If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten. This is especially true when it comes to health matters, and that includes snoring.
Read on to find out about some of the simple changes you can make in your daily life that can have a myriad of health benefits as well as helping you improve the quality of your sleep.
Most people like to enjoy a little alcohol from time to time, even the Pope drinks wine. As far as I’m concerned what you do is your own business, but drinking too much alcohol or drinking too often can contribute to snoring.
How it works is very simple. Alcohol causes your body to relax, particularly your muscles. This includes the muscles around your airway. When the muscles around your airway relax too much, airway constriction can occur because the muscles stop supporting themselves fully and things get away from their proper places.
I’m sure that at some point in your life you’ve seen someone just snoring away with their mouth open after having a few too many drinks. They looked pretty relaxed didn’t they? Yes, they were too relaxed. Relaxation is great for getting to sleep at night, but try not to do it this way.
So what can you do? If you drink alcohol regularly you can reduce the amount you drink or how often you do it. One option that most people find easy is to stop drinking a couple hours before bed. Don’t just keep on going until you crawl under the covers. Take it easy with the alcohol and you may be surprised with the result.
Everybody already knows that smoking is bad. I’ll spare you the lecture. If you are a smoker then you may want to consider quitting. In addition to the numerous well-known benefits of quitting, it can also give you some relief from snoring.
Smoking is not one of the major primary causes of snoring, but it certainly doesn’t help you in this area. Tar is one of the culprits here. Tar buildup throughout your respiratory system can irritate those sensitive tissues as well as slowly but surely making it harder for air to pass through. The other way smoking contributes to snoring is through inflammation in your airway. Smoking may be enjoyable for some, but it still affects you no matter what.
All of the chemicals in cigarette smoke can irritate not only the tissue in your respiratory system, but also your mouth and throat. As you already know, whether you snore or not often has a lot to do with your mouth and throat.
So the million dollar question is what you can do if you are a smoker. Obviously you could quit, but I realize that is much easier said than done. Another option is simply cutting back how much you smoke. This isn’t a particularly fun route either and I’ve personally seen it backfire more than a few times.
One more thing you could think about is switching to some kind of electronic cigarette. There are plenty of debates going on right now as to whether they are safer or not, but it’s still something to think about. If nothing else, don’t smoke immediately before bed.
I could tell you about the benefits of weight loss all day and I still wouldn’t be able to cover all of them. This applies to everyone who even just has a few extra pounds sticking around.
Did you know that a loss of as little as 10 pounds can reduce or eliminate snoring? Most of us have at least 10 pounds we could lose, and honestly of those who have lost weight, I’ve never met somebody who wasn’t happy with the result.
If you want to use weight loss as a snoring solution, you don’t have to look like you should be on the cover of a fitness magazine in your undies. All you have to do is get started and go from there. Like I told you, as little as 10 pounds can make a world of difference in how much you snore.
In today’s ultra-fast paced society, it’s very easy to forget about the simple things. There are just so many things to think about and plan for all the time that sometimes we get sucked into the whole fly by the seat of your pants lifestyle for months or even years at a time.
So what can you do to make sure your modern lifestyle doesn’t make you snore like a chainsaw? The easiest thing to do is to have a consistent bed time. It’s so simple that some people are actually surprised by it, but who really sits down and takes a second to think about the basics anymore?
Americans in particular are sleeping less than ever and times are tough. Do yourself a favor and go to bed at the same time every night. This alone can help to reduce or prevent snoring.
As you can see, there are plenty of simple changes you can make in your daily life that can help you get relief from snoring. The best part about lifestyle changes is that they have so many other benefits and they last a lifetime. It’s true that some are easier than others, but they are all worth it.
Lifestyle changes also make a great compliment to anti-snoring devices because something like a mouthpiece can give you nearly instant relief and something like weight loss will help to prevent snoring in the future.
Anyway, you can see what I’m getting at. Go make some good choices!