With 45 per cent of adults snoring
at least occasionally and 25 percent being habitual snorers, it's
no wonder we're all dying to find out the secret to stopping
snoring at night. After reading an article in the Daily Mirror
about the different types of snorers, we decided it was time to
give you some advice!


Mouth-based snorer


A mouth-based snorer only breathes
through their mouth at night. You can test if you're one by seeing
if you can make a snoring noise with your mouth closed.


Advice:


Invest in a mouth breathing device.
Finding a way to keep your mouth closed could eliminate the your
snoring for once and all. Another suggestion is to invest in
singing lessons - Yes, really! Evidence has shown that regular
vocal exercises may help those who snore, as it helps tone the
tongue, the soft palate, nasal passages and the palatopharyngeal
arch. Worth a try!


Nose snorer


A nose snorer's nostrils tend to be
collapsed or congested at night. This blocks the airway which
causes snoring. A test to check if you're a nose snorer is to press
one side of your nose and try to breathe in with your mouth closed.
If you can't, or it's difficult, you may be a nose snorer. Yeah,
we're not making any of this up!


Advice:


Anti-inflammatory sprays may ease
the symptoms of nasal congestion. A trial by The British Snoring
& Sleep Apnoea Association showed that 70 per cent of
volunteers reported an improvement and their snoring was reduced by
using Rhynil Anti-inflammatory herbal spray.
Another suggestion is to change your pillows every
six months as allergens on the fabric may be causing you to get
bunged up
in the first place. Have a look into buying an anti-allergy pillow as they
provide protection against dust mites and
bacteria.


Throat snorer


A throat snorer's snoring is most
commonly caused by the vibration of soft tissue in the throat. The
only way to find out if you're a throat snorer is by trying all the
other tests. If none of them work, you may be a throat
snorer. 


Advice


There's plenty of advice when it
comes to stopping this kind of snoring. If you're a smoker,
stopping may help as smokers are twice as likely to snore in
comparison to non-smokers. Reducing your alcohol intake may stop
your snoring as alcohol relaxes the airways, which makes them
collapse, causing snoring. You can also reduce throat snoring by
cutting down on eating spicy food. Apparently, spicy food can cause
acid reflux. The US Snoring Centre in Dallas found that acid reflux
can cause sinus problems. Sorry curry lovers!


No matter which type of snorer you are, you're not
alone. If you feel like you've tried everything and you have had no
luck, ask for a referral to an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist.
They can give you more in-depth medical suggestions that will help.
Otherwise, just keep snoring or invest in an anti-snore pillow.


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