6 Ways to Stop Snoring

Snoring is a habit that annoys those who sleep next to you - whether at home or on a trip. Sometimes the noise can sound like a freight train roaring by. If you snore, there are several actions you can take to help you stop.

1. Visit the doctor. He can diagnose if you have sleep apnea that is causing the snoring. Sleep apnea causes the soft tissue to cover the airway and prevent breathing. In some cases, the problem is in the brain and it forgets to tell the body to move certain muscles so that you can breathe. After your sleep apnea has been confirmed the doctor will recommend conventional treatments to resolve your condition.

2. Use nasal strips. Everyone has seen those Breathe Right nasal strips. They work on the outside of your nose to open nasal passages so that you can breathe freely. The device is a small rigid plastic strip that fits over the bridge of your nose and behind the nostrils. It tents up the nose to stop snoring caused by sleeping on your back or gaining weight.

3. Take a nasal decongestant. A stuffy nose can lead to snoring. Without a clear way for air to pass through the nose and mouth to the airway, you snore. Taking medicine to shrink swollen nasal passages will mean clear sinuses and unhindered breathing at night. Nasal decongestants also contain other ingredients to deal with cold and or allergy symptoms.

4. Change your sleeping position. Sleeping on your back is the position of most snorers. If you are overweight, this can put a lot of pressure on your diaphragm and make breathing more labored - which can lead to snoring. Sleep on your side or on your stomach to reduce the incidence of snoring. If you are in a car, sleep with your head to the side instead of with your head thrown back over the seat.

5. Steam away the snoring. When you snore, you can get a sore throat. You could be snoring because of mucous that has not loosened enough to pass. Boil some water and pour it into a large bowl. Cover your head and the bowl with a towel so that you can breathe in the steam to un-stuff your head.

6. Stop smoking. Smoking fills your lungs with particles that disrupt proper breathing. The more you smoke, the harder it is to breathe normally because you are damaging the air cells in your lungs. This can result in a higher incidence of snoring. To alleviate the snoring, commit to stop smoking and clear your lungs.

Do people tell you that you snore when you sleep? Use the above ideas to help you to stop keeping everyone awake and get some restful sleep yourself.