Why You Snore and How to Stop It

One of the great annoyances of sleeping with a partner is the snoring. Many of us have experienced it. You settle into bed, you start to drift off, and then you hear that noise that loud sound coming from your partner, and suddenly, sleep vanishes while you listen to the nasal rock concert and hope your partner turns over and quiets down soon.

This happens to many of us every night, and we just resign ourselves to the fact without any further investigation. Our partner snores, and that’s the end of it.

Of course, that’s not really the end of it. There are causes to snoring, and in fact, there are also solutions.

There are a number of common causes for snoring, including allergies, smoking, hypothyroidism, alcohol, sleep apnea, obesity, daytime fatigue, a deviated septum or nasal passages, poor muscle toning of the tongue, or other general health problems.

Some of these causes can be addressed through lifestyle changes. Ask your partner to quit smoking and stop drinking alcohol at bedtime. While those aren’t easy fixes, per se, addressing them might lower the risk of a snore-filled night. At the same time, making sure to get enough rest (which would help with fatigue) and exercise (which would help with obesity) are excellent solutions to some of the other causes above.

Those four lifestyle changes, while again, not easy, are recommended regardless of snoring. Living smoke-free with moderation in alcohol, enough rest, and adequate exercise help health issues across the board.

At the same time, addressing allergies and hypothyroidism would also improve the health and quality of life for your snoring partner.

However, even with these issues all addressed, there is still a chance your partner will be keeping you awake half the night with his or her nighttime nasal orchestra.

Thankfully, you still don’t have to tolerate that forever. No, the solution isn’t earplugs, there are devises and techniques now that can ease your partner’s snoring or remove it entirely.

Some of these techniques can be used in sleep therapy, in which professionals help find the cause of your restless sleep and address it. If you have sleep apnea (which involves the temporary blocking of airways), you may need a device to correct the problem.

The truth is, as annoying as snoring is for you, there are greater risks for your partner. Snoring, especially if caused by sleep apnea, means your partner is not getting high-quality rest. This in and of itself is a problem, but sleep apnea can also lead to things as serious as a stroke or heart attack. It can also lead to depression.

So, don’t just resign yourself to your partner snoring forever. The best thing for them, and for you, is to go see a specialist and get the problem resolved permanently. Then, you can both sleep better and enjoy better health.

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