Five Simple Ways to Prevent Snoring
- Posted on: Sep 15 2015
Usually, you need not be too concerned if you or any of your family members snore while sleeping unless others get disturbed by the sound. However, in some cases, it can be a symptom of “sleep apnea” that is a serious medical condition. Sleep apnea is a condition where a person may stop breathing for approximately 10 seconds at a stretch while sleeping. Sleep apnea may cause severe dips in the oxygen level in your blood leading to high blood pressure or stroke. So anyone who has the habit of snoring regularly should be evaluated by a medical practitioner so that this condition could be ruled. If sleep apnea is not the cause of your snoring, there are other techniques that may help reduce or eliminate the problem.
• If you are overweight, lose weight: Excess body weight can reduce the airway and thus increasing the probability that the tissues would rub to each other.
• Do not sleep flat on your back: People who have a tendency of sleeping flat on their back usually snore more. Be careful of the body posture while sleeping.
• Avoid or limit intake of alcohol or sedatives just before going to bed: If you consume alcohol or take a sedative just before going to sleep, the airway relaxes, which may lead to snoring.
• Stop smoking: Smoking not only contributes to various types of respiratory problems but also leads to lung and nasal congestion that can ultimately lead to snoring. So you must try to quit smoking as early as possible.
• No secondhand smoke: Secondhand smoking is quite harmful and may cause snoring in the same manner as actual smoking does. So you should motivate your loved ones to avoid smoky bars and restaurants and quit smoking.
For more information on snoring, contact Dr. Marais. We are located in Harrow, U.K. and can be contacted at 020.8872.3838. We look forward to hearing from you.