incorporate new habits into your lifestyle that’ll lessen the snore, so you can sleep more.
Snoring happens when your soft palate, throat, and your tongue become so relaxed or are put into a position that lessens the free flow of the air in your breath, causing everything to flap around in your throat and mouth which creates the sound of snoring! Sounds absolutely lovely! Not.
Types of Snorers
People who snore when they lay on their backs will usually stop snoring or have much less snoring when laying on their sides. When you lay on your back, you’re more prone to breathing through your mouth and the position of your tongue weighs back into your throat, which can cause snoring to worsen. So before going ahead and trying more elaborate remedies, why not try sleeping on your side and see if it works?
If you’re breathing through your nose and not your mouth, this may indicate that you have a sinus problem. Find ways to naturally rid yourself of the mucus and lessen any inflammation and swelling of your sinuses.
If you’re breathing through your mouth and snoring regardless of what position you lay in, take into consideration that there might be a swollen tissue in your throat or something else that may be causing obstruction.
Snoring Through Everything
You’re snoring through your mouth, your nose, on your back, belly, and side and you’ve tried the common quick fixes for snoring such as changing position, but you’re still snoring like crazy, you might have a much more serious condition than just snoring. Get checked up by a doctor to ensure you don’t have sleep apnea.
Luckily for you, you’ll be able to get a better night’s sleep with natural solutions to lessen and diminish snoring sans any negative effects that may come with snore medication. A worry-free and sound sleep is now within reach!
Eucalyptus and Peppermint
Both are great for clearing the sinus areas and aids in calming irritated and swollen sinus in the right amounts. If you can get ahold of organic eucalyptus and peppermint oils, put 5 drops of each in a bowl of freshly boiled water and inhale the steam, for better effects you can put a towel around your head so that you inhale in more steam.
If you have a humidifier, depending on what kind it is, you can also use oils or crushed dried eucalyptus and peppermint leaves.
2. Tongue & Throat Exercises
Keeping your tongue and throat muscles strong will aid in keeping them from becoming too relaxed that they cause the blockage. Here are some tongue and throat exercises you can try:
Repeat this phrase 20 times before going to bed: “The lips, the teeth, the tip of the tongue”.
Move your lower jaw out in front of your upper jaw with your teeth showing and repeat 10 times daily
Stick your tongue out as far as you comfortably can, move it to the left, and the right, and repeat daily.
3. Drink Lots of Water
Not only does water keep you hydrated and alive, but drinking more means that your mucus and phlegm thins out for easier expelling. When it stays thick because you aren’t drinking enough water, it can cause blockages in your throat and nasal passages that make you snore.
4. Avoid Muscle Relaxants
As you know by now, if your muscles around your sinuses and throat are too relaxed, this usually causes snoring. Avoid anything that can cause these muscles to over-relax. Things such as alcohol and muscle relaxant medication will work towards worsening a snoring problem.
5. Say No To Big Meals Before Bedtime
Anything that can cause your phlegm and mucus to thicken such as dairy products, sweets, and heavy meals before bedtime can increase your chances of a heavy snore because the thick layer of phlegm can cause obstruction hence the snoring.
It’s important to find out the very reason why you are snoring before you go ahead and try different over the counter medication because if you do the wrong thing, you could end up eventually worsening your snore situation. Luckily these natural remedies won’t do any harm. If none of these have worked for you, make sure to get checked up by a doctor to find out if it’s anything bigger than just a snore!
Leury Pichardo is an organics health nerd by day and writer by night. He’s constantly out on the search for the best natural solutions to various health issues. Leury is a strong believer that prevention is key, but Mother Nature is a locksmith! He’s also a writer for HomeRemediesForLife.
Among all the squeaks, grunts, snorts and wails, you probably have a tune for everything your baby attempts to communicate with you. At your baby’s young age, however, every sound, new or old, seems to be of concern. And for most parents figuring out what the real cause is of monumental importance.
