Four Ways to Combat Snoring
Do you have a snoring problem? Actually, to find out the honest answer, it might be better to ask your partner instead. Regardless, snoring is a nuisance, and according to the National Sleep Foundation, over 37 million Americans are regular snorers. Now, there’s a host of gimmicks out there and remedies to help mitigate snoring; some work, some don’t. Here are 4 ways to combat snoring that you shouldn’t be skeptical of.
1. Try a New Pillow
How long has it been since you’ve changed the pillow you sleep with? According to The Huff Post, you should be changing your pillow cover every three weeks and replacing the actual pillow every three months. If it’s been a lot longer for either, it might be what’s causing the snoring. Dust mites, which many people are allergic to, can accumulate in a pillow over time. Also, look at the type of pillow you’re sleeping on. If it’s too flat, it won’t elevate your head enough to alter any nasal issues.
2. Clear Those Passages
Speaking of nasal passages, one big cause of snoring is the obstruction of them. To open them up, take a hot shower before bed, rinsing with a saltwater solution while you’re in there. Also, you can give the tried and true netipot a whirl. If those don’t tickle your fancy, there are nasal strips on the market that claim to reduce that awful snore.
3. Mix Up Your Body Position
If you sleep on your back and you have an issue with snoring, how about switching over to your side. Sleeping on your back creates smaller passages in you’re throat, which can be the culprit. Having issues becoming a side sleeper? Try a body pillow, as it’ll support your entire body. Also, if you’re fancy, and have one of those adjustable beds, raise up your head to see if that creates any improvements. If, regardless of sleep position, there’s still snoring, it might be a bigger problem like sleep apnea, in which case go see the doc.
4. Stay Hydrated
It seems like having ample water in your system is good for a lot of things, huh. If you’re dehydrated, secretions from your nose and/or throat become sticky, which can lead to louder snoring. Add in alcohol, and it can sound like you’re snoring via surround sound. Also, keep the air nice and most via the use of a humidifier.
Now, these steps may not completely eliminate your (or your partner’s) snoring, but it should help reduce it. Have any other ways that have proven to help deal with snoring? Let us know!