What is Snoring?

Snoring is a resulting sound due to obstructed air movement during breathing while sleeping. In some cases, the sound may be soft, but in other cases, it can be loud and unpleasant, which can have a major impact on partners who sleep with a snorer. Snoring during sleep may be a sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Researchers say that snoring is a factor of sleep deprivation, and it can contribute to other health and mental alertness problems.

What causes it?

Snoring can be caused by numerous factors. It is often connected to lifestyle, but can also be caused by physical and mental health conditions. Things to consider:

  • Are you stressed or anxious? This will affect how you sleep
  • Is the sleeping environment suitable? Being too hot or cold, or an uncomfortable bed can have an impact
  • Have you had caffeine or alcohol before going to bed?
  • Jet lag and shift working may have an impact
  • Certain physical conditions such as heart problems
  • Mental health problems
  • Certain medication, so always read the instruction

How can it be treated?

Snoring can result in a lack of, or poor quality sleep, which can affect your daily life. If it is severe, it may be time to see your GP, but some of the following may help you get a better night’s sleep:

  • Try to sleep on your back rather than your side
  • Sleep with a window open, and make sure the room isn’t too warm
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine before bed as these are all stimulants
  • Plug in SoeMac to bring increased energy to the oxygen, and position it closely, and slightly above your head. It should help you (and your partner if appropriate) to sleep better and wake feeling more refreshed and energised.

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