We all need sleep, it helps you stay focused during the day and is another way to look after your health. But getting a good night’s sleep isn’t always easy, especially if you or someone you love snores.
That’s why we’ve found some top tips you can try to help you stop snoring.
Trying to reduce or stop snoring entirely isn’t easy, and it can be difficult to know which options are available for you. Medical intervention could be needed so make sure to talk to your GP as well as consider changing aspects of your lifestyle.
Here are five small changes, from the NHS, you can make to help you stop snoring*
- Try to stay at a healthy weight.. Additional weight can lead to a constriction of the airways and cause snoring. If you think you would to begin losing weight read our healthy weight loss guide here.
- Try not to drink alcohol close to bedtime. Alcohol acts as a relaxant which when paired with sleep can cause your muscles to relax more than normal, and if your throat is relaxing it could cause snoring
- Avoid sleeping on your back as this can make you more likely to snore as your tongue, chin and the fatty tissue under your chin relaxes. This can apply excess pressure on your airways which will cause you to snore.
- Decrease the amount you smoke or cut down. Smokers are more likely to snore due to irritation and swelling in your nose and throat caused by smoking. If you need help our LloydsPharmacy Stop Smoking Service is a great place to start.
- Keep a clear passage in your nose. You can help reduce snoring as it allows you to breathe through your nose rather than your mouth. If you experience allergies such as hay fever, read our guide on how to choose the right allergy relief for you.
What else can I try?
Alongside the above lifestyle changes you could consider an adjustable bed. Adjustable beds are great as they support your body in different ways, whether you are living with a medical condition or not. But did you know that adjustable beds have been known to help with snoring?
If you want more advice on how to stop snoring, visit your local LloydsPharmacy and talk to one of our Pharmacists. Find your local LloydsPharmacy here.