Snoring is standard, and usually, it is not anything to worry about, and there are treatments to help with the problem.
The following lifestyle changes can help reduce or reduce snoring
- Lose weight in case your above 25 or 30 BMI
- Try sleep on your side, try a bed wedge or buy a special pillow to help you sleep on your side
- Avoid smoking
- Try not to drink too much alcohol
- Don’t take sleeping pills; sometimes, they can cause snoring
- Suggest your partner earplugs for better sleep
Your tongue, throat, mouth, or nose airways make your nose vibrate as you breathe and become snoring. These body parts often relax and narrow while sleeping, leading to snoring. You are likely to snore, if:
- You are overweight
- You smoke
- You abuse alcohol
- Sleep on your back
In rare instances, sleep apnea, a condition where it blocks your airways temporarily while you are asleep, can also make you snore.
The treatments depend on the cause, so a doctor will suggest you accordingly.
- If your tongue partially blocks the back of your throat, a doctor may prescribe a device to wear in your mouth that helps to bring your tongue forward.
- If your mouth falls while you are asleep, the doctor will suggest a chin strap that helps to hold your mouth closed.
- If you have a narrow or blocked nose airway, the doctor might prescribe nasal dilators, sprays that help widen inside your mouth, or strips that help hold your nose open.
Reviewed by – Dr. Priyanka, MBBS MD Microbiology
Page last reviewed: 16 JULY 2022