Can’t seem to stop snoring at night?
You’re not alone, if so. Approximately 45% of adults snore on occasion. And while it’s certainly easy to joke about someone’s snoring habit, this phenomenon is actually more serious than you think.
In fact, about 75% of people who snore while they sleep have a condition called obstructive sleep apnea, which causes one to stop breathing for short periods during their sleep.
It’s clear that snoring is maybe more than just an annoyance for your sleeping partner — it can actually be detrimental to your health and well-being. Here’s a look at three of the best ways to stop your snoring habit in its tracks and enjoy better, healthier sleep:
Did you know that drinking water throughout the day can help reduce your snoring? When you’re dehydrated, the normal secretions in your nose and soft palate become stickier, which in turn leads to a higher likelihood of snoring. WebMD recommends that women drink about 11 cups of water per day, while men should drink 16 cups.
Practice good sleep hygiene
No, this doesn’t mean showering before bed will keep you from snoring. Sleep hygiene essentially means getting a good amount of sleep at night, every night. If you work a long shift without getting enough sleep beforehand, for example, you’ll be overtired when you finally get to sleep. Overtiredness is linked to overt muscle relaxation, which, in turn, leads to snoring. Additionally, laying in bed for 15 to 20 minutes without sleeping has been shown to make it more difficult to fall asleep. To avoid these problems, experts recommend you get seven to eight hours of sleep per night.
Adjust your sleeping position
Lastly, the incline at which you sleep may actually be able to help you stop snoring. Adjustable bed systems that allow you to elevate your head while you sleep have been shown to help keep the nasal airway passages open, which in turn may help prevent snoring. These beds also support the top half of the body like a couch or chair, may prevent the discomfort and tension that come along with uncomfortable sleeping positions.
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