Are you a snorer? If you snore while you sleep, it not only causes a disruption in your sleep but may also affect your partners. Snoring is typically a symptom of an underlying health problem. If you snore throughout the night it can leave you feeling tired and irritable. There are some remedies that can be purchased over-the-counter that claim to prevent snoring, however there is no evidence of its effectiveness. The best way to help prevent snoring is with a change in lifestyle.  Finding a way to prevent snoring will give you and your partner a healthy and restful night's sleep.

Sleeping Position

The position you sleep in has a direct impact on whether you snore.  Those who sleep on their back are usually the snorers, since the muscles in the back of your throat and tongue become relaxed, your tongue can fall back partially blocking the airway that will, in turn, cause the vibration that is characteristic of snoring.  Sleeping on your side can help reduce snoring.  This will clear the airway and help you breath properly while sleeping. Also, elevating your head slightly will help to clear your airway allowing for easy breathing.  However, if you do sleep on your side with your head elevated and snoring persists, you may need to look at other lifestyle changes in order to stop the snoring.

Inhale Steam

Nasal congestion due to a cold or allergies can increase your chance of snoring while you are sleeping since it can restrict breathing.  Inhaling stream through your nose right before bed can clear out nasal passages and allow for easier breathing throughout the night.

Lose Weight

Having additional weight can cause excess neck tissue that can increase a chance of a snoring problem.  Lying on your back with additional weight causes the excess weight to press against your lungs reducing the quality of your sleep.  Being overweight will make you more susceptible to snoring, which will decrease the quality of sleep and leave you feeling tired.

Avoid Alcohol

Alcohol may help you fall asleep more quickly, but it does not mean you get a better night's sleep.  Alcohol can increase snoring because it tends to suppress your breathing and enhances the relaxation of the muscles in the back of your throat that can cause you to snore.

Change Your Pillows

Allergens in your bedroom and in your pillow may contribute to snoring. When did you last dust the overhead ceiling fan? Replace your pillows?  Purchasing a Nature's Sleep Pillow that is anti-microbal, anti-dust mite, anti-bacterial and allergen resistant may be the solution to your snoring issue.

Following these steps can help stop you from snoring and achieve a better night's sleep.  Getting a good night's sleep will help you concentrate throughout the day and stay alert and focused.  It can also be very positive for your disposition!  Sleeping all night long will leave you feeling refreshed and restored.

If snoring persists, see a doctor to rule out other health issues that may be contributing to snoring.