Why Do We Snore - And How Can We Make It Stop?
Snoring usually falls between 60 and 90 decibels- for comparison, normal speech is right at the bottom of that range- 60 db. A vacuum cleaner is 70db, a chainsaw is 100 and the loudest snore ever recorded is 111.6db - 8db louder than a low flying jet! So, get the ear plugs out when the snoring starts, or there’ll be no rest for you!
However, quietly you think you may sleep- almost half of us will snore regularly at some point in our lives. An astonishing 24% of women and 40% of men are habitual snorers… stats that only increase as we get older. So, what causes this unwanted habit and how can we kick it? Whether it’s you or your partner who snores away the night- many of us are self-conscious about our snoring and could do with a little help finding the kind of peaceful night we all crave.
Snoring appears to run in families, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it. It occurs in the first place when you can’t move air freely through your nose and throat- that’s why it’s always so much worse when people have colds. The all too familiar snoring sound is actually just tissue vibrating, when you aren’t able to breath properly. So, the best thing you can do to stop the snoring is clear your nose and throat right before bed. Sound simple? Yes, it really can be that easy to leave your nights of snoring behind you.
One of the best ways to do that is with a hot shower; really let the steam soak in and relax you completely. It’s a great way to de- stress and unwind before bed anyway, but it will also help to clear your nasal passages and throat before heading off to sleep. If the snoring persists then you can also try a light salt solution in the shower with you, to thoroughly rinse out your nose- or even nasal strips if you’re truly committed to a quieter night.
It’s not just clearing your airways that can help; you also need to practice good sleep hygiene in general. This means everything from sticking to a sleep schedule, to taking a glass of water with you to bed, and changing your sleeping position, to making sure your room is well aired throughout the day. It’s equally important to change your sheets regularly, particularly your pillow, and to make sure they’re the best quality to help you sleep well. You spend a third of your life in bed after all, so it’s important that you make your nights as restful as possible.
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