Snoring is not only a nuisance for everyone in your house but it can also be a nuisance for yourself— causing you to not get a full night’s rest. If you suffer from chronic snoring and are ready for a change, try one of these tips.
Breathe Right Strips
If you’re a “mouth breather” or if you simply are just congested a lot during the night, this can cause you to snore. By blocking your airways, air gets trapped in your nostrils and causes you to snore and maybe even wake up everyone in the house. Before you see a doctor or medical professional, consider taking over-the-counter breathing strips. These strips are designed to open up your nasal passageways in order for you to get the oxygen you need without all of that additional snoring.
Change the Position You Sleep In
As a basic tip for individuals who snore, try changing the position you sleep in at night. For instance, if you’re a back sleeper and sleep with your head propped up, try sleeping on your side or with fewer pillows. By changing the position of how you sleep, you might notice a change in your breathing patterns and an elimination of your snoring.
Sleep Study Kit
If your family is worried that your snoring is beyond just a social nuisance and that it might be something more health related like sleep apnea, then you need to schedule an appointment with a licensed professional. Sleep apnea is a life threatening medical condition that can cause a patient’s heart to stop multiple times during the night, leaving the patient gasping for air which can oftentimes resemble that of snoring. In order to be diagnosed with sleep apnea, your medical professional will send you home with a sleep apnea kit. This kit will help to give Dr. Sultan the information needed to determine whether or not you do have sleep apnea. If you are in fact diagnosed, then Dr. Sultan will likely prescribe that you wear a CPAP machine at night which helps to open your airways as you sleep.
To learn more about snoring and sleep apnea, contact Dr. Sultan’s office today!