Tossing, turning, awake deep in the night – any of these sound familiar? Well if you’re a snorer, they’re probably all things your partner goes through on a nightly basis. Sleeping in the same bed as somebody who snores can be frustrating, and when it comes to the next day, it makes the limitless things you need to get done even harder. If you’re a snorer, and want to make your partner’s life easier by allowing them to have a good night’s sleep, there are some things you can do to stop yourself from snoring when you finally fall asleep.
The first thing you can do is clear your nasal passages before you go to bed. A stuffy nose makes it difficult to inhale air, and even creates a vacuum in the throat that leads to snoring. You can clear your nasal passages the old fashioned way, but if that doesn’t work, try nasal decongestants or nasal strips. That should do the trick!
The next thing you can do to stop snoring is keep the air in your bedroom moist. This may sound kind of ridiculous, but it really does help. Dry air has a tendency to irritate the membranes in the nose and throat, which eventually leads to snoring once you fall asleep. You can moisturize the air in your room by using a humidifier.
Another thing you can try is changing your sleeping position. Elevating your head at least four inches may ease breathing and keep your tongue forward. Keeping your tongue away from your throat is a good way help stop snoring. You can do this by using multiple pillows or getting a special elevated pillow.
Finally, there’s an old tennis ball trick that is sometimes helpful for stopping your snores. If you tend to sleep on your back, then try taping a tennis ball to the back of whatever shirt you’re sleeping in. When your sleeping self naturally turns you on your back, causing a long night of snoring, the tennis ball will make your body uncomfortable. At this point, your unconscious self will turn to a different position – hopefully halting your snoring.
Your partner deserves a good night sleep, and so do you. If snoring is getting in the way of that, try one of the above methods to get you to stop snoring. If you’re interested in learning more about helping you and your family, try reading our free eBook, 6 Tips to Get Your Family to the Dentist.