Snoring may seem like a nighttime nuisance, yet it’s typically the sign of a greater issue. Snoring can cause sleep interruptions to both the person experiencing the snoring and anyone within earshot of the sound—typically a spouse or partner. More often than not, the snorer is unaware of the nighttime tendency. Therefore, your Livonia dentist wants to share a few simple tips to help reduce snoring and improve everyone’s overall sleep.
How to Sleep When They’re Snoring
While snoring does affect the snorer, listening to it can also cause disruptions to sleep. If your loved one snores, here are a few recommendations to improve sleep for all.
- Tell the snorer to visit the dentist. Snoring is often linked to sleep apnea. Though the sound can cause you to wake throughout the night, the underlying problem can go beyond just a noise. Suggest making an appointment with your Livonia dentist, who is trained in treating obstructive sleep apnea.
- Roll over. Snoring is typically made worse when a person sleeps on his or her back—side sleeping opens the airway, which helps separate the tissues in the throat that vibrate when people snore. Try placing a couple of pillows next to your snorer or tape a tennis ball to his shirt to discourage rolling over.
- Make tea. Chamomile, mint, black, green, and white teas prepared with honey and lemon helps relieve snoring by acting as decongestant. Before you and your partner head to bed, share a pot of tea.
- Join a gym together. Weight loss, no matter how much, is definitely beneficial. However, it also helps reduce the size of the neck, reducing the potential for vibrations that cause snoring.
- Limit your after-dinner cocktails. Many people enjoy a drink before bed, but this could worsen your snoring. Alcohol relaxes muscles, so they become apt to block the airway.
Dr. James Stewart Offers Snoring Solutions
If you have a hard time living with your partner’s snoring, suggest that he or she visit Dr. Stewart. There, you can both learn which treatments prove most effective. To schedule an appointment, call our Livonia office at (734) 425-4400. You can also visit our website to view a full listing of our services, testimonials, and print patient forms. We look forward to treating patients from Farmington Hills, Plymouth, Northville, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, and surrounding areas