Some people talk in their sleep. Some people walk while they’re asleep. And some people, well, they kind of sound like a stranded whale, or a machine being fed to another machine.
Snoring — whether it’s occasional or habitual — is never a good thing. Even when William Shakespeare made it sound so lyrical in King Henry IV: “Hark, how hard he fetches breath,” snoring is still pretty awful. When you snore or your partner snores, no one gets a good night’s sleep. In the long term, this could lead to serious health conditions, in addition to ruining what could be the best relationship you have in a long while. So stop snoring. And use these fast five remedies.
1. Get the right anti-snoring mouthpiece.
A mouthpiece or a mouth guard has, traditionally, been used by athletes to protect their mouth during close contact with other teams on the field or on the court. But the device has also been reconfigured to help snorers.
The result is the stop snoring mouthpiece, which can clear blocked airways and help snorers — and those who sleep beside them — finally get restful sleep. Be sure to choose a mouthpiece that doesn’t hold your jaw in place because this could lead to a sore jaw the next day.
2. Sleep on your side.
It is believed that you reduce snoring when you lie on your side, instead of sleeping on your back. Sleeping on your back makes the base of your tongue as well as the soft palate collapse on the back wall of your throat. This leads to the vibrating sound we recognize as snoring. Try to place a body pillow to ease into this position.
3. Try not to drink alcohol four hours before sleeping.
Alcohol, aside from making everything seem dandy, can depress your central nervous system and relax your throat and jaw muscles. This leads to snoring. So if at all possible, drink spirits and beer several hours before hitting the sack.
4. Regulate sleeping schedule.
Although this may seem almost impossible if you happen to keep odd hours because of your job, following a regular sleep schedule could stop you from snoring.
5. Hydrate the whole day.
So drinking enough water, it turns out, isn’t just great for keeping youthful skin, but it could also reduce, if not stop, snoring. When you’re dehydrated, secretions in the soft palate and the nose become stickier. This leads to more snoring. By drinking 11 cups or water (for women) and 16 cups (for men), you stay hydrated enough once you turn in and you reduce any chance of snoring.