Here are some effective snoring remedies if you want to know how to stop snoring. These remedies fall into two major categories: long term and short term, or proactive and reactive or, preventative and prescriptive. Let’s have a look.
How To Stop Snoring With Long-Term Snoring Remedies
You need to know the difference between what will cure your snoring by attacking its root cause and what will merely mask it by only treating the symptoms (while the cause remains intact). Let’s take a look at what is causing your snoring.
Snoring is caused by a narrowing of the airway to the point where the air is partially obstructed causing the snoring noise to occur. It doesn’t get more complicated than that. If the airway is completely closing cutting off breathing in the process, then we call that obstructive sleep apnea. If this is happening you need to see a doctor immediately. The preventative steps to eliminating snoring can also eliminate sleep apnea.
The secret of how to stop snoring with long-term snoring remedies is to find out why your airway is narrowing during sleep. The first thing that should be considered here is weight. People who are overweight build up fat and tissue all over their body, including the neck and throat. Losing just 10 pounds of body weight can decrease or even stop snoring altogether. If there is no improvement after losing 10 pounds then lose another 10 pounds. I’m serious! Losing weight will also put you at less risk of a myriad of other chronic diseases.
If you are as thin as a rail or you are certain that your snoring has nothing to do with your weight, then the next option you need to consider is throat exercises. These special exercises strengthen the muscle and tissue in your throat so the airway doesn’t narrow during sleep and cause snoring. I talk about these exercises in other articles on my site.
Finally, if you are certain your snoring has nothing to do with being overweight. And, you have faithfully tried the throat exercises by still snoring. Then and only then would I consider you a candidate for snoring surgery. However, this decision needs to be made with your doctor.
How To Stop Snoring With Short Term Snoring Remedies
Knowing how to stop snoring with short-term snoring remedies is the second piece in curing your snoring problem. The long-term remedy isn’t going to give the results now. But, you need to stop snoring now. You need some solutions to stop your snoring while you are waiting for the long-term remedy to kick in. Basically, the effective approaches are of three kinds. First, make sure you are not doing anything to cause your throat to narrow while sleeping. The second approach is to control your sleeping position. The third approach is to use devices.
Keeping The Throat Open
Do not eat, drink or take anything that will cause your throat to relax and narrow. Do not drink alcohol, take pain medication or any medicine that causes you to relax before going to bed. These items cause the muscles in your throat to relax and your throat to narrow.
Sleep on your side, not your back. Sew a tennis ball to the back of a shirt and wear it while you sleep if you need to. Also, sleep with your head higher up. There are also special pillows you can buy for this.
Visit your local drug store and see what they have for snoring strips or other stop snoring devices. Maybe you will find one that works for you.
Remember that these short-term solutions for how to stop snoring with snoring remedies are only going to stop the snoring temporarily. If for some reason none of these options don’t work you will still snore. On the other hand, the long-term approaches may get rid of your snoring forever.