Your newborn’s breathing tends to be noisier than what you are commonly used to. Breathing as most of us know, has to be silent and smooth flowing. Since your newborn sleeps pretty much around the clock, you notice breathing during sleep to be noisy as well. You usually associate snoring with an overworked or drunken adult, then why is your little one echoing throughout the house when she sleeps?
What is considered normal?
It might be reassuring to know that most of the sounds your baby makes are considered normal at this phase. (Yes, and that includes crying!) The primary reason your baby snores when asleep or sometimes even when awake, is mainly because their small airways are still adjusting to breathing outside the womb.
Your baby will be breathing at a much faster rate than you are. This is approximately 40 – 60 breaths per minute. A baby’s airways are much smaller and still developing even after birth. These small airways have yet to get accustomed to removing mucus and fluids build up in the airway passages. The reflexes that clear these up are still in the developing phase.
Another thing to consider is, when your baby is laying down the secretions tend to stay in the upper airway. Therefore as your baby takes in air, it flows through all these secretions making the breath sounds more noisy.
Most of the noises your baby is making when awake or while sleeping, are usually inconsistent. They come and go as the day progresses. More saliva or mucus build up increases the noise. You will also observe that the noises are more frequent after long crying spells.
Feeding: A Noisy Affair
While feeding your baby, you would expect the noisy breathing to subside. It is known that milk softens mucus, however, you may notice that your baby grunts or even snorts while feeding. This is because babies are primarily nose breathers. This means that even while feeding they are able to take in air into their lungs.
However, this air is passing through the milk ingested and possibly saliva and mucus at the back of your baby’s throat. Keeping in mind the fact that these airways are tiny, all these sounds while feeding is considered normal. Unless your baby is not taking in milk or is taking frequent breaks during a feeding session to breath, there is no need to be concerned.
My Doc said something about Laryngomalacia
The larynx, commonly known as the “voice box”, is where most of your baby’s cries and coos originate from. In a condition frequently mentioned by doctors, laryngomalacia is a weakness noted in the cartilage of the larynx. With this condition, the noisy breathing is consistent and not on and off like normally noted. It is more commonly observed when your baby breathes in air.
This condition gets better on its own. There is no need to be concerned. Laryngomalacia is common among little ones and usually resolves itself by 12 – 18 months.
When will the noisy breathing subside?
Breathing for your baby, unlike the simple inhaling and exhaling you are used to, seems to be a very complex event. You may also notice gentle vibrations in your baby’s chest and abdomen while she breathes. This is mainly due to the air flowing through the upper airway through her larynx to the lungs. If there is more mucus or secretions the vibrations will be a lot more.
Snoring will be noticed at a high intensity for a few weeks right after your baby is born. The noises and grunting will subside after a few weeks. But these can be noticed up to the first six months of your baby’s life.
It gets better with time as your baby starts swallowing her secretions. She will also get accustomed to breathing from her mouth occasionally.
When should I visit with my pediatrician?
Most of the time snoring and the noisy breathing concerns parents and they rush to the doctor as soon as their baby is born. One must not usually do this, but there are some red flag signs that you should ideally watch out for-
Increase in breathing rate: Breathing rate increases to more than 60 per minute.
Additional noises when your baby breathes: This is mainly a wheezing sound or a hoarse breathing sound. Your little baby may wake up from her sleep to catch her breath. This is something that requires medical attention.
Putting in an extra effort to breathe: You may notice that your baby’s nose is enlarging more than usual, and she is struggling to catch her breath. Another reason for concern is when your baby is pulling in her chest excessively with each breath. You should schedule a doctor’s appointment immediately.
Evident signs of an illness: Fever, cough, “colds” and a decrease in appetite are all tell tale signs of something that isn’t right. You should visit your doctor without hesitation in such cases.
As highlighted above, your baby’s noisy breathing is nothing to be concerned about on most occasions. The noise that your baby makes while she sleeps is really not bothering her at all. Most of the time she is going to indicate whether she needs to be fed or changed with her high pitched cry. Though in cases of concern, never hesitate to consult your pediatrician.
