Holistic Hints for Snoring

Almost half of the adults in this country snore occasionally. Maybe you get a little more melodious after a few drinks, or perhaps you saw some logs during allergy season. If your snoring is an occasional hassle that’s not the result of a serious medical condition like sleep apnea, here are a few easy ways to treat it so everyone can sleep better.

  • Hint number one- Lose some weight. If you’re carrying around a few extra pounds then chances are you’ve got some fat deposits in the back of your throat. Trimming your waist may be all it takes to stop your snoring.
  • An inviting bed.Hint number two- Switch up your sleeping patterns. Back sleepers are more likely to snore than those who lie on their side. If you find yourself rolling onto your back in the night, sewing a tennis ball into the back of your pajamas will keep you from switching in your sleep.
  • Hint number three- Take care of your body. Going to bed when you’re over-tired or pushing yourself too hard at work is a recipe for hard sleeping, which leads to looser muscles while sleeping and eventually snoring. Learn to set limits on how much you do each day.
  • Hint number four- Hit the shower. Taking a shower before bed removes the allergens you’ve picked up throughout the day. You may also want to consider investing in a neti pot to keep your sinuses clear, so your nose won’t clog up while you rest.
  • Hint number five- Time to change the sheets. Wash your linens at least once a week and be sure to clean your pillows regularly. Placing them in the dryer every couple of weeks will keep dust mites under control and replacing them once a year will help you breathe better.
  • Hint number six- Drink lots of fluids. Bodily secretions in the nose and mouth become stickier when they’re not properly hydrated, which can lead to snoring. Try to drink plenty of water every day to avoid this problem.
  • Hint number seven- Avoid alcohol. Even people who don’t normally snore can have snoring problems after a few drinks. That’s because alcohol loosens the muscles in the back of the throat. Alcohol also interferes with your sleeping cycle, so avoid excess alcohol at all costs.

If you want to learn more about any other wellness topics, schedule a visit to your chiropractor’s office. Your chiropractic team can advise you in a wide variety of health topics. Whether you want to learn how to quit snoring, lose weight, feel better, or stop smoking, your chiropractic team can help by working with you on a realistic plan. Your chiropractor’s not magic, but with your determination, he or she can help you reach a wide variety of wellness goals.

 

Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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