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How To Sleep With A Snorer

Does your partner keep you awake all night with noisy breathing? These tips may help you get a better night’s rest. You set your bedroom thermostat to the perfect cool temperature, put fresh linens on your bed, and turned off all your electronics an hour ago. But for many people, there’s one thing about their sleep environment that they can’t control: the noise of a partner’s snoring. If this sounds like your situation and your sleep quality is suffering because of it, these tips may help you get the rest you need. Change Your Pillows Thanks to congested nasal passages, allergy sufferers are more likely to snore. Pillows, which collect dust and aren’t washed as often…

Is Snoring Genetic?

Noisy nighttime breathing is caused by some factors you can control—and others that you cannot. Learn how snoring may be passed down from parent to child. We know that curly hair and height run in the family, but is the tendency to snore inherited as well? When it comes to the type of snoring that is related to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the answer may be yes: There is a genetic connection. Here are some of the inheritable traits that contribute to OSA-related snoring: A Narrow Airway One factor that can influence a case of OSA is the size of a person’s airway. People with narrower throats are more susceptible to snoring or OSA, and this trait…

The How-to Guide for Earplugs

These noise blockers can help mute the sounds of a bustling hotel or a snoring spouse. Here’s how to get the most out of them. Whether you’re trying to score a little extra sleep at an airport lounge or hoping to catch a little shut-eye with a house full of youngsters, earplugs can be your best friends. These small buds can improve sleep quality even in the toughest places, like the intensive care unit of a hospital. But with multiple types available, which one is right for you? Follow this guide for what to buy, and when to use them. If You’re Flying… Those who fly frequently know that the benefits of a pair of earplugs…

5 Lifestyle Changes That Reduce Snoring

Put an end to noisy nights and restless sleep with these easy-to-follow tips. There are some nighttime noises you can’t control, like a rowdy roommate, the neighbor’s howling dog, or cars on a nearby highway. Luckily, you can turn down the volume on one of the most common sleep-disturbing sounds: Snoring. These simple lifestyle tweaks can help lower the odds that you or your partner will be jolted awake by the gasps and snorts of nighttime snoring, ensuring better sleep for both of you. Switch Up Your Sleeping Position Lying on your back may be comfortable, but sleeping this way could lead to snoring. That’s because it places your body in a position where…

Do Men Snore More Than Women?

There are definite gender differences when it comes to those sleep-disrupting sounds. Discover the biology behind this middle-of-the-night disturbance. Nearly 90 million Americans have a habit of snoring in their sleep—and for many of these noisemakers, there are exasperated partners wondering whether he or she will ever sleep through the night again. When it comes to the sex divide between the snorers and the ear plugging partners, who snores more? While both men and women do it, statistically speaking the louder sleeper is likely to be male. The issue goes beyond just a little night noise: About half of snorers may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition that’s also related to sex. OSA, which affects…

How to Treat Snoring

Snoring is common, affecting as many as half of adults at one time or another. But when it happens all the time, it isn’t just a nuisance for those who are trying to sleep within earshot. It can cut into everyone’s sleep quality—including the person who is snoring. And it can be a marker of a more serious sleep problem like obstructive sleep apnea. Luckily, there are things that you can do to clear the air. Sleep on your side. If you’re a back sleeper, your tongue may fall back into your throat, partially blocking the airway and leading to noisy breathing and snoring. To re-train your body, borrow a trick from pregnant women, who are also…

Surgery for Snoring

For people with severe snoring problems, it can sometimes feel like there isn’t any way to fix the issue. So when nothing else works, it’s obvious why someone might consider surgery. Which kind of surgery is best? That depends on what is making you snore in the first place. Take a look at some common procedures below. One type of surgery for snoring focuses on the soft palate on the back of the roof of your mouth. When you snore, that area vibrates, causing the noise. So the idea is that if you make the palate stiffer, there will be fewer vibrations (and therefore less noise). You can opt for radiofrequency palatoplasty,…

What is Sleep Apnea?

Learn the signs that may point to this condition.   Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night gasping for air? Does your partner complain about your incessant, loud snoring? Do you feel more tired in the morning than when you went to bed? Then you could be one of the 18 million American adults who have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is a condition in which the upper passages of your airways close up, cutting off your oxygen and interrupting your breathing until you wake up and start breathing again. The only way to confirm whether you have sleep apnea is to take a sleep test, where experts record what happens while…

Improve Your Snoring …and Reduce Your Chances of Sleeping on the Couch

  Snoring is common, especially as we get older. While it rarely bothers the actual snorer, it can be a huge annoyance to the person sound asleep next to you. Sure, sleeping in separate rooms is one solution, but let’s explore a few other options first:  Make a lifestyle change: That’s right – drinking alcohol, smoking, and taking muscle relaxants or sedative medications can worsen snoring. Try abstaining for a few days and see if you notice any improvement.  Try a new sleeping position: For all of you back sleepers – unfortunately, you are more prone to snoring. There is an array of positioning devices available to help you stay off your back. For those interested in…

Why People Snore

The reasons behind one of the noisiest (and most frustrating) nighttime issues   Chances are, you know what snoring sounds like and how annoying it can be to listen to. But why does it happen? That is less well-known. The basic reason for the rumbling is tissue in and around the upper airways that, during the act of breathing, vibrates. Those vibrations are what produce the sound. It isn’t always the same body part vibrating—it can be the tongue, soft palate, uvula, tonsillar pillars, or other areas. And although it seems obvious, it’s worth noting that nobody snores when they are awake. This is because when you sleep, the muscles relax in your body, including…