Once your sleeping pattern has been disrupted you start struggling to fall asleep, you probably already know that you need to reassess the basics. Are you going to bed at the same time each night? Are you giving your brain and eyes a rest from the computer screen and phone screen? Do you have a certain pre-bed routine? Are you getting enough daylight?
If you have ticked off all of these questions and you still find that there is a struggle when it comes to falling asleep then it might be time to think about not only why you are unable to sleep but also how you are going to reclaim your sleep. It might be that you need a new bed and the time has come to start the search for new beds for sale, or you could be suffering from a sleeping condition without realising it.
There are so many factors that can disrupt your much-needed downtime. But one that you might be overlooking, the one factor that might be exceptionally difficult to overcome, is snoring. That ragged, rattling breathing is not only making sleep difficult for your household and partner, but it can also be a debilitating sleep disorder.
Regardless of how careful you are with your sleep patterns, your routines, your nightly activities, if you are snoring you are likely to suffer from sleep that could be better. But all hope is not lost.
Why is snoring such a big deal?
There are many consequences related to snoring and since snoring is so common among the general population, many people are spending their day to day life suffering from these consequences.
“Did you know that around 45% of adults snore?”
Snoring is basically the vibration of the tissues which is caused when air is inhaled through the mouth or nose but it cannot move freely. While snoring can happen at any age, it is sometimes caused by the ageing of nasal and sinus tissues which means that you can start snoring later in life. Snoring can also be caused by the position in which you sleep, the way that your mouth is structured, certain medications, sleep apnea, and weak muscles in the tongue or throat, along with other causes.
There is the common misconception that snoring is not a serious condition. But just because you are snoring doesn’t mean that you are not going to be suffering from the consequences of this disorder. If you are snoring on a regular basis you might find that your quality of sleep begins to suffer and that your health starts being affected.
Snoring can have an impact on different stages of your sleep cycle, which is something that you’d much rather it didn’t do. You see, our bodies go through around 5 different stages of sleep during the night, and these stages are alternate between deep sleep and lighter sleep. Basically, the two stages of sleep that are the most important, REM (Rapid Eye Movement) and NREM (Non-Rapid Eye Movement) sleep are the two that are the most affected.
This means that when you snore, your high-quality sleep is immediately interrupted. And when your quality sleep is interrupted, you will begin to suffer from the consequences which will reflect in your day to day life. Headaches, chronic tiredness, weight gain, difficulty concentrating, and irritability are just a few of the consequences of snoring. But then there are also more serious conditions such as an increased chance of having a stroke, an increased chance of having heart disease, and the possibility of developing serious mental health conditions and depression, are just some of the concerns to consider. There is also the issue of relationships being affected as snoring is bound to make your partners sleep uncomfortable which can lead to strain in the relationship.
Although this sleep condition sounds like something you will have to suffer with for the rest of your life, there are a number of things that you can do to improve the disorder.
How can you stop snoring?
Many people feel as if they are trapped in a cycle of bad sleep when they suffer from snoring. But there are quite a few simple tricks that you can use to improve the condition.
- Exercise more
Most of the tips to stop snoring lie with making the necessary lifestyle changes. Exercising more is one of those changes that you can make. When thinking about exercising you might only be thinking about building muscle in your arms and legs but that is not the full extent of your work out. When you exercise you can also improve the strength in your throat which will go a long way towards helping you to stop snoring.
- Find out if you have allergies
Allergies can be very problematic when you are trying to get some good shut eye. Allergies are known to disrupt sleep, which is why when you are looking for a new bed you should look for one that is made with allergy-free materials. If you suspect that allergies might be causing your snoring, or if you want to remove all of the possible causes of the snoring, you might want to get tested to see which allergies might be affecting you. If you find that you have allergies, you will be able to remove those allergens that are disturbing your sleep.
It might also be helpful if you use a decongestant before you go to bed each night.
- Make sure you drink enough water
You might easily overlook the need to stay hydrated throughout the day as a way to improve your sleep but it is a very important factor to consider. When you are not getting enough hydration, your nasal passages can become clogged up with the fluids in the nasal passages. This, in turn, leads to snoring as it constricts the flow of air.
- Remove the dust
Keeping your sleeping area dust free can also eliminate the snoring. Dust and dust mites can make allergies flare up and this can lead to snoring. Be sure to dust your bedroom at least once a week and either clean or replace your pillows often.
- If all else fails, buy an oral aid
Sometimes the problem is a little more complicated than just making these few adjustments. Sometimes you need to have a little more aid. There are quite a few mouth pieces on the market that are designed to reduce your snoring, and if you aren’t sure which device is best you can always talk to your doctor.
Snoring is a pain but it doesn’t have to be when you know how to tackle it. If your snoring is badly affecting your life and you cannot come up with a solution, remember that it is always best to consult a professional.
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