If your husband snores, you are not alone. There are many others all over the world. According to one of the earliest sleep and snore studies in the country, men are 10% more likely to snore than women. The difference increases to 20% in the senior years. Until now, there is no concrete epidemiological study to show how many people habitually snore and how many need medical intervention.
According to another BBC report, as much as 30% of all adults snore from time to time, but for some ethnicity, the rate might be as much as 50%. High numbers do not necessarily mean danger of course, but you have to know the specific causes of your husband’s snoring to determine how “normal” it actually is.
Snoring Signs You Should Be Alert About
A “normal” snore is not exactly normal, medically speaking. The upper airway is designed to allow unobstructed air passage and without resistance as the muscles in the throat voluntarily open and contract. Hearing a snore from your husband is already a sign that the upper airway is either blocked, naturally narrow or small, or is contracting too tight. The real question here is if the snore might lead to other complications and put your husband’s life in danger.
Contrary to popular belief, the sound is not too reliable when telling if a snore is safe or dangerous. A soft and short snore might be as dangerous as a loud and long snore, although the latter is a clearer sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
What you should be bothered about is the frequency of your husband’s snoring, when it happens, and what happens when your husband snores.
In most cases, habitual snoring of three to four times a week does not imply anything worth consulting a doctor for. However, your husband might have to be checked if he frequently wakes up at night because of snoring or shallow/disrupted breathing. It might also be a sign of sleep disorder if he experiences episodes when he temporarily stops breathing.
Reasons Why Your Husband Snores
There are more than a dozen possible reasons why your husband snores. Not all of these reasons need medical intervention though. Listed below are the most common ones that everyone should know about:
• Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
OSA is a common reason of snoring in adults. It happens when the airway collapses inwards, blocking the air partially or entirely for a few seconds. Not all cases require immediate medical attention, but all of them might benefit from consultation and treatment as soon as possible.
Your husband might be suffering from OSA if he experiences episodes of 10-second breathing pauses up to 300 times every night. You can try observing your husband’s breathing pattern if his snoring is already bothering you.
Some allergic reactions like allergic rhinitis (hay fever) cause snoring because they clog the nasal passage. The clog results from a runny and stuffy nose. For more severe allergic reactions though, the pharynx might swell, which makes breathing more difficult.
Even the common cold is enough to cause snoring, especially when it already infects the sinus down to the end of the nose in front of the throat.
• Upper airway resistance syndrome
This is sometimes misdiagnosed as sleep apnea because of inaccurate descriptions when consulting a doctor. The two are entirely different though as upper airway resistance syndrome mainly pertains to sleep disruption due to snoring while sleep apnea pertains to breathing problem when sleeping.
Your husband might have this syndrome if the vibration in his throat is too loud and long. The snore itself wakes him up and the palpable vibration makes it hard for him to sleep deep.
• Deviated septum
This is a deformity where the nostrils are not equal in size because the wall that separates them has undergone structural change. Naturally, this makes breathing less easy as one or both nostrils experience air resistance.
• Weak tongue, throat, and airway muscles
It is possible that the muscles and nerves in your husband’s tongue, throat, and airway muscles are not strong and coordinated enough. This is usually an issue of frequent inactivity (e.g. speech disorder as a result of trauma) or vitamin deficiency. A doctor might be able to prescribe a set of supplements that can strengthen your muscles and nerves. Occupational and respiratory therapies might also be of help.
• Too relaxed airway muscle
The airway naturally relaxes for everyone during sleep. It collapses a little at the back of the throat but not enough to block airflow. For some people though, their airway relaxes more than needed, so breathing becomes harder, sometimes resulting to a five- to 10-second delay in breathing.
Some studies suggest that this does not happen on a daily basis even for people who frequently experience it. While obstructive sleep apnea is a medical condition, an airway that relaxes too often is usually caused by external and human-induced factors. Tiredness often plays a role, but it might also be due to alcohol, tobacco, certain drugs like anti-depressants and muscle relaxants.
