We all have things that we don’t like about ourselves, but some are more obvious than others. Snoring is something that we don’t like to talk about and clearly we don’t like to hear, but we have to deal with it. As a snoring person, I know how frustrating it is to have the same discussion with your partner, not to mention that sometimes you wake up because you snore too loud (yes, that happened to me more than once). Are there anys way to stop snoring? Yes, quite a few actually!
Change your Sleeping Position
Yes, something so simple can actually make a difference. Most of the people snore when they sleep on their back, so you can ask your partner to move you to the side when you start snoring. There are people who glue tennis balls to the back of their pyjamas to prevent themselves from sleeping on the back, but this might be too extreme for you. Or is it?
Lose Some Weight
Alright, I know you don’t want to hear this but many people snore because they have a little bit of extra weight. If you think that the number on the scale is too high for you, you might consider going on a diet for a few weeks. You will feel better and you will have more energy. Losing some weight can make a big difference. This is why the NHS suggest this as their number one tip on how to stop snoring!
Try an Anti-Snoring Device
There are plenty of these in the pharmacy and although not all of them work, you might find one that is perfect for you. These devices might seem uncomfortable at first because they cover your jaw, but they are actually opening your airways so you can breathe better.
Breathe Right Nasal Strips are a non-prescription, drug-free product designed to open blocked nasal passages. Original Breathe Right Nasal Congestion Relief Nose Strips are available in three sizes. You can but a mixed pack of 1o or 30 small and medium sized strips. Similarly, large strips are supplied in 1o or 30 packs. Breathe Right strips are easy to apply and take off and they won’t come away from your nose whilst you sleep.
Clean Your Nose!
You might have a stuffed nose even if you don’t have a cold, so it is a good idea to clean your nose before going to bed. You can do this the classic way by using a paper towel, or you can use water. If you really have a cold and a stuffed nose is difficult to handle, you can buy a special device that will clean your nose in no time. For starters though a simple sinus flush may be all you need to do. A saltwater sinus flush is a simple and reliable remedy for nasal congestion. Just about anyone can do this at home as a quick way of relieving nasal irritation.
Use Aromatherapy Oils
Certain essential oils, like Lavender Oil, can clean your airways before and during sleep. Use a diffuser to fill your room with Lavender smell before bed, or put a few dry lavender flowers in your pillow case. If you are lucky, you will get rid of snoring forever.
Lavender Aromatic Gel can be massaged into the temples and works in aiding sleep as well as helping to relieve stress, aches and pains. Sleepy lavender massage oil is also great, especially if you have a willing partner!
If Nothing Works and You Can’t Stop Snoring ….
… and your partner still cannot sleep due to your snoring, you might want to buy some earplugs, so that they can at least sleep through your din! Why not let them find the best earplugs for sleeping in by investing in a Women’s Earplugs sample bag or a Men’s Earplugs sample bag. Using earplugs at night is easy, especially if you follow our 7 tips for sleeping in earplugs.
- This post was first published in 2016. Last updated: 10th October 2020.
- Photo Credit: “IMG_3207” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by jhayworth