If you’ve ever slept within any audible range of a snorer, you understand the frustration. Once the snorer heads to bed, the clock starts ticking away. If you don’t fall asleep before they do, you- quite possibly- may be up all night long. (And we already know that sleep deprivation has the power to wreak havoc on your health, wealth, and waistline!)
Maybe you live down the hall from a snoring roommate, maybe your significant other keeps you up all night, or maybe you’re the culprit! Today, we’ll investigate the reasons why we snore and share some tips that will have you slumbering in silence in no time.
Before we can share the solution, you need to determine the specific reason why you snore. The Huffington Post has a brilliant infographic that will help you to understand the source of your snoring. Are you a mouth breather, a nose snorer, a palatal flutterer, a tongue snorer…or all of the above?
Nose snorers: Close one nostril and inhale while looking in the mirror. Notice if your other nostril collapses? If so, you’re a nose snorer!
Mouthbreather: Try to make a snoring noise with your mouth open. If you can do it with your mouth closed, you’re a mouth breather!
Tongue snorers: Try to make a snoring noise with your tongue tethered between your two front teeth. If the noise decreases, you’re a tongue snorer!
If you passed more than one of these tests, your snoring affliction is multifactorial. But, if you don’t fit into any of the above categories, consider yourself a palatal flutterer…or that your snoring has been miraculously cured just from reading this blog post.
There is a multitude of contraptions claiming to be the cure-all for snorers…unfortunately, one size does not fit all. However- through trial and error- you can find a solution that works for you (and anyone who has the displeasure of sleeping nearby!)
There certainly aren’t any downsides to limiting alcohol consumption, losing weight, and drinking more water! Even if these tips don’t stop snoring, they can lead to a healthier, more balanced life.
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Sometimes all it takes it a bit of change! Be innovative in determining what works best for you.
You are what you eat, so if you’re snoring, maybe it’s time to take a look at your diet. The Huffington Post seems convinced that certain foods can diminish to snoring.
Medical Daily believes eating more onions and turmeric could help you banish the snoring blues. Onions make the list due to their anti-inflammatory properties while curcumin (turmeric’s active ingredient) is a powerful anti-inflammatory that can also relieve pain safely and naturally.
Still no relief? Try out a set of noise canceling headphones designed for improved sleep.
If- after all of these tips- your partner’s snoring is still keeping you at night, maybe it’s time for you to try some turmeric: we know you’re desperate for anything that can dull the pain…