Snoring is a fairly common affliction, affecting
40 percent of men and 25 percent of women. But
it is also a sleep disorder that can have serious
consequences. It may also mean that you have sleep
apnea, a serious sleep disorder. Make sure to
seek treatment if you wake up during the night
choking and gasping for breath, or if you feel
tired throughout the day.
For less extreme cases, the tips that follow
may help you -- and your partner -- sleep more
1. Sleep on your side.
2. Lose weight. Excess body weight puts
pressure on the airway.
3. Avoid alcohol and tranquilizers. These
can relax the muscles of your throat and jaw,
making snoring more likely.
4. Get your allergies treated. Chronic
respiratory allergies may force you to breathe
through your mouths while you sleep.
5. Buy a mouth guard. Your dentist or
doctor may be able to prescribe an anti-snoring
mouth guard that keeps the lower jaw muscles from
becoming too lax.
6. Stop smoking.
7. Keep a regular schedule, get plenty
of sleep, and go to bed and get up at the same
time each day.
8. Women who are pregnant will sometimes
begin to snore. This may rob your baby of oxygen,
so talk to your doctor about it.
Elevate your head. This can take some
of the pressure off the airway, making breathing