Snoring is no mystery. If you snore, you know about it. You’ve either woken yourself up sawing logs, or a loved one has broken the news to you, either in jest or in manic, sleepless rage. But snoring is just one of many disruptors that can keep you up at night, and can often point to bigger issues, often less noisy, but concerning all the same. You can help treat these issues, thankfully, and it all starts with the right mattress and pillow. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to sleep, but one size does properly fit you. Find your fit with our exclusive in-store Sleep Assessment at a Mattress Warehouse near you!
What is a snore? It’s the partial obstruction of airways that cause that dreaded sound. It is widely prevalent, with 90 million American adults affected, and can be intermittent or a nightly disturbance. You can treat snoring, but it helps to first determine the source. Is it old age? Obesity? Alcohol or smoking? Your sleep position? Just the way you’re built? It can be any of these things or more.
Part of the difficulty of assessing your snoring is…well, you’re asleep when you do it. A loved one or a recording device may prove useful in self-diagnosing. If you are snoring with your mouth shut, look to your tongue for answers; open-mouthed snoring may point to a throat issue. In most cases, only small adjustments may be needed to improve your snoring, though some may require medical intervention.
-Try to sleep on your side rather than your back. This will widen air passages and ease breathing, opening vibrating tissues that lead to a snore.
-Invest in an adjustable base for a superior, flexible solution. They enable you to ergonomically position your body for comfortable sleep, open your windpipe for eased breathing, and relieve stress from pressure points.
-If your condition is stubbornly maintaining, mouth appliances can help bring your tongue and lower jaw forward as you sleep, opening your airways.
-Losing even a few pounds can quickly address fatty throat tissue that encourages snoring. Regular exercise is not only a health benefit, it also improves your quality of sleep.
-Smoking, alcohol, and sleeping meds all invite snoring, either by irritating or relaxing your nasal and throat passages. Cut them out if you want to cut out snoring, too.
Hopefully these tips have pointed you in the direction of better sleep and less disruptions. If you can’t seem to shake them no matter what you try, it’s time to consider a professional opinion from the appropriate doctor. Either way, a better mattress is the first step. Visit one of our local showrooms today!