When the sound inside your room during the night can cause your partner or the whole neighborhood to stay awake all night, then you need to take the right action. You need to find ways to stop your snoring problem. However, before you can stop snoring, there is one thing you need to know: the cause of snoring. Here are the ways to stop snoring with respect to its causes.
How to stop snoring caused by nasal congestion and allergies?
Snoring occurs when there is an enlargement of adenoids and/or tonsils. And, this is usually the result of nasal congestion and allergies.
Snoring caused by nasal congestion can be stopped by taking decongestants. You may want to consult your doctor to know the particular decongestant that is right for your condition. Saltwater nose drops are also effective to remove nasal congestion. There are commercial saltwater solutions that can be bought at drugstores but you can also make one for you. Mix ¼ teaspoon of salt to 8 ounces of sterilized water to flush out the congestion from your nose.
Meanwhile, snoring caused by allergies can be stopped with antibiotics. Normally, when the nasal congestion or allergies stop, snoring stops too.
How to stop snoring caused by obesity, poor healthy lifestyle, and irregular sleep?
Obesity can cause snoring by blocking your air passage with fat concentration. Also, excess fat can develop at your stomach that causes your diaphragm to work irregularly. So, the best way to stop snoring that is caused by obesity is losing weight through regular exercise and proper diet.
Poor healthy lifestyle such as excessive drinking and smoking can trigger snoring. Alcohol causes a partial collage on your airways (from lungs all the way up to your nose) which can immediately start snoring. Cigarette smoking on the other hand causes blockage on the small vessels of the lungs and swelling on the tissue in the throat and mucus membrane in the nose. Both can cause sleep apnea. Avoid excessive intake of alcohol and excessive cigarette smoking before sleeping.
Irregular sleeping can result to instability in breathing during asleep. So, it is important that you sleep for at least 7 to 8 hours during the night.
How to stop snoring caused by sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition characterized by loud snoring with periods of breathing interruptions. These interruptions are caused by irregular breathing patterns. This results to snoring and poor sleep.
To stop sleep apnea and snoring altogether, you should quit smoking (if you smoke), lose weight (if you are either obese or overweight), stop using sleeping pills and medications with antihistamines, and stop sleeping on your back instead, sleep on your side.
Other ways to stop snoring are the use of commercially available anti snoring products such as homeopathic throat sprays and tablets, throat sprays, sleeping pillows, nasal strips and dilators.
These products may or may not stop your snoring. This is obviously because there are certain reasons as to why you snore that may not be stopped from the outside. Reasons such as obesity and sleep apnea can be cured differently (as mentioned above).
If you snore and would like to try any of these products, evaluate first the reason why you snore. Only go for these products if you think they can help you.