9 snoring solutions

Understand the facts about snoring and discover snoring solutions today.

By Yuki Hayashi

At-home snoring remedies
We all know snