Here is a list of ten excellent snoring remedies that will show you how to avoid snoring. So if you (or a bed partner) have ever asked, "How can I stop snoring?", here's your answer.
This list is important. Why? Because there are over 300 pills, sprays, and gadgets of one form or another that have been registered in the U.S. Patent Office as snoring solutions.
The majority of these pills and sprays do not provide lasting snoring relief.
Now don't get me wrong. Some are worthwhile.
For example, a mouthpiece for snoring can be an excellent stop snoring aid for many people. And there are a few other snoring aids (nasal devices) I've seen that keep the airway open and help with snoring.
Below I've listed a combination of lifestyle changes...as well as devices...such as the stop snoring mouthpiece you will see when you click that Stop Snoring and Start Living banner above to your right.
That unique mouthpiece, by the way, is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as an anti snoring mouthpiece. It may also help with obstructive sleep apnea.
It can be difficult to find the right stop snoring solution for you. Once you do, it can change your life.
So I've given you multiple choices here to help you improve how you sleep...and lead you to a healthier life.
Just by looking at the list in my article, what causes snoring, you can see that your best stop snoring solution is to cut back on the booze.
The reason to do so is because alcohol is a sedative. It relaxes muscle tone in the throat and suppresses breathing. As the muscles relax, the airway passages get thinner, which in turn leads to snoring. Alcohol also swells tissues in the throat.
It can't be stressed enough—alcohol is a major factor in snoring. If you drink alcohol, and don't intend to quit, stop drinking at least three hours before going to bed...preferably four hours before sleeping.
And by the way. I recently read on a sleep forum where someone recommended drinking alcohol before bedtime as a great way to get to sleep. For most people, this is bad advice.
Alcohol can initially put you to sleep. But you'll set yourself up for sleep maintenance insomnia just as soon as the alcohol wears off in the middle of the night.
Also, because alcohol is a diuretic, it can cause you to wake up to go to the bathroom.
Anything that makes you drowsy can cause your muscle tone in the throat to relax and lead to snoring. Thus, you need to stay away from prescription sleeping medications, over the counter sleep aids, and tranquilizers.
Keep in mind also that allergy medications that contain antihistamines have a sedating effect and can make you drowsy. That's why, if you're taking anti-allergy drugs, it's important to talk to your doctor and let him or her know about your snoring.
Allergies can make the nose and throat swell making breathing difficult...and cause snoring. The doctor can prescribe a medication that has less of a sedating effect, yet still deals with fighting the allergies.
Along with cutting out alcohol, losing weight may be the best stop snoring aid available to you. And it doesn't even take a large amount of weight loss to begin reducing the snoring.
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As long as you don't sleep on your back, it doesn't matter what side you're on. Most snorers sleep on their backs, which is the worst possible position.
That's because in that position, the tongue slides back into the
throat, blocking the airway. So if you want to know how to avoid
snoring, sleep on your side or stomach.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you don't want to worry about changing your sleeping position, how about getting a new pillow that will alleviate your snoring no matter what side you sleep on?
This pillow, called The Snore-No-More, is designed to reduce airway obstruction, in addition to improving your sleeping posture.
For back sleepers: the pillow helps elevate the chin off the chest — keeping the airway open so that snoring is less likely.
For side sleepers: the curved roll under your neck keeps the jaw forward, the head from rolling, and the neck from kinking, which opens up the airway path.
The pillow positions the head and neck in a sleeping posture that reduces blockage of breathing passages. Breathing becomes much easier and silent.
This anti snoring pillow is composed of memory foam, which gently molds and conforms to your every move for correct sleep posture. The main material used to create this pillow to stop snoring, is a space age cushioning material developed for NASA.
It has a fluid flow, with self-molding characteristics, reacting to body temperature — maximizing sleeping support and comfort. It's even manufactured with a 100% hypo-allergenic premium pillow foam, eliminating any allergies to feathers or fiber core pillows.
