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Causes Of Snoring And How To Treat It

Aug 17, 2007
Treatments or anti-snoring devices have a big and profitable market. Even a cursory glance at the Internet can reveal the hundreds and thousands of websites touting products that have been designed to help people who wish to stop snoring. However, a lot of the heavy snorers can help themselves to reduce their own volume but following a few simply tips that can help to deal with snoring.

The first important thing to note is that most of the so-called snoring "treatments" are not treatments in any sense of the word. They are actually lifestyle changes that address snoring indirectly by attacking presumed causes. For example, a common cause of snoring is obesity or excess weight.

There are many people out there who never had a problem with snoring but as soon as their weight ballooned, they started snoring. In case this sounds to similar to your case then the simplest thing to do is to lose that additional weight. You do not have to gain a lot of weight before snoring beings. Even a gain of as little as ten pounds can get you going at night.

In case there is no problem with excess weight then the next most likely cause of snoring can be an allergy. While this is a common problem and in most cases an avoidance of allergy leads to reduction in snoring, the problem is finding out exactly what you are allergic to. It could be dust, pet hair, environmental pollution, cigarette smoke, etc. If you have a pet, keep it outside. If you are sensitive to some plant aromas then get rid of them. Use air filters to clean cigarette smoke and other pollutants. Keep the bed-sheets and blankets clean.

Another common problem is a bad sleeping position. A majority of snorers sleep on their back. If you do the same then try sleeping in a different position. This can be difficult, as the body tends to revert to its habitual position soon after sleep but keep trying. Also, try to raise your head by the use of an additional pillow. Sometimes, an elevated head position can be of great help.

A lot of snoring results from a dry throat. If you wake up to find your throat parched and painful and perhaps a difficulty in swallowing due to roughness then you have a dryness problem. Buy a humidifier to keep the air moist in your bedroom so that the airways do not dry out.

Alcohol is a very powerful dehydrating agent. People with snoring problems should strictly avoid alcohol before going to bed. Alcohol causes water to evaporate very fast. If you have it before going to bed it will mix with saliva and completely dry out the mouth and upper throat.

And lastly, there are always anti-snoring devices for you to try out before going for prescription drugs.
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