In the quest for the perfect night’s sleep, many of us have tried everything from herbal teas, supplements or prescription medication to special “sleep yoga” moves and deep breathing exercises in hopes of inducing a better sleep.
But what can be done when nothing works to help curtail a sleep issue such as snoring? Snoring can be caused by a number of issues, including a serious health issue called sleep apnea. If you stop breathing during sleep, see a doctor right away to see if a CPAP machine or other type of treatment is needed.
According to WebMD, up to 75% of people who snore are doing so due to obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease.
Otherwise, if all you’ve got is a case of the “snores,” read on for information about some promising anti-snoring remedies to try.
What You Put in Your Mouth Matters to Your Nose
Drinking alcohol (and using sedative drugs) can relax the muscles and soft tissue of the soft palate and neck, causing snoring to occur. For some who don’t normally snore, alcohol can induce snoring. Imagine what affect it has on those who already snore? The solution is to avoid beverages with alcohol four to five hours prior to sleeping.
Body weight can also have a negative effect on snoring. If you’ve noticed that snoring has started since a recent weight gain, the culprit is likely a shift in the size of the diameter of your neck, causing the airway to become smaller inside. This reduction of airflow and increase of friction while sleeping can lead to a snoring problem. The easy solution is to lose weight and see if the snoring goes away.
Open the Nostrils for Better Air Flow
In order to relieve snoring in those with allergies or a deviated septum, using devices that open the nostrils may be helpful. Sticky strips that have tension can be placed over the outside of the nose to lift and open up the nostrils. This allows the person to breathe through their nose, thus reducing the chances that snoring will occur.
If you experience allergies, see your otolaryngologist or allergist to see whether nasal allergy spray, allergy shots, or an allergy to something inside of your pillow (goose feathers, for example) may be to blame.
Surgical Relief for Deviated Septum
If you suffer from a deviated septum that has led to snoring or interruptions in sleep, it may be time to consider deviated septum repair surgery. The internal structures of the nose are delicate, yet vital to a good night’s sleep and better health.
Call our team of highly-qualified plastic and cosmetic surgeons for advice and an exam. Several of our team members are Board Certified otolaryngologists with many years of ear, nose, and throat surgery experience. Contact our Commack Long Island or Manhattan, NYC centers for a free consultation to see if life-changing rhinoplasty surgery is right for you.
*The information on this page is not intended to be used as medical advice in any way. Always consult with your doctor for any health related concerns and before starting a new diet or exercise program.