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National Stop Snoring Week: Tips to prevent snoring

 

This week is National Stop Snoring Week, the annual event promoting general awareness that snoring is a condition that can be treated.

 

At Stylefast we like to promote ways to enjoy a better night’s sleep. Regardless of the comfort of your bed or the smoothness of your bed sheets you will probably struggle to sleep well if you are sharing your bed with a snorer.

 

Here are 7 tips to help prevent snoring:

 

  1. Lose weight - excess body weight, especially around the neck squeezes the airway and prevents air from flowing in and out freely.
  2. Sleep on your side - while sleeping on your back, your tongue, chin and any excess fatty tissue under your chin will probably relax and squash your airway making snoring more likely
  3. Avoid alcohol, sleeping pills and sedatives – these can depress your central nervous system and relax the muscles of your throat and jaw, making snoring more likely.
  4. Treat your allergies – if an allergy is blocking your nose you will be forced to breathe through your mouth while you sleep. Taking an antihistamine just before bedtime may help.
  5. Give up or cut down smoking - cigarette smoke irritates the lining of the nasal cavity and throat, causing swelling and catarrh. If the nasal passages become congested, the airflow is decreased making it difficult to breathe through your nose.
  6. Keep bedroom air moist - dry air can irritate membranes in the nose and throat so consider using a humidifier.
  7. Keep a regular schedule – keeping to a regular bedtime routine can help you sleep better and often minimise snoring.

 

For more information on National Stop Snoring Week and or for help with snoring visit the British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association website