Snoring can be a big problem for anybody. You can’t just tell your partner to stop snoring since it happens when they’re asleep, but there are other things you can do to solve the problem. Here are a few simple things that might help.
First of all, you need to figure out what kind of snorer your partner is. A nose snorer has blocked nasal passages that make nose breathing difficult. A mouth breather needs to breathe through their mouth. A tongue snorer’s airway is partially blocked by the tongue dropping to the back of their throat. Finally, a palatal flutter is caused by the vibration of a soft palate and uvula.
To figure out what kind of snorer you are, first close one nostril of your nose and attempt to breathe through the other. If your open nostril collapses when you breathe in, you’re a nose snorer. If you can make a snoring noise with your mouth closed, you’re probably a mouth breather. If a snoring noise you make is lessened when you stick out your tongue and hold it in your teeth. you’re a tongue snorer. If you pass all of these tests, you’re a palatal snorer.
If you get your partner to take these tests and find out what is causing their snoring, your next step is to find a solution. Nose snorers can be stopped with nasal strips, a nasal dilator or a special nasal spray. Mouth breathers and palatal flutterers can be treated with Chin-up strips, an oral shield designed to prevent snoring, or a mouth spray similar to the above-mentioned nasal spray. Tongue snorers can be treated with a stop snoring mouthpiece – mandibular advancement device (MAD) or tongue stabilizing device (TSD). These devices pull your tongue and lower jaw forward to open the airway and prevent snoring. Snoring that has more than one cause may require more than one of these solutions.
These are usually effective in treating snorers, but there are other tips that could be useful. Have your partner sleep on their side, eat a healthy diet, and avoid alcohol and drugs, especially right before bedtime. None of these will guarantee a complete lack of snoring, but it will certainly reduce the problem.
Chief editor here at Snore Nation and a proud father of two cool boys. I am a reformed snorer, a reformed smoker, a reformed overeater, a reformed city dweller and a reformed workaholic stress monster on the mission to share my insider tips to restore that quality sleep for you and your partner!