Too much fat in the neck can put pressure in the airway, preventing it from opening fully and allowing the air to flow naturally.
• Excessive soft palate, tongue, and throat tissues
Excess tissues partially block the airway. It might be inborn but many cases only become noticeable when a person undergoes drastic weight change. This might be the case of your husband if he recently gained weight.
When diagnosed, the doctor might say that your husband has a bulky throat tissue, has long soft palate, or has long and thick tongue
• Enlarged tonsil and adenoid
It is common for many people to experience enlarged tonsil and adenoid. However, if it happens too often and is already becoming a burden to your husband’s sleep, you might have to consider medical intervention, such as surgery or treatment for the infection.
Helping Your Husband Stop Snoring
If you and your husband have decided to avoid medical consultation as much as possible, a complete lifestyle change is the first possible solution to try. Losing weight might relieve the pressure caused by excessive fats and tissues in his airway. Staying away from dust and other allergens that cause allergy attack can also prevent nasal congestion. Most importantly, ask him to reduce his alcohol intake and smoking if completely avoiding them seems impossible.
To be assured that your husband’s snoring problem is not serious, it would be advisable to see a doctor. The doctor could prescribe nutritional supplements for the muscles and nerves or recommend Positive Airway Pressure (PAP). With PAP, he will be asked to wear an oral appliance or mask to put pressure on the airway if it does not open fully for some reason. If there’s a more serious problem, a surgical procedure might be ordered to stop your husband’s snoring problem.
When you sleep, the muscles in your mouth relax and cave in into the throat. The airway then becomes narrow and constricted. As air passes through the blocked airway, it vibrates audibly. We commonly refer to this audible vibration as snoring.
When you take sleeping pills, tranquilizers, or alcohol, you tend to slow down your central nervous system. This causes the muscles of your jaw and throat to relax. When the said muscles become loose, the tongue relaxes as well and may block the airway in your throat. The blocked airway may cause you to snore as air passes through it.
If you snore as a result of the effects of sedatives and alcohol on your airway, you can stop snoring by avoiding the substances.
Snoring is a result of inflamed airways.
When you are a habitual smoker, you are likely to snore. Smoking causes the upper airway to become irritated and inflamed.
Stop smoking and you are likely to stop snoring, too.
Lose excess weight.
Fat or obese individuals tend to snore. When you have an excessive amount of fat around your neck, the fat tends to put unwarranted pressure on the airway. It may even cause the airway to collapse to some extent. The restriction around the airway often causes snoring.
If your snoring is a result of excessive fat, you may be able to stop or prevent snoring by losing weight.
Consult an allergy specialist.
Nighttime snoring can also be attributed to pet dander, mites, dust and other similar irritants. An allergist will know if an allergen is causing you to snore.
There are natural ways to prevent snoring caused by allergens. Change your pillow cases every week. Replace the pillows every four or six months. Dust the surfaces in your bedroom and your ceiling fans frequently. Do not allow your pets inside your bedroom.
You can prevent snoring by getting rid of all possible allergens.
Prevent nasal congestion.
If you have a stuffy nose, you will find it difficult to breathe. When you lie down, you create a vacuum in your throat. This is likely to cause you to snore.
You can prevent or stop snoring by taking measures that promote ease in breathing. Take nasal decongestants. Use a saline spray. Use a Neti pot. If your nasal tissues are irritated because of dry air, keep the air moist by using a humidifier. When you are able to remedy your nasal congestion, you are likely to stop snoring, too.
Keep a regular sleep schedule.
When you are exhausted, you are likely to fall into a deep sleep that affects your throat in the same manner that taking sedatives or drinking alcohol does. Make sure that you get the rest and sleep that you need.
Maintain a regular sleep schedule. Try to go to bed and arise at regular times every day. A regular schedule gives you the benefit of a steady biological sleep-and-wake cycle or a regular circadian rhythm which tends to prevent snoring.
