Snoring Treatment

Understanding why people snore, can help you stop snoring. A major contributing factor to snoring is breathing through your mouth, rather than through your nose when asleep. Sleeping on your back can make the base of your tongue and soft palate collapse to the back wall of your throat, causing a vibrating sound during sleep.

How do I stop snoring?

Many couples try earplugs, nose clips and any number of quack fixes, so desperate are they both for a good night’s sleep. Some take that relationship-threatening next step of sleeping in different beds, and even different bed rooms.

At The SleepGP, we want to help snorers avoid that situation.
Many snorers have Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) – but not all. Similarly many OSA sufferers snore – but not all. Its complex to diagnose and manage, that’s why we strongly suggest that you seek the advice of your GP, and ultimately a referral to a SleepGP, in case there could be an underlying medical condition.

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Change your sleep position

Snoring is almost invariably worse when supine – when sleeping on your back. A body pillow (a full-length pillow that supports your entire body) may provide an easy fix. It can assist you to maintain sleeping on your side which can make a dramatic difference.

Some people try taping a tennis ball to the back of their pyjamas to stop them sleeping on your back, but a more reliable alternative for repositioning one’s body is a Positional Device (available from The SleepGP)

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Eat well and loose weight

Weight loss may help some people reduce their snoring, but not everyone. Some thin people also snore!

If you have gained weight and started snoring and did not snore before you gained weight, it is quite likely that weight loss may help. Extra weight around the neck squeezes the internal diameter of the throat, making it more likely to collapse during sleep, and this can trigger snoring.

Practice good sleep hygiene

Poor sleep habits (also known as poor sleep “hygiene”) can have an effect similar to that of drinking alcohol. Get regular sleep – working long hours without enough sleep can mean that when you finally go to bed you’re overtired. Because you are sleeping more deeply for longer, the throat muscles become more floppy which causes snoring.