Are you finding it hard to sleep through the loud, disruptive snores of someone else? It can be a bit alarming to have to convince someone that their snoring is preventing you from getting the rest that you need, but if you come to the table armed with solutions, the conversation could go much easier.

To keep yourself from snoring, make sure your nasal passages are open. Clogged or constricted noses can cause snoring. When you catch a cold, clear your nose with a neti pot, humidifier, steamy showers or vapor rubs. An alternative to these treatments is to use nasal strips. These strips open up the nasal passages which allow better airflow.

If you snore, sew a tennis ball on the backside of your shirt. The reason for this is that it will prevent you from sleeping on your back, which is the main position that a person snores in. If you do not have a tennis ball, you could use a baseball.

If you are a smoker that snores, your cigarette habit may be a large part of the problem–go ahead and quit. Smoking causes a great deal of damage to the respiratory system and increases the amount of mucus in your airways, which can lead to snoring. Kicking the habit may nip your snoring problems in the bud.

If your child snores, make an appointment with your pediatrician. Nose and throat problems as well as obesity are often the cause of snoring in children. Obtaining treatment for these underlying conditions can help your child stop snoring and get a good night’s sleep. In addition, serious or bothersome health problems can be corrected simultaneously.

To keep yourself from snoring, eat your largest meal of the day at least a few hours before bed. If you hop into bed with a full stomach, it will apply pressure to your diaphragm, pushing it up and narrowing your air passageways — and making you snore. Eat earlier so you can digest your food — and not snore.

To deal with snoring and its effects on your relationship, have a clear talk with your partner if he or she is not being very nice to you because of it. Just because you’re snoring doesn’t mean that your partner should yell at you in the middle of the night. You need to take the step to stop snoring and your partner needs to be understanding, especially if you’re doing what you can to remedy the problem.

It should not be surprising to read that losing weight will help to reduce snoring. This is common advice for snorers and the reasons are simple. If you have extra fatty tissue around your neck, this restricts your airway. Your muscles are weaker and your throat is more likely to relax and then, close up when you fall asleep.

As you can see, there are a lot of things that could be causing the snoring, and there are just as many if not more possible solutions. Armed with this information, you can have a much more productive discussion about how to fix the problem so you can both sleep easy tonight.