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Snoring is a common problem and if you've ever had to share a room with someone who snores you'll appreciate just how big a problem it can be. Besides being annoying there can also be health risks associated with snoring. Are there any effective cures? Do you know of or have experience with a method that really works?

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There are number of things that can cause snoring. Some can't be helped, such as a blocked nose or narrow throat airways, but sometimes lifestyle is a factor too. Causes include obesity, smoking, and alcohol. Losing weight, and quitting smoking and drinking can therefore help.

For more immediate solutions try using nasal strips to clear the airways, buy a humidifier to stop the air becoming too dry, sleep on your side rather than on your back.
If you are on the receiving end of snoring, then I find a gentle push to get the person to turn over helps. It seems lying on their back makes it worse!
Many things cause snoring. But some good cures that could help are:

1. Change your sleeping position. Lying on your back causes the muscles to relax and block the airway.
2. Be well hydrated. Secretions in your nose and soft palate become stickier when you're dehydrated, which can cause snoring.
3. Avoid alcohol. Alcohol and sedatives reduce the resting tone of the muscles in the back of your throat, making it more likely you'll snore.
4. Change your pillows. Allergens in your bedroom and in your pillow may contribute to snoring
These are some ways to help with snoring.
In my experience, most of the snorers I know just need their heads to be shifted or tilted to the side a little and they stop snoring for the night :)
CPAP machine worked perfectly for me according to my wife (who now sleeps very well because she knows I will keep breathing now, instead of the sleep apnea I used suffer from). Now all I have to do is convince my wife to do the same thing so she stops snoring! :-)
by kimp
Mind you a CPAP machine is a bit of a passion killer though....
by kimp
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