How annoying is it to discover that your cute new partner turns into a generator as soon as it’s bedtime? But is it even worse to have your partner wake you up in the middle of the night to tell you to stop snoring? Either way, the good news (for you and your boo) is that — with a little detective work, and possibly some trial and error — you may not be doomed to snore forever.
For now, continue on for a few snore-busting tips you can try at home.
1. Sleep on your side.
To reduce your snoring, you’re going to want to avoid sleeping on your back as much as possible — it encourages your throat muscles to relax back into your throat, making it harder to breathe.
2. Stop drinking a few hours before bedtime.
Alcohol can cause your throat muscles to relax, which makes snoring more likely. That’s yet another reason to avoid it for a few hours before you’re ready to fall asleep.
3. Try some over-the-counter products.
If you haven’t checked out all the over-the-counter products out there made specifically for snoring, it’s worth a walk through the pharmacy. For instance, keep an eye out for nasal dilators or Breathe Right strips to open up your nasal passages, as well as chin straps to keep your mouth shut during the night.
4. Try taking a hot shower.
Congestion is another huge factor when it comes to snoring, because it narrows and irritates your nasal passages. So a nice hot, steamy shower before bed can help get rid of as much snot as possible (plus, it might help you fall asleep faster
5. Don’t ignore your Allergies.
Allergies are another major source of congestion, so don’t sleep (haha) on getting those under control as much as possible. One thing to watch out for, though, is that many common allergy meds are sedating (e.g. Benadryl), and that side effect can cause your throat muscles to relax. So, opt for non-drowsy options or nasal sprays when you can (e.g. Claritin, Zyrtec, or Allegra).
Thanks for reading.