You’re tired of hearing it: “You look terrible!” “Did you get any sleep last night?” “Have you tried going to bed early?” You hear these questions from well-meaning friends and colleagues but you are tired of hearing it all the same. No one likes to be told they look like they haven’t slept in weeks. Of course you’ve tried going to bed early but that isn’t going to help when the main cause of your sleeplessness is beyond your control: or is it?
There are many people in this world who are victims of one of the largest bedtime terrors ever to exist. That terror is none other than snoring.
Maybe it’s you who snores and you’re being rudely awakened by a sharp elbow in your ribs or vigorous shaking. Or maybe you are the one who is being disturbed by the snoring and ear plugs aren’t doing much to block the noise.
The main question here is how to deal with it. Snoring isn’t fun for anyone involved. The snorer and the person who has to listen to the snoring are both unhappy that it’s happening. Many people feel like there is nothing they can do to change the fact that they make sure a loud, irritating sound all through the night.
But that’s not the case.
There are several lifestyle changes that can be made to help ease or even eliminate snoring (some are at this site). Of course, these are not all quick fixes and will need to take time and effort put in by the person or people affected. If you are in a partnership with someone you want to make sure you have their support for any changes you are going to make. It’s hard to do it all on your own. If you are single, make sure your friends and family support you as well. That can make or break your success.
So what are some lifestyle changes you should look at if you want to stop snoring? Let’s take a look:
- Lose weight
- Quit smoking
- Avoid alcohol, sleeping pills, and sedatives, especially before bedtime, because they relax the muscles in the throat and interfere with breathing
- Establish regular sleep patterns
At first glance these suggestions will either look really easy, really straightforward, or really hard. No one is saying you have to make all of these changes at the same time or in any specific order. You may not partake in all of the issues listed but the important thing is to look at the ones that do affect your life.
Losing weight is one of the hardest things to do and this is where it’s really important to have the support of your family and friends. Many people aren’t willing to give up the foods they love and they fear that the idea of losing weight means they have to. One of the easiest things to do to start your weight-loss journey is to work on portion control. Many people are overweight because they take more food then they need to. Exercise goes hand-in-hand with weight loss. Start small and work your way up. Go for a walk after eating a meal. Instead of shopping, do a lap around the mall. Opt to take the bus over taking your car.
Quitting smoking is also difficult so look at the reasons why you smoke first. Do you smoke because you’re bored? Because you think it looks cool? When you figure that out it will make the process easier, and save you money!
If you feel the need to have aides to fall asleep, look at the reason why. By ridding yourself of your daily stresses can improve your sleep. And keeping a realistic sleeping pattern will also help: if you have to work at 7:00am you probably want to go to bed before midnight.