Snoring can be annoying and embarrassing if you share a room with someone, and can prevent them from sleeping well. Even more importantly, when someone snores, this is usually a sign of a more serious health problem. This article delves into both the causes of snoring, and treatments that may help you snore less.
In order to effectively stop snoring, it is important for you to figure out what is causing it in the first place. For instance, there are medical problems, including sleep apnea, that can cause snoring. The only way to diagnose these is to see your doctor and begin treatment. If you do, it could actually make your health worse.
Ironically, sleeping pills can cause you to snore and refraining from using them can reduce the amount that you will snore. Sleeping pills work, in part, by causing relaxation of all of your muscles. The muscles in your throat and soft palate, which are responsible for holding your nasal passages open, will also sag. The outcome of this is that you end up snoring.
Clearing or opening your nasal passages can keep you from snoring. Having a nose that is clogged or constricted can contribute to snoring. If you are suffering from a cold, try using a vapor rub, humidifier or a neti pot to clear the blockage in your nose. You may want to consider using nasal strips as a means to opening up your nasal passageway, which allows you to breath easier.
Avoid illegal drugs at all costs. Illegal drugs can contribute significantly to your snoring issues. Marijuana can affect you the same way legal prescription medications do; it relaxes you. Pain killers, bought illegally on the street, will also have the same effect. This relaxation that illegal drugs provide might feel good before you go to sleep, but once you get to sleep, that same effect will cause you to snore.
Now, hopefully, you have a good idea of why you, a relative, or your significant other may be snoring, and what you can do about it. The information provided here can help with common snoring complaints, but if you are concerned that there may be a serious underlying issue relating to your snoring, it is important to consult a physician.