With many Americans lacking in the recommended eight to nine hours of sleep at night, our society has become fatigued. This fatigue impacts our social networks, job performance, our ability to concentrate and perform daily living activities. For some individuals, it is not a sleep disorder, personally, which prevents quality sleep. But, instead, the sleep disorder of a partner. For these individuals, sleeping with a person who chronically snores has led to their own sleep deprivation. Understanding the various causes of a sleep disorder, such as snoring, and methods to remedy the chronic snoring in the home, will improve the quality of sleep for both individuals. Let’s first examine how snoring occurs.
During sleep, the muscles in the body begin to relax and, as they do so, the airway passage may also relax excessively. This excessive relaxation leads to snoring. Thenoise which erupts, during snoring, is attributed to the flapping of the loose and relaxed tissue in the airway passage. Additionally, snoring may be attributed to the individuals inability to obtain air from nasal passages or from obesity which, in turn, leads to an overexertion to breath during restful periods.
While there are a variety of reasons an individual snores, for the partner attempting to sleep, the only concern is how to prevent it from occuring. With many individuals lacking in physical health, the first method to improve snoring is to control body weight with proper diet and exercise. But, this may be a long and drawn out solution to prevent snoring. So, in the interim, methods such as sleeping on the side, using mouthpieces and reducing prescription medication and alcohol consumption may prove effective and provide more immediate results.
As a partner of a person who snores, it is important to monitor not only the quality of dietary consumption of your partner but also the time in which the individual eats. For many individuals who snore, the snoring is magnified when heavy meals are consumed within three hours of going to sleep. For this reason, as the partner of the person who snores, if you are responsible for meal preparation, consider preparing light meals for dinner as this may improve the degree to which the chronic snoring occurs.
For individuals who are unable to discontinue snoring, after all home remedies are applied, a consultation with a speech therapist and joining a church choir may be in order. While this sounds absurd, studies have shown a speech therapist may be able to improve the level of snoring through a tongue training or tongue therapy program. Additionally, through the regular practice of singing, vocal and throat muscles are strengthened which will prove to reduce snoring in the home.
While many Americans are seeking out medications for sleep deprivation, some are simply lacking in sleep due to the snoring of a partner. Finding unique approachs to remedy snoring, at home, may reduce the number of visits to the doctor and reduce the amount of prescription medications taken. Approaches such as proper diet and exercise, vocal lessons, speech therapy for tongue training, sleeping on the side and even utilizing mouthpieces, may improve the quality of sleep for both you and your partner.