Snoring is caused by air vibrating in the upper respiratory tract. There are many recommended snoring remedies, but which are the most effective?
According to the National Sleep Foundation, 90 million American adults snore sometimes, and 37 million people snore on a regular basis.The causes of snoring are usually not serious. However, it may indicate that changes to lifestyle would improve a person's health.
The following lifestyle changes and tips may reduce or stop a person's snoring.
1. Losing weight
Overweight individuals are more likely to snore. Fatty tissue and poor muscle tone, particularly around the throat, contribute to snoring. Eating a calorie-controlled, healthful diet and regularly exercising are the best ways to lose weight.
2. Sleeping on one side
A person is more likely to snore if they lie on their back, which can cause the tongue to move to the back of the throat. This makes breathing harder and can cause the vibrations of snoring.
Sleeping on one side may allow the air to flow more smoothly, reducing the vibrations. This may either stop the sound of a snore or make it quieter.
3. Quitting smoking
In addition to harming overall health, smoking irritates the airways, and this can make snoring worse. If a person smokes, quitting may help them to snore less, if at all.
4. Avoiding alcohol
Drinking a significant amount of alcohol relaxes the throat muscles. When these muscles relax, they are more likely to vibrate.