How to Stop Snoring
Do you snore? Many people claim they don’t,
but it’s estimated that 45% of the population snores at least occasionally, and
that a whopping 25% of us are habitual snorers. Snoring can interrupt our own
sleep and that of those around you. It may even be a symptom of a serious
medical condition. The Mayo Clinic lists a number of factors that may cause you to snore, including:
of the mouth. An elongated uvula can
obstruct airflow and increase vibration, resulting in snoring. A low
soft palate or enlarged tonsils or adenoids can narrow the airway. Overweight
people often have extra tissue in the back of the throat that reduces airway
septum. If the partition between your nostrils is
crooked or off centre, it can cause breathing problems.
alcohol relaxes throat muscles, consuming it before sleeping can exacerbate
- Smoking. Smoking
irritates and inflames throat tissue.
congestion. Problems such as sinus infections increase the
risk of snoring.
apnea. Snoring can also be a symptom of obstructive
sleep apnea, a condition that affects a small percentage of the population.
The Effects of Snoring
While snoring is sometimes used for comic
effect in entertainment, the truth is that it can have a damaging effect on
your life and that of your spouse or partner. Sleep is crucial to cognitive
function and physical and mental health. We know that animals who go without
sleep experience shortened life cycles. But snoring can interrupt the natural
cycle of sleep and leave both you and your partner sleep-deprived.
While we sleep, we cycle through phases: Stages
1 through 4, followed by REM (or Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. If something occurs
to interrupt this cycle, we may never get to experience deep sleep. Snoring can
pull you (and your partner) out of the cycle and send you continually back to stage
Sleep deprivation can cause temporary difficulties
with attention/concentration, irritability and mood swings. It has also been
associated with serious health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and
depression. According to Psychology Today,
one partner’s snoring can put a great strain on a relationship, and
can lead to separate bedrooms and a loss of intimacy.
Pillows to Reduce Snoring
One of the simplest ways to reduce snoring is
to switch from a regular rectangular bed pillow to a therapeutic cervical
pillow. A properly sized cylindrical pillow will fit and support the natural curve of the
neck, gently stretching neck muscles and opening the spaces between vertebrae. When
the neck and spine are in alignment, the tongue and lower jaw are brought
forward, and air can flow freely through the passages at the back of the mouth
and nose. The soft palate and uvula no longer vibrate, and snoring may be
users who switched to cervical pillows reported a significant reduction in
snoring, and a resultant improvement in quality of sleep. These changes help to
revitalize relationships and lead to happier, healthier lifestyles.
how a sized therapeutic cervical pillows can help you stop snoring. Try one today, and
let a good night’s sleep revitalize you!