When you exercise regularly, you will enjoy many benefits. Exercise can even help you stop snoring. It helps with weight loss. It helps with keeping a regular sleep schedule. Losing weight and sleeping on a regular schedule are two natural ways for preventing snoring.
Watch your sleeping position.
Try to keep your head elevated when you sleep. Keep your head up by about four inches. This helps to promote regular breathing and helps to move jaw and tongue forward.
You can also use pillows which are specially constructed to check snoring by ensuring that the neck muscles remain relaxed.
Sleeping on your side is also effective for preventing snoring. If you are used to sleeping on your back, try to put a pillow filled with tennis balls and prop it behind your back. If you change position and move over to sleep on your back as a matter of habit, the pillow will make you uncomfortable and cause you to return to your initial side position.
People snore when there is a partial blockage to any of the body’s air passageways. It starts with the relaxing of the neck muscles which then leads to the relaxation of the nose and throat. If these become too relaxed, the upper airway partly closes. So when you breathe air into the narrower passage, the tissues on the back of the throat start to reverberate. The more these vibrate, the louder the snoring will be.
Some people don’t have a problem with snoring but a large number of people do. Studies show that about half of the global population are prone to snoring; especially those who carry excess weight on their necks. Men are more prone to the condition than women.
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Depending on the gravity of the condition, snoring can cause impediments to a person’s overall sleep quality. But, given that the snorer does not sleep alone, it can also affect his partner’s overall sleep quality — this means you. This is why there are a number of remedies available today that aim to resolve the snoring dilemma.
Although there is an absence of a miracle cure when it comes to a problem like snoring, there are a number of ways by which people can alleviate it. If your husband is a persistent snorer, here are 5 ways to get your husband to stop snoring; ensuring that the both of you will get a good night’s rest each and every evening. Keep in mind that the easiest way to combat a snoring problem is to apply a few minor changes to his lifestyle.
1 – Have him exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight.
Regular exercise and a healthy diet can help your husband maintain his ideal weight. By actively managing this, he will be less prone to developing excess fatty tissues that can put pressure on the neck area.
2 – Be mindful of his sleeping position.
The body experiences a state of relaxation during the state of sleep. When the muscles relax, especially those in the throat area, they are more prone to the effects of gravity when you lie down. If your husband lies on his back, the tongue may turn back into the throat causing a blockage to the throat.
When the passageway for air is blocked, this can lead to a more actively vibrating throat causing the snoring to commence. The most ideal position for sleep is laying flat on one’s stomach or laying on one’s side.
3 -Try your best to steer him clear of alcohol before bedtime.
Alcohol is a relaxant and adds to the relaxing factor of sleep. When the tongue and throat muscles are even more relaxed, it will become easier for them to collapse thereby blocking the passage of air when breathing leading to snoring.
4 – Do your best to reduce the amount of cigarettes he smokes.
Cigarette smoke causes the thinning and irritation of the lining of the throat and nasal cavity. This can cause swelling over time; not to mention promotes congestion, making it difficult for your husband to breathe. The decreased airflow can also be to blame for the incessant snoring.
5 – Eliminate any congestion within his nasal cavity.
Clear nasal passages should be maintained. If your husband develops allergies, have him use a nasal spray or take antihistamines.
If you are dealing with a snoring problem that cannot be alleviated by these methods, it would be best if you resorted to the use of commercial snore control devices. There are different gizmos that are readily available today from nasal strips to more advanced gadgets. In this case, do speak with a local pharmacist for the necessary assistance. For more severe cases of snoring, bring your husband to a doctor for a professional assessment.
Pregnancy can mean different things to different people. While everyone expects a multitude of changes during pregnancy, not many expect that they would start snoring once their baby starts growing inside their wombs. Your spouse (or anyone you live with) may suggest that you started snoring while you are pregnant. Should you start panicking? More importantly, what can you do about it? Here are some things you should know about snoring during pregnancy.
