For the purpose of this article, let’s consider snore cures as anything that has been shown to be effective against snoring. Snoring, as you may well know, is a condition wherein a sleeping person produces a loud sound while breathing – caused by the vibrating of tissue in their airway. Included in the many causes of snoring are poor sleep postures, alcohol addiction, smoking, sinus infection, cold, asthma, allergies, aging and hereditary problems.
Some people snore because they have some structural problems in their airway (for example, a swerved septum). These issues can often be corrected through surgery or drug therapy. However, we urge you to consider all your options before taking such drastic steps as surgery and / or drugs. These options could have long-term negative effects and the outcome is not always as desired. There are also several snoring cure exercises and home snoring remedies that can be effective in treating snoring.
Snore Cures – Sleep Posture
Improper sleeping position is one of the common causes of snoring, so to cure snoring, you may simply change sleeping positions. Many people tend to sleep on their back, but this commonly triggers snoring. Sleeping on your side is the best way to prevent snoring. This is because sleeping on your side can lessen the blockage of airway in the throat. If you’re not comfortable sleeping on your side, sleeping on your stomach also works well in preventing snoring.
Snore Cures – Avoid Alcohol
Alcohol combined with unhealthy habits will surely disrupt your normal sleeping patterns as well as worsen your snoring problem. If you suffer from snoring, it is strongly recommended not to drink alcohol for 3 to 4 hours before you sleep. Alcohol can damage the central nervous system and may cause excessive relaxation in the nose and throat muscles, thereby leading to increased snoring.
Snore Cures – Clear Nasal Passage
You don’t have to be told that if your nose is stuffed, it’s going to play a factor in increased snoring. This is because when the nose is blocked, people tend to breathe through their mouth, where the tissue is weaker and tends to be looser. If you’re suffering from a blocked nasal passage due to allergies or a cold, try flushing out your nasal passages with a saline solution (water and salt). You may also want to try sleeping with a humidifier on in your room or using over-the-counter nasal drops if you’re uncomfortable with a saline solution.
Snore Cures – Lose Weight
Obese or overweight people are the most prone to experience snoring. This is because many obese people have excess soft tissue in the lining of their throat, which impedes breathing. Secondly, extra weight puts additional pressure on the lungs and reduces the ability to pull in enough air. Losing weight can surely help to avoid snoring but it will also go a long way to giving you a healthy and fit body and likely a better disposition.
Snore Cures – Anti-Snoring Devices
Some anti-snoring devices available on the market are snoring pillows, chin straps, mandibular advancement splint or a CPAP device.
- Snoring Pillows – are specifically designed to put the patient’s head in a position that allows for the opening of the airway during sleep. These offer a simple solution to snoring.
- Chin Straps – are used as an alternative to a dental device such as the mandibular advancement splint. Chin straps are ‘worn’ externally and applied to the lower half of the patient’s face. They prevent the patient from breathing through their mouth during sleep, thereby eliminating snoring.
- Mandibular Advancement Splint – this device is worn inside a patient’s mouth, connected to their teeth. The idea is that the device brings the lower jaw forward ever so slightly, which in turn pulls the tongue forward slightly. Often times this is enough to prevent snoring.
- CPAP devices (continuous positive airway pressure) – these devices, used commonly in patients suffering from sleep apnea, provide a continuous flow of air into the patients’ airways, thereby keeping the airway open and free from snore-causing blockages.
- Nasal Strips – these simple little strips have proven very effective over the years. A small elastic fitted with a piece of plastic on the inside is attached to the patient, about midway down the nose. The nasal strip pulls the nasal passage open, creating a free-flow of air.
If you suffer from snoring and you’ve tried all the less invasive snore cures listed above, it may be time to see a physician. As snoring can be a sign of more serious problems, you don’t want to take it too lightly. When in doubt, ask your family doctor what can be causing your snoring and what can be done about it.