Most people snore, but some do it a lot more. However, if you think that you snore excessively in your sleep and you really want to reduce it, then read this article for some suggestions on what to do.
If you smoke and are plagued by snoring issues, try to stop smoking. Smoking causes the throat tissues to become irritated, and this can lead to a swelling of your throat. One of the major causes of snoring is a swollen throat.
It might sound like a prank your sibling would have played on you as a child, but singing may actually cure your snoring problem. Singing will build up the muscles in your throat over time. The stronger your throat muscles are, the less likely you are to snore. There are also some musical instruments that you can play, such as a saxophone or trumpet, that will work to strengthen the throat muscles.
Avoid using illegal drugs. They can cause you to snore, let alone the other health hazards they create. Drugs, such as marijuana, are similar to those drugs that relax you. Pain killers do this too. Feeling relaxed may be great while awake, but when sleeping, it can cause you to snore.
Talk to your doctor about prescription medicines that might cause you to snore. The side effects of many prescription drugs can cause you to snore, or make your existing snoring more severe. Pain killers, antihistamines, sleeping pills and muscle relaxers usually relax your muscles, causing a restricted airway. Airways that are too narrow cause snoring.
One way to decrease the occurrence of snoring, is to eat smaller portions at dinner. A large meal close to bedtime fills up the stomach. This pushes your diaphragm up, causing pressure and obstruction to your airways. Snoring is often caused by reduced airflow through a narrow throat.
Do not exercise too much before you go to bed for the night. Exerting yourself in any manner near bedtime can lead to shortness of breath when it’s time to go to sleep. This will narrow your air passages, and you will snore during the night.
Use a humidifier in your bedroom to help reduce snoring. A humidifier will moisten the air in your bedroom. When you inhale moist air, your nasal passages, throat and airway are moisturized. This will help to reduce your snoring.
If you regularly snore, you might want to carefully consider what you eat immediately before you go to sleep. Sedatives, muscle relaxants, and alcohol will all have an extreme loosening effect on your throat muscles. The result is that the muscles sag inwardly, blocking air and leading to snoring. In order to stay hydrated, drink water before you go to sleep.
Snoring is often caused by eating dairy products, even when lactose intolerance is not present. This is because dairy products encourage phlegm production, which in turn, obstructs your airway both in your nose as well as in your throat. If you currently enjoy a glass of warm milk before bed, try replacing the milk with tea, and see if your snoring improves.
Before you go to bed, swallow one or two spoonfuls of honey. For some people, eating a small amount of honey before bed can decrease snoring. Honey has a variety of uses in folk medicine, so it’s not surprising to hear of one more.
Interestingly, it is possible to eliminate snoring using a tennis ball. Simply pin or tie a tennis ball onto your pajamas, at the site of the small of your back, before bed. Whenever you feel the ball, it will prompt you to turn to the side, instead of sleeping on your back. Side-sleeping significantly reduces snoring.
Now you know that snoring is a condition that you can manage and possibly prevent, even though it occurs when you are asleep. Take what you’ve learned in the article above and apply it to your daily life to reduce the effects of snoring.