Sleep better and discover how to stop snoring with snoring solutions in Willoughby Hills
Snoring is disruptive to you and to your partner. Neither of you can get a good night’s sleep. Improve your quality of sleep with lifestyle changes, therapies, or oral appliances. Patients in Willoughby Hills can turn to Dr. Michael Stern and the team at Snoring and CPAP Solutions LLC for advice on how to stop snoring.
Do-it-yourself snoring solutions
Occasional snoring is normal. A cold, allergies or environmental changes can cause snoring from time to time. For the occasional snoring, try one or several of the following at-home solutions for a better night’s sleep.
- Sleep on your side. Lying on your back causes your tongue and soft palate to collapse to the back wall of your throat. This causes the vibrating sounds associated with snoring. Sleeping on your side can help prevent this collapse.
- Avoid alcohol. Alcohol and sedatives relax the muscles in your throat increasing the likelihood of snoring. Drinking in the evening makes snoring worse, even for those who do not normally snore.
- Develop good sleeping habits. Working too long and not getting enough sleep makes it more likely that you will crash hard into a deep sleep. The muscles are floppier when you are overtired. Snoring is possible if you do not have a good nighttime routine.
- Open your nasal passages. If snoring starts in your nose, such as when your nose is blocked due to a cold, opening your nasal passages may help the air flow better. Try getting a hot shower, rinsing your nose with saltwater or a neti pot, or using nasal strips.
- Clean your pillows. Dust mites or pet dander can trigger allergies and cause snoring. Keep allergens at a minimum by putting your pillows through the dryer regularly and buying new ones every six months.
- Stay hydrated. Your nose and soft palate get stickier when you are not properly hydrated. This increases snoring. Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
Additional snoring solutions
If you have tried natural remedies without success, it is time to seek medical advice for your snoring. After a consultation, exam, and sleep study, a treatment plan is created based on the severity of your condition. The goal of any treatment plan is to help you breathe better and sleep more soundly. This improves your quality of sleep to help you feel more rested. Treatment plans may include one or a combination of the following:
- Lifestyle changes
- Oral appliances
- Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine
It is important to remember that snoring and sleep apnea are not the same condition. Snoring is often one of several symptoms of sleep apnea but snoring alone does not automatically equal a medical condition. If you suspect you may have sleep apnea, consult with your physician to have the condition properly diagnosed. If sleep apnea is diagnosed as the cause of your snoring, your treatment options are discussed. A CPAP machine is commonly recommended for sleep apnea patients. By wearing a mask that is attached to the machine, forced air pressure keeps the airway open. A CPAP machine may be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments.
In some cases, an oral appliance may be an alternative to bulky CPAP machines. Oral appliances are commonly recommended for patients who snore. Similar to a mouth guard, the device is specially designed using impressions of the patient’s teeth to ensure it fits the mouth and jaw properly. The anti-snoring appliance comfortably and gently moves the lower jaw forward to keep the airway open. Some anti-snoring appliances keep the tongue in place, so it does not fall back over the windpipe. This increases the space around the airway to help you breathe more easily allowing you and your partner to get a full, peaceful night’s sleep.
Oral appliances help you breathe more freely without snoring or struggling to catch your breath. They are made to be comfortable so you can sleep without interruption. They do not prevent you from breathing with your mouth open. Oral appliances are quiet, easy to care for, and portable. Your dentist will help you find the most appropriate device to treat your unique condition.