My husband used to snore so loud that I wasn’t able to sleep at night! We sent him to a sleep clinic and he received a CPAP machine, and now we both get a sound sleep nightly. Read on for some tips to help you overcome your snoring problem and get some shut-eye.
If you have problems with snoring during the colder winter months, consider purchasing a humidifier. If you allow the humidifier to remain on in your bedroom while you sleep, you may notice less snoring. The moisture in the air reduces congestion in your chest and reduces the breathing difficulty that can lead to snoring.
One of the most common mistakes people make during the evening is eating a huge meal in the hours before their bedtime. If your stomach is filled to capacity with food, it will take up more space and press up against your diaphragm. This has the unfortunate effect of making it difficult to breathe as you lie on your back.
If you smoke, quit. Smoking causes respiratory issues, and may actually be causing your snoring problem. To relieve that nighttime rattling, put down the cigarettes. Not only will this help quiet your snoring, but you may also find yourself getting better sleep overall, since nicotine is well-known for disrupting sleep patterns.
Do not hesitate to make a doctor’s appointment during your pregnancy, if you begin to snore, or your snoring is above normal. Expectant mothers will often snore, but if you begin to have sleep apnea, you may be restricting the oxygen your baby receives through the night. Consult your doctor to make sure that this will not become a serious problem for your baby.
Elevate your head while you sleep, to reduce snoring. Use a very thick pillow to support your head. If necessary, use two or three pillows to get the desired elevation. By elevating your head, you will keep your airways open, which helps to cut down on snoring.
The side-effects of some medications can cause dry or inflamed airways. Mucus is created from the inflammations and can block airflow which, in turn, results in snoring. If you are currently taking medicine, find out if any of its side-effects could be a cause of your snoring. If so, see if your doctor can suggest alternative medications without the side-effects.
In order to reduce snoring you should not drink alcohol or take any kind of sedative or relaxant, including antihistamines for several hours before bedtime. Any of these things make the muscles in your body relax. Relaxed muscles close up your airway even further than normal. The blockage can cause snoring or make it worse than usual.
When my husband had his test I decided to get my own, only to find out I have a similar condition. While a CPAP machine can seem scary at first, I’ve fallen in love with mine and couldn’t sleep without it. Using the tips in this article will help you to get things under control just as we have!