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Tired of Snoring?


Our health is at its peak in our youth but as we age, various diseases start to appear making living quite unbearable at times. Yet regardless of whatever discomfort you are feeling, sleep offers the luxury of forgetting about them even for just a short while. Unfortunately, some conditions can catch up to you even in your sleep. It can make sleep a harrowing experience for you and the people around you and not provide the bliss slumber is supposed to give.

Snoring is one of those inconveniences you like the least. Just hearing that awful snoring sound can get on your nerves and make you lose precious sleep even more. Meanwhile, snorers may not be aware they snore in their sleep but the danger of sleep apnea can’t be ignored anymore. The breathing pauses aren’t just inconvenient but outright dangerous since your unconscious body have to decide which one to prioritize, sleep or oxygen. But is there really a way for you to put an end to snoring when you feel you’ve had enough of it already or are you stuck with it for your lifetime?

So what can you do to stop your partner from making a run for the ear plugs?

“Nasal strips don’t always work. Instead try lifestyle strategies to help keep your airway open and help you stop snoring,” Consumer Reports Health Editor Diane Umanski said.

Like easing a stuffy nose, elevating your head and sleeping on your side, avoiding alcohol at least four hours before bed, quitting smoking and losing weight can help.

“If these steps don’t work, it’s probably time to call a doctor who can test you for obstructive sleep apnea or OSA,” Umanski said.

OSA, marked by breathing stops and starts during sleep, occurs when something partly or completely blocks your airway. It affects 34 percent of men and 19 percent of women who snore regularly and can heighten the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, cardiac arrhythmia and hypertension.


Anti-snoring mouthpieces and mouthgards help correct inborn anatomical deficiencies by keeping the airway open, leaving you able to breathe freely in your sleep and get rid of the deadly breathing pauses that characterize sleep apnea. These devices are handy alternatives to CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure that is the ideal conventional treatment for sleep apnea yet is not always the most comfortable one. You can avoid going under the knife to deal with sleep apnea, so better discuss your options with your doctor before making any decision.

Try these natural solutions and lifestyle changes to help you have a quieter nights sleep and bring your partner back to the bed tonight too.