Snoring has been causing a lot of sleepless nights to people who are unfortunate enough to be sharing a bed with one who snores heavily. Some do get used to it over time, especially with married couples. Some aren’t even able to get sleep when away from home because they got too accustomed to the snoring of their partners. However, this is not true for all couples because majority of them are still waken up at night by the loud grunting sounds of their partners.
The good news is that there are different ways to address snoring. Some methods reduce the instances of snoring while others eliminate them entirely. Here are some of the most common ways that people are effectively mitigating their annoying snores or the snores of the people they share their beds with.
- Using Mandibular Advancement Devices, otherwise known as MAD. Reminiscent of a mouthpiece toy for children who want to play vampires, these devices are highly effective in stopping people from snoring. This is especially effective for people who snore because their tongue is pressed to the back of their throat, which is the primary cause of their snores. On the other hand, even though it may look comical, a lot of people have only good things to say about it. What it does is to push the lower jaw forward slightly to move the tongue away from the back of the throat. Investing on these anti-snoring devices doesn’t cost much so it’s definitely worth a try.
- Change sleeping position. Typically, this method requires a partner to do correctly. Someone has to observe and take note on which sleeping position causes the most and the least instances of snoring. However, for those who are sleeping alone yet still want to cure their snoring, this can also be done by using video cameras. Reviewing the video by oneself and comparing the different sleeping positions is still doable. It’s worth mentioning however that having someone else do the observation in real time is much more time-efficient.
- Lose weight. Some people don’t want to hear these words together. But the fact is that extra weight puts unnecessary pressure on the pharyngeal area. The air passageways are partially constricted and this causes vibrations because of the higher pressure required for air to pass through. On top of that, extra weight also makes it difficult for the respiratory system itself to function normally.