Even if you haven’t snored in your entire life, snoring during pregnancy is perfectly benign most of the time. Due to the various changes within your body, you become more prone to snoring than ever before.
Why You Started Snoring?
There are 2 common reasons behind the emergence and/or the increasing frequency of your snoring episodes while you are pregnant.
Nasal congestion– Nasal congestion is a common occurrence in pregnant women. Because of changes in hormone production, the mucous membranes in your nasal cavities begin to swell. This swelling would then restrict the flow of air in your nasal cavities. One end effect of this restriction would be snoring.
Increased weight– Weight gain during pregnancy is one of the most common reasons of snoring during pregnancy. As you gain weight, the amount of tissue in your body increases. When head and neck tissue increases, this can disrupt the flow of air in your respiratory tract. While this won’t suffocate you, this can disrupt airflow enough to create snoring.
Conditions To Watch Out For
As mentioned earlier, most of the time you don’t have to fear about anything when you start snoring while you’re pregnant. However, you have to remain vigilant, as sudden and severe snoring can be an indicator for certain diseases that can make pregnancy complicated. Here are some conditions you have to watch out for if snoring persists.
Gestational diabetes– Snoring can be a subtle indicator for gestational diabetes. This is because one manifestation of this condition is a rapid increase in body weight. As mentioned earlier, weight gain more often than not translates to snoring. For the safety of both mother and child, if snoring persists, it is recommended to monitor glucose levels to rule out gestational diabetes.
Sleep apnea– Sleep apnea is a medical condition that is problematic for both the pregnant and non-pregnant population. However, this is even more problematic for the pregnant population. During pregnancy, the mother has increased demand for oxygen. At the same time, the child inside the womb has its own oxygen demands. Sleep apnea can have devastating effects on both mother and child, so it’s a must to rule out this condition.
Preeclampsia– Preeclampsia is one of the most dangerous health conditions associated with pregnancy. Also known as pregnancy pregnancy-induced hypertension, this can cause severe swelling and multiple organ dysfunctions. One manifestation of this condition is snoring secondary to both weight gain and difficulty breathing. If snoring persists, it is important to rule out preeclampsia or conditions that may lead to it.
How To Minimize Snoring During Pregnancy
If you start snoring during pregnancy, what are the things you can do about it? Here are some effective ways to manage this.
Sleeping on your side– This sleeping position is best for keeping your airways open during pregnancy. This will negate respiratory tract constriction caused by your increased weight.
Manage your caloric intake– Excessive weight gain is linked to snoring during pregnancy. Managing your caloric intake will greatly help not just in stopping snoring, but also in preventing weight-related complications. You can also try various natural snoring solutions.
Have a medical consultation– While snoring in pregnancy is generally benign, it is important to stay safe than sorry. If snoring persists, consult your physician for a detailed checkup and to rule out potentially toxic conditions.
Nine times out of ten, snoring is an issue that can be easily addressed through treatments promoting lifestyle changes. These treatments are perfectly natural, proven to be safe, and actually contribute to an overall improved quality of life. Of course, you will have to make permanent adjustments in how you live your life, but you will find that these changes are well worth it.
Snoring often results from the narrowing of the airway, making it difficult for air to pass through during breathing. The muscles vibrate as air is pushed through them, causing the ‘snoring’ sound. Excessive weight gain is one of the reasons why the airways narrows down as fat accumulates. Hence, the only way to solve the problem is by getting rid of the fat through weight loss methods.
Weight loss requires an overall change in your lifestyle starting with the food you eat and the amount of activity you perform each day. Ideally, you should start by checking your BMI to find out how much weight you should lose. Your goal is to hit the ‘average’ range for your age, height, and gender. To do this, you need to eat less and exercise more. Fortunately, there are plenty of diet guides that can help you get started.
You might not be overweight, but your diet can still cause snoring. Some food items like red meat and milk are known for causing the problem. Cow’s milk in particular can be an allergen and cause the thickening of the air passageway. By simply removing cow’s milk from your daily diet and switching to something more snore-friendly, you should be able to enjoy quieter nights.
