Wednesday, November 7, 2012

How to Stop Snoring at Night Without Medication

This article is all about severe snoring, not the kind of occasional snoring that we all suffer from time to time. Severe snoring is where the sufferer snores every single time they fall asleep and continues throughout the night. The noise is so loud that it upsets their sleeping partners, so that they don't get a good night's sleep either.

I know that we all make a joke about snoring in bed, but believe me, it's no joke. Many couples sleep in separate beds because of it, and this certainly doesn't help any relationship. It can get so bad that many couples split up over snoring in bed at night! And it has huge physical and mental health implications as well.

You don't want this to happen to you, so you need to take action right away if you, or your loved one, is suffering from night snoring to such an extent that it's affecting your relationship.

First let's look at what causes night snoring... First up, an obvious thing really when you think about it: you only snore when you're asleep. You can't snore when you're awake. By underlining this, it makes the understanding of the cause of snoring easier.

Snoring is caused by you breathing in and out through restricted airways. When you're asleep, particularly on your back, all the muscles and soft tissue in your airways relax. In this way they tend to ease into your airways and restrict air flow.

This restricts the space available to the air that you inhale and exhale through the airways. This causes the air to flow faster, and as it flows over your relaxed tissue restricting your passageway, the tissue causes turbulent air flow. This turbulent air acts then sets up vibrations in the tissue. And these vibrations cause the horrendous snoring sounds.

Now let's look at how to stop snoring at night...

Since you can't actively try to control your snoring whilst you're asleep, you need to set-up your preventative measures before you sleep.

Firstly, have a word with your doctor about your condition. He or she will be able to assess how bad your snoring is and be able to explain your treatment options. Being fully aware of this is a big step forward in your battle to stop snoring.

You then need to seriously look at your lifestyle in terms of smoking, weight reduction, alcohol avoidance, no late meals, avoid tranquilizers, introduce a strict sleep schedule, different sleeping position, etc.

The other thing you need to do is to get acquainted with the stop snoring devices available to buy over-the-counter and online. There are many, including snoring mouthpieces, nose strips, snore pillows, etc.

Home remedies for snoring are also well worth considering. These include herbs, homeopathy, aromatherapy, acupuncture and acupressure, etc.

Finally, you have the option of surgery to stop snoring at night. This would only ever be used where the case is very severe and where all other treatment options had proved ineffective.

By following these five steps on how to stop snoring at night, both you and your partner will be able to enjoy a good night's sleep.

Source:  BufordSummers, Articlealley