If nighttime in your home is rarely restful because of the slumber “noise pollution” you create, perhaps it’s time to see a doctor to find a solution that will allow you to sleep better and your family members to finally get the peace and quiet they need. Your loud snoring may be caused by a health problem and it’s always better to identify it right away so you can implement some life changes that will correct that — or perhaps, there’s just something wrong with the way you sleep, but that should be corrected, too.
Snoring is never an indication of good quality sleep. In fact, snoring, especially the incredibly loud type, means that you’re having a hard time breathing – something is blocking your air pathway. If this is the only reason why you create so much noise at night while sleeping, an easy solution most sleep specialists recommend is a stop snoring mouthpiece; it’s a quick and very affordable remedy that works for most people.
The new mouthpieces that stop snoring are believed to be more comfortable – they cause less soreness on the tongue and jaws because of their better design and materials. However, there are still some things that you can do to make them even more comfortable to wear throughout the night and minimize soreness the following day. Listed below are some of the things that you may want to try.
- Some people complain of dryness around the mouth after wearing the mouthpiece – you can treat this dryness by applying some lip balm before wearing the device. The hydrating properties of the balm will keep your lips moisturized even if you breathe through your mouth the entire night.
- Another thing you can do to prevent mouth dryness while wearing the mouthpiece is to drink lots of water.
- Use a really good mouthwash (or toothpaste) that’s known to fight bacteria build-up in the mouth throughout the night. This may not do much in making the mouthpiece more comfortable to wear, but you get the peace of mind that not a lot of bacteria is breeding in the device as you sleep.
- There are those who claim that exercising their jaws, mouth and even tongue prior to wearing the device can reduce the soreness the following day. It wouldn’t hurt to give this a try.
- For jaw soreness, a face massage can restore flexibility and get rid of tension knots around the jaws.