Losing sleep to a beloved, but snoring, partner is unpleasant at best and can actually help to drive a wedge between you and the snorer over the long run. So how do you cope with this unfortunate situation when it crops up in your home? Do you sleep in separate beds or even separate rooms? Do you simply put a pillow over your head or wear earplugs to bed? Does your partner have a bruise in his or her side from being jabbed in the middle of the night when you can’t sleep? If you find something that works for you two, that’s great, but perhaps it would behove you to look into some simple old fashioned home remedies for the problem first.
The Causes of Snoring
Snoring is generally caused by an irregular airflow in the body. Usually this is the result of a blockage of some kind. So if your partner is snoring then be aware that there actually is something wrong. There are four main factors, which combined in some fashion or another, can cause this blockage.
1. Mis-positioning of the jaw causing tension in the neck.
2. Weakness in the throat causing a restriction in the airways.
3. Obstruction in the nasal passages.
4. A build-up of fat around the throat.
Together, these four small things make up the source of the sound that keeps you up every night. It also causes the snorer to get a reduced benefit from their sleep and may be a sign of a more serious issue.
Common Remedies for Snoring
The remedies for snoring are, for the most part well known. These are simple steps that you can take over the counter and in your own home to reduce the impact of the problem in your life. These remedies are tried and true, if a bit odd from time to time. Still, do consider seeing a doctor about the problem, especially if you have other causes to worry.
· Nasal strips to open airways
· A tennis ball sewn into the pyjamas to make turning uncomfortable.
· A baby’s dummy to allow air to pass through the mouth.
· Vapour rub to combat blockages.
· Sticky tape the snorers lips together to improve breath regulation
· Chin straps to improve breath regulation
· Antihistamines to open airways.
· Voice training to tighten muscles in the throat.
· Ear plugs, if all else fails.