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How You Can Stop Snoring

By Sara Butler

Is your partner ready to move into the guest bedroom because of your snoring? Well, instead of taking that route you should investigate a few ways to reduce your snoring -- not simply for your partner, but for your own health too. Snoring has been linked to lifestyle, but there are actually a few simple things you can do to prevent it. Here are some things you can try to help stop the snore.

Eat Better

If you can maintain a healthy diet that helps you to maintain a healthy weight, then you may be able to stop snoring. Extra body weight has been found to lead to snoring since fat around your neck can squeeze your throat. This prevents air from flowing in and out as you sleep freely and can lead to some very serious health issues such as sleep apnea. It's always a good idea to talk to a medical professional if your snoring has become a problem that keeps you from feeling well rested at night.

Sleep in the Right Position

If you're a back sleeper and you snore, then you may want to consider trying to become a side sleeper instead. Sleeping on your back can promote snoring since the position can cause your chin and tongue to relax and squish your airway. If you can sleep on your side, you may be able to prevent this from happening. Talk to your chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic if you need some tips for changing up your sleeping position.

Pass on the Nightcap

Alcohol causes your muscles to relax more than normal when you sleep, which can make snoring worse as it encourages the back of your throat to collapse a bit and cause snoring. Alcohol also interrupts your sleep cycle, so it's really better to have a warm glass of milk before bed instead of a nightcap.

Quit Smoking

Smoking irritates the lining of your throat and nose, which can cause swelling. The airflow is then decreased, making it more likely that you'll snore. Snoring aside, smoking is bad for your health in several ways, so quitting drastically or cutting down is never going to be a bad idea. If you need help quitting, the chiropractors at The Joint can be a great resource to help.

Snoring can be a serious problem for your health and the sleep quality of you and the people around you. So do what you can to address it.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sterling, Va.

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