Stop Snoring blog

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A major cause of disharmony in a marriage and a growing crisis among couples happens while you sleep.

Traditionally, what happens is one partner nudges or calls the others name which then helps your partner realizing they are snoring and then they turn onto a side to stop snoring. Most people snore only while lying on their back. Snoring can lead to you or your partner waking up grumpy and even may lead to staggering your bedtimes so that the non snorer could fall asleep first, which over time may drive a wedge between couples.

If this is happening to you, you are not alone. 45 percent of normal adults snore occasionally and 25 percent snore every night. Most snoring is caused by the muscles in your mouth, tongue, and throat relaxing to the point that they vibrate against each other and partially block the flow of air while you sleep. Anything that further relaxes those muscles, like alcohol or contributes to the blockage, like extra fat, can make snoring worse.  Snoring can be a sign of a serious condition called sleep apnea, in which the obstruction is so complete that the snorer quits breathing for seconds at a time. If you think you have sleep apnea, you should see your doctor.

The fact that so many people snore or live with a snorer may be comforting to know you are not alone, but there is help and it doesn’t’ come in the form of separate rooms.

Snorers are more of a menace to others than to themselves.  So they often don’t see the need to correct their problem until they get into a relationship that affects the sleep of their partner. Severe snorers have many options available to them, from medical procedures like Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty to breathing devices like the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine. Snorers can also choose from a multitude of so-called remedies from late-night infomercials that make claims of “all natural” and “FDA-approved.”

Most people don’t want a miracle they just wanted an easy, inexpensive remedy that would help cut down their snoring—quickly.  Here is a review of some of the most popular methods and one that I think is a clear winner.

Nasal Clip

There are many nasal clips on the market selling for around 15 to 20 dollars. They claim to cure snoring by using rare earth magnets. These magnets put pressure on your septum, which supposedly increases circulation in your nose and promotes the opening of your nasal passages to help cut down on snoring. The clips often hurt to wear, feel invasive, and may make your partner laugh at you, which would be worse then the snoring you are trying to stop.

Generic Mouthpiece

Custom made dental devices like Snore guard and Silent nite, are supposed to help severe snorers by keeping their jaw in the same position during sleep that it is in during your awake hours. These mouth pieces are more expensive then the simpler boil-and-bite mouthpieces that are found at many sports stores. Besides looking mean you may have a tendency to slurp throughout the night and end up waking with dry mouth. That dry, rubbery taste may last throughout the next day, even after brushing your teeth. And guess what…your snoring really never stops.

Breathe Right Strips

If you have watched a pro football game in the past decade you will recognize Breathe Right and other nasal strips. These strips cross the bridge of your nose and stick to your nostrils, lifting open the nasal passages to make it easier for you to breathe through your nose. At a cost of 15 to 20 dollars for 30 strips they have their obvious problems. They’re an expensive full-time habit, and they often peel off after an hour or two, plus they leave strip marks on your face the next day. It would be cheaper to use a piece of Scotch tape on your face.

You still will snore throughout the night however may wake up a little more refreshed because of more oxygen to your body.

Marjoran oil and electric aromatherapy diffuser
In the aromatherapy world, marjoram oil is known as a respiratory aid and a soothing agent. It is non-invasive and it only cost of about 20 dollars. The smell of strong herbs like rosemary, can be overpowering and nauseating but really does nothing to stop your snoring.

Anti Snore Therapeutic ring

For about 50 dollars, you get a thin sterling silver ring with two acupressure balls on the underside. The ring goes on your left-hand pinkie finger and is supposed to stimulate your heart meridian and give energy to something called your “upper Jiao” The ring is so easy to use, slip it on 30 minutes before bed, and take it off in the morning. Your pinkie finger may be sore the morning in the spot where the balls pressed against it. This ring may work a little and you will feel good in the morning. Whether it’s a placebo effect, or an energized upper jiao? It’s worth a try.

Tennis ball

This snoring cure will cost you about 3 bucks for a can of 3 tennis balls.  You put a tennis ball in a sock, and then safety pin or sew the sock to the middle of the back of a T-shirt. When you sleep in this T-shirt, it’s painful to sleep on your back, so you turn on your side, where you’re less likely to snore. If you sleep with the sock enough, you will begin to associate sleeping on your back with pain, and you won’t need the T-shirt anymore.

This remedy works immediately. Make sure the sock can’t move too much and that it rests in the middle of your back.  This to me is the clear cut winner and is inexpensive and at the same time helps to modify your sleeping habits so that you and your partner get a great nights sleep and you wake up refreshed and well rested in the morning.

I hope this helps you with a great nights sleep for you and your partner.   If you have any stop snoring tips you would like to share, I’d love to hear about them.

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