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  • Home remedies for stopping snoring
    By Health Blog on May 30, 2010 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    Do you often find your spouse sleeping in a different room? If the answer is yes, then the most likely reason is the annoying melodies produced by you when asleep. You might be able to sleep well with this music, but it can make your spouse pull out his/her hair in bunches. Wondering what is being referred to as music here? In lay man’s terms, it is called snoring. The only instrument you need to play it is your own throat. Though it is common, it can be disastrous to relationships. It has driven some people to the extent of taking a divorce on grounds of snoring.

    This is an indication of a malfunction in your body. Many people who have studied snoring in depth have found that it may be a sign of diabetes of obesity or something much more serious like a serious heart condition that has gone undiagnosed.

    Not alone is your partner’s sleep affected, but even you will often have to turn and find a better sleeping position to avoid snoring. All this might be done by you thoroughly unaware that it was snoring that woke you up in the first place. The most vital organ of the human body, the brain, need a constant supply of sufficient oxygen to prevent damage to itself. Snoring occurs only when you obstruct your own windpipe. Thus the brain gets alerted and wakes you up from deep slumber to open up the blocked air passage. You may not even know that you had woken up. But your partner who lost her sleep would watch the entire event.

    Snoring leads to various complications like lack of sleep, headaches right in the morning, irritability, lightheadedness etc and spoils your entire day. Now that you know the various ill-effects of snoring and have realized that it is not to be ignored, let us look at some simple but effective cures for it.

    controlling snoring

    controlling snoring

    To treat snoring, first we have to know the cause. The chief cause of snoring is relaxation of throat muscles. These tend to relax when you are sleeping, and if they are too relaxed because of fatty tissues, they will obstruct the passage of air to the lungs. Air that is moving in and out, makes these fatty tissues and throat muscles vibrate, which produces the annoying sound. So we have zeroed down on the cause. Let us find a cure for it.

    Being overweight is one of the main causes of snoring. Sagging of throat muscles is caused by the fat tissues that build up around it. So the simplest way to prevent snoring is to monitor your weight. Consume a healthy and balanced diet and exercise to keep the muscles toned. After a certain stage, you will finally stop snoring or at least reduce it to a tolerable level to satisfy both your spouse and you.

    The following are some other remedies for snoring that can be practiced from home.

    1. Do not smoke – These tend to make your throat muscles relax a bit too much

    2. Do not consume alcoholic beverages – They too tend to over-relax your throat muscles.

    3. Eat light and healthy – Heavy dinner causes sagging of throat muscles

    4. Do not take sedatives – Throat muscles relax more than required.

    5. Don’t lie on your back – Moderate snorers stop snoring when lying on their sides.

    6. Get a small comfortable pillow – Large pillows feel comfortable but increase tendency to snore

    7. Elevate your bed – Inclining your bed to a small angle with the upper torso elevated is effective in checking snoring. You can elevate it with a pair of old hard-bound books.

    That is it. They might sound simple and easy to practice. But they work wonders in curing snoring. Have a good night’s sleep.

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