To view this very affordable alternative to mouth pieces and other gadgets, head on over to Amazon.com. Some people love this pillow, some people don't.
No, the tennis ball doesn't get stuffed in the snorer's mouth. Although I'm sure you'd love to do that if you sleep with someone who snores like a jet engine!
Instead, here's a trick that is often recommended because it works to keep the snorer from sleeping on their back. Sew a pocket or two onto the back of the pajama tops. Then put a ball or balls into the pockets.
During sleep, if the snorer rolls over onto their back, the discomfort from laying on a tennis ball or two will force them to their side or stomach. (That beats getting a punch in the ribs from their bed partner!)
Don't want to hassle with sewing? Then I recommend you check out the Rematee sleep solution you see below. Over 1,700 sleep doctors recommend Rematee.
If what you've tried before hasn't worked for your snoring, this device will force you to sleep on your side. Which in turn may put an end to your snoring once and for all.
You can check it out at Amazon here:
Actually, playing tennis isn't such a bad idea for someone who wants to know how to avoid snoring. Any physical activity is good.
Regular exercise keeps the heart fit, builds muscle tone, promotes better breathing and lung function, and helps with weight loss. This in turn can help to stop snoring or at least reduce it.
Cigarette smoke swells the mucous membranes of the throat. In addition, it limits oxygen intake to the lungs. And if that isn't bad enough, smoking can cause blockage in the nose and throat.
All of these are factors that can lead directly to snoring. Smokers who snore are literally playing with fire.
For more information about snoring and smoking, see my article Do You Snore and Smoke? Then Try This for Help With Snoring.
Recently a reader sent in this question: "Can a good bed help with snoring?"
The answer is Yes!
If your mattress sags in the middle like the back of an old horse, this will effect the position of your neck when you're sleeping...and block the airway in the throat. Sleeping on a good, medium-firm mattress is important if you want to know how to avoid snoring.
And speaking of your bed. Once you've got a nice, medium-firm mattress, raise the bed up by about four inches. This will help keep the throat tissues and tongue from plugging up the airway because you won't be lying in a flat position. Simply take a couple blocks of wood or bricks and raise the legs at the head of the bed.
Several studies have shown that for people with a bad back, a medium-firm mattress layered with memory foam is the best mattress for back pain.
So now the question is, where do you get a great mattress?
Mattress shopping is a gigantic headache and mattress stores make it ridiculously difficult to have an easy shopping experience.
I've written several articles on mattresses, memory foam, and memory foam toppers.
If you are in need of a new mattress, I highly recommend you read my article, What is the Best Mattress? It shows you what mattress companies don't want you to know and shows you where to get a luxury mattress and save over $1,000 in the process.
Also, I learned that health book author, television celebrity, and cardiologist Dr. Oz ranks a mattress company called MyEssentia.com on his #1 hot list.
That link takes you right to Essentia's home page, if you're interested.
They claim they are the ONLY natural memory foam company in the world. It's a bold claim. However, I must admit they have a superior product. The downside is, very expensive.
Essentia memory foam mattresses and pillows use organic fabric and natural, allergy-free latex. They are also free of toxins and glues.
They don't stink and put off offensive chemical odors like other memory foam mattresses. They provide superb comfort. And they are good for the environment. Imagine that.
They even have natural crib mattresses for the ultimate in health and comfort for the little ones of the household.
Both Saatva and Essentia are eco-friendly, green companies. Their mattresses, however, are completely different.
If you want to go directly to the Saatva website without reading my article, click here.
And in case you're thinking of buying a memory foam topper, better click that link to read my article on what to look for in choosing a topper...and where to get a good one.
Here's something most people don't know: sleep deprivation can actually cause snoring.
So either go to bed earlier or sleep longer. The key is to make certain you're getting enough sleep. How much is enough? It varies from person to person. However, shooting for eight hours of sleep every night is a good goal.
And finally, if you want to know how to avoid snoring, develop a good sleep routine. Go to bed at the same time every night. Have some quiet time before bedtime so you can wind down and sleep well.
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