Snoring can really put a lot of stress on a marriage or close relationship. If you share a bed (or sometimes even a house) with another person and you have a loud snoring problem, you can quickly become very unpopular. Lack of sleep can make the nicest person surly.
If you are a snorer and you value your intimate relationships, you would do well to solve your problem. There are medical treatments available, naturally; however, you may be able to make a significant difference in your snoring with some simple steps you can take at home.
First, take an honest look at yourself. Are you overweight? If you are, that may be the cause of your problem. This is especially true if you have a significant amount of weight around your neck and face. When you lie down, flesh around your throat can press on your airway and cause snoring. This is not only disruptive for others, it is dangerous for you and can interfere with your breathing.
Being a healthy weight is a good thing all around, so if you are carrying extra weight, take the steps necessary to deal with it. It’s a win-win pursuit that will do you good even if it doesn’t stop your snoring.
Are you a smoker and/or drinker? These habits can also cause you to snore. Smoking interferes with your breathing and irritates the tissues of your mouth, throat and lungs. This can cause or exacerbate a snoring problem. Just as with being overweight, smoking is detrimental to your health. Taking the steps necessary to quit can only make matters better, regardless of whether or not it stops your snoring.
Alcohol relaxes the muscles and tissues in neck and throat and can cause you to snore. This also interferes with your airway and can cause you to have trouble breathing. Again, quitting drinking can only do you good.
While trying these snoring solutions that incidentally improve your overall health and the quality of your life, you might also with to add a little light to moderate exercise. Fifteen or twenty minutes of enjoyable exercise every day tones your muscles and benefits your respiratory system. This could work wonders in stopping your snoring.
Practicing deep breathing exercises also improves muscle tone in the nose, mouth and throat and helps you build up a strong respiratory system. Hatha Yoga is a good choice for people wishing to learn some good deep breathing techniques.
Being in good physical condition will give you the tools you need to tackle your snoring problem successfully and improve your life in general. If you try these tips in earnest for a couple of months and see no improvement, see your doctor for further assistance.