Why do you want to stop snoring? Is it because you wake yourself up in the middle of the night? Or because your loved ones can’t sleep; therefore, they’re less than enthused with you in the middle of the night? Whatever the reason, you’re here because you want to learn how to stop snoring. Lucky for you, this can be achieved in a few easy steps, and a few more complicated, yet important processes.
But first, you might be wondering why it’s important to stop snoring, especially if you just live alone. It doesn’t affect anyone, right?
“Up to half of all American adults snore.”
But we’ll stick a pin in that for now. Let’s get to the reason you’re here.
How to stop snoring in a few easy steps
Disclaimer: These are a few home remedies proven to work for some, but not everyone. In no way are some of these actually “easy” by definition, but they’re fairly accessible. Sometimes, finding treatment may require help from a medical professional.
Limit alcohol consumption
Limiting the amount of alcohol you drink per day will help reduce snoring. This isn’t just a campaign against alcohol for no reason, there’s science behind it. One of the most trusted sources, WebMD, says, “Alcohol and sedatives reduce the resting tone of the muscles in the back of your throat, making it more likely you’ll snore” (Chang, 2012).
Sleep on side
To fix snoring, it might be as simple as changing your sleeping position. Do you sleep on your back or on your stomach? Don’t do that. Healthline.com suggest, “Sleeping on your back sometimes causes the tongue to move to the back of the throat, which partly blocks airflow through your throat. Sleeping on your side may be all you need to do to allow air to flow easily and reduce or stop your snoring” (Cirino, 2019).
This one’s not an easy one by any means, but it is easily accessible. It doesn’t require a gym membership or fancy equipment, clothing, or workout videos, but it requires intentionality. Now, it is true that people of all sizes snore, so this is more about cause and effect. If you’ve noticed snoring as a symptom post-gaining weight, it might be worth looking into. WebMD says, “If you’ve gained weight and started snoring and did not snore before you gained weight, weight loss may help” (Melone, 2012). They then go on to say that weight gain around the neck tightens the throat, leading to snoring.
Get sleep disorder treatment
If your snoring is related to a sleep disorder like sleep apnea, it’s imperative to seek a diagnosis and treatment immediately. Lucky for you, the ENT Institute has a sleep department that treats this very thing. It may not be necessarily “easy”, but we offer same-day appointments all through Atlanta, so it’s easily accessible.
Get allergy treatment
“Allergies can reduce airflow through your nose, which forces you to breathe through your mouth. This increases the likelihood that you’ll snore” (Cirino). And as you might already know, it’s always allergy season in the south; whether it’s pollen, dust, or pet dander.
Causes of snoring
The factors for snoring are many and fairly common. It’s a wonder all of us don’t snore.
- Sleep deprivation
- Sleep apnea
- Weight gain
- Sleep position
Now, you might be wondering exactly what sleep apnea is all about.
Sleep apnea causes
The reason sleep apnea is important to understand is that it can lead to further health issues, some of them more serious than others. Snoring just so happens to be a symptom of sleep apnea, not always though.
Here are some health risks of sleep apnea:
- High blood pressure
- Heart issues
- Acid reflux
- Weight gain
- Accidents due to lack of sleep
So yes, snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea, but here are a few more symptoms that you should know:
- Stop breathing for 10 seconds while sleeping multiple times a night
- Extreme tiredness during the day
- Lack of focus during work or school
- Waking up gasping for air
Same-day day snoring and sleep apnea treatment in Atlanta
If you suspect sleep apnea, the best solution is to come to us for a same-day sleep study. From there, our specialists can determine if you have sleep apnea or another form of sleep condition, then prescribe a treatment plan.
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Written by Sonia Hamidi, Au.D., CCC-A The New Normal Our world has significantly changed over the course of the last few months. COVID-19 has created
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