If you’re keeping the rest of the family awake when you go to bed, it may be time to address your snoring. Not only will your family appreciate being able to sleep in peace, you may find that you’re getting a better night’s sleep than you have in years.
The first thing that you want to do is to ensure that your snoring isn’t caused by sleep apnea. Ask your sleeping partner if they’ve ever noticed you holding your breath while you’re asleep or gasping for air. This, combined with loud snoring, is a good indication that you’ve got sleep apnea, a condition which requires immediate medical treatment.
If your snoring is not caused by sleep apnea, there are a few things that you can do to make nighttime more pleasant for everyone in your household. Here are a few natural tips that your chiropractic team suggests to help prevent snoring:
- Take a shower before bed. As a lifelong allergy sufferer, I was surprised to discover a few years ago that showering at night caused a decline in my snoring habits. A few months later, I discovered why—because showering removes allergens from the body which make it difficult to breathe. What could be simpler?
- Change your sleep position. Sleeping on your back blocks your airway more than any other sleep position you could choose. Instead, try rolling over to your side to keep your airway free and your breathing easy.
- Invest in a neti pot. A neti pot can clear out and rinse your nasal cavity, leaving your nasal passages free for breathing, reducing your body’s desire to open your mouth during sleep. A side benefit is that any potential allergens will be rinsed away as well.
If you’d like to learn more about how to sleep better, contact your chiropractic team. They’ll be able to help you track down the cause of your snoring and explore with you the ways that you can combat it. Remember, a good night’s rest won’t just benefit you—your whole family will sleep better.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
Photo credit: Snoring in the sunshine. by Neil Moralee. Used under a Creative Commons license.
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