The good news is that many food items that help with snoring are considered healthy. For example, you can drink soy milk instead of cow’s milk. You can also swap red meat for fish, boosting your daily consumption of omega fatty acids. Change your eating habits slowly, using honey as your sweetener or drinking tea instead of coffee. These small lifestyle changes would help reduce the risks of snoring.
Housecleaning Plus Humidifier
Another probable cause of snoring is poor housecleaning habits. Dust, dust mites, pollen, and various other allergens can cause the throat to swell, making it difficult for the air to pass through. Combined with a dry weather and you will find yourself having hard time breathing.
Just make sure your house is constantly clean, especially when it comes to the bedroom. A humidifier can be placed in the bedroom to improve the quality of air and make breathing easier. Humidifiers are commonly used by people who have asthma as it makes breathing easier.
Lowering Snoring Risks: Smoking and Alcohol
Cigarettes and alcohol are also known for increasing the risks of snoring. Both manage to tighten the passageway for air, thereby causing the raspy noise during sleep. You’ve probably noticed how long-time smokers and drinkers tend to have a raspy voice as a result of damaged throat muscles. Loud snoring is often the first part of this problem developing.
Fortunately, stopping your smoking and alcohol consumption would be enough to stop the problem. Both tend to have a cumulative effect on the body which means that you cannot just stop drinking or smoking before going to bed. Rather, you will have to significantly lower your consumption of these products in order to see some positive effects. Note though that timeline is still a factor. Ideally, if you are going to smoke or drink, it should not be before going to bed. Also, it is crucial to keep yourself constantly hydrated when drinking to help with the snore.
Nasal and Oral Devices
These nasal and oral devices are supposed to be worn while you sleep. They are mainly available through medical stores but there is really no need for a prescription in order to get them. You will want to ask your physician about which one to use. The appropriate device depends on why you snore. For example, snoring on your back could indicate a problem with the position of your tongue. Snoring regardless of any sleeping position could indicate another problem.
Your dentist or physician would be able to help you pinpoint the issue and offer an excellent solution. Note though that these are essentially temporary solutions and are often given only if you cannot pinpoint the cause of the snoring. Usually, physicians would recommend this along with other natural measures such as weight loss.
When it comes to your lifestyle, not much would really change. Since you will only wear these devices during sleep, the quality of your night time rests would only be the ones affected. Of course, this could still mean several repercussions on your part, starting with those who are married or are in a relationship. While your partner may appreciate the fact that you are no longer snoring, the devices could affect sexy time. Much like dentures, you will also have to keep these devices clean and free from any germs, especially if you’re using an oral device.
Anti Snoring Pills
You will find that there are lots of anti snoring pills in the market today, most of them marketed as ‘natural’. This means that they are extracts of herbal medications that target nasal congestion and create a clearer pathway for air. Of course, you will have to bear in mind that many of these anti-snoring pills haven’t been 100% proven.
Lifestyle changes expected with anti snoring pills vary from one person to another. Mainly, what you will have to adjust to are the side effects that come with the drug. Hence, you will have to be very careful in finding out the contents of the medication to find out how it will affect you. Bear in mind that some medications should NOT be used by certain individuals. For example, pregnant women or those with diabetes may be barred from taking specific medicines.
Loud and persistent snoring can be a sign of an even bigger problem. By making adjustments in your life and living a healthier lifestyle, you should be able to beat the night time buzz.
This site CaseyDilworth.com is our initiative, a way to help the snorers and their partners find ways and means to reduce and cure the snoring, so as to improve the quality of their life and relationship both. We love to help snorers, because we have lived with and experienced the damaging effects of snoring first hand.
As we worked on this site, we realized that snoring is extremely common amongst college students. College students are under extreme stress of studies, combined with poor sleeping habits and ever increasing course work makes for a perfect sleep disorders combination.
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