Many patients have experienced snoring in one way or another. In fact, about 67% of Americans snore. But did you know that snoring can affect your sleep?
Over 80% of people who snore are affected by sleep apnea. When snoring makes breathing difficult, it’s time to take action. Let’s take a look at the top 10 ways you can stop snoring.
Top 10 Tips on How to Stop Snoring
In Order from Most Effective to Least Effective
Nightlase™ Laser Snoring Therapy is one of the most successful snoring treatments. The laser therapy is a simple nonsurgical procedure that won’t intrude on your daily life. The laser gently tightens and shrinks the soft tissues in your mouth, opening your airway and allowing it to remain open during sleep.
Other anti-snoring aids or sleep interventions like CPAP machines and oral sleep devices only help you when you are using them, whereas Nightlase helps you breathe better all the time.
2. Anti-Snoring, Sleep Apnea Devices or Appliances
Anti-snoring devices are custom made and should be fitted and made by an expert. A one-size-fits-all snoring mouth guard can negatively affect your bite or cause jaw pain. Come see a board-certified expert in sleep medicine so you can get a better night’s sleep.
3. Invisalign® Orthodontics
As orthodontics changes the alignment of your teeth, it can also change the shape of your smile and mouth. Invisalign clear braces can help give you an amazing smile while they open your airway permanently.
For over 20 years, I have had extremely high blood pressure. Every doctor tells me to make sure I have my Will up to date, so it’s pretty severe. In all that time, no medical Doctor or Hospital has been able to help me. I changed my diet, exercised daily, but no Doctor or medicines have ever been able to help me.
Dr. Skinner suspected I had sleep apnea, so he did a sleep study on me and found I do have sleep apnea. So, he suggested I let him fix that with Nightlase. That is a non-surgical laser that opens your airway and makes it easier to breathe.
That worked great; I no longer snore and can breathe better. Imagine my shock when I found it also lowered my blood pressure! Great Job, Dr. Skinner! You did for me what no other Doctor could ever do, and you probably saved my life. Thank you
– Todd F
4. Explore Surgical Options
For some patients with serious snoring issues, sleep apnea and snoring surgery treatments may be necessary to get the result you need. A surgeon can change the structure of your nasal passages and sinuses to allow for improved airflow.
5. Use a CPAP Machine
A CPAP machine, short for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, supplies oxygen through a sleep apnea mask through the night. While effective, the CPAP machine is often uncomfortable and many patients choose not to wear them, opting for other snoring aids and sleep apnea treatments instead.
6. Sleep On Your Side
When you sleep on your back, gravity works against the muscles surrounding your airway, making the airway collapse and close off. Simply turning on your side allows gravity to work with you instead.
7. Change Your Habits
Try changing a few habits to help yourself breathe better at night. These habits include:
- Make sure you’re getting enough water.
- Don’t drink alcohol within 2 hours of bedtime.
- Stop taking sedatives if you can.
- Stop smoking.
- Lose weight.
8. Treat Chronic Allergies
If you have persistent allergies, consider a decongestant. Most allergy medications can help decrease mucus in the sinuses, making breathing easier.
9. Use Nasal Strips or a Nasal Dilator
If you are a light snorer, try a stick-on nasal strip or a nasal dilator to open up your nasal passages at night. Being able to breathe through your nose lowers your risk of snoring and sleep apnea by threefold.
10. Use Sleep Apnea Pillows
A sleep apnea pillow placed under your head can help during sleep. Just 4 inches of head elevation works to diminish snoring and keep your airway open by preventing gravity from fully working to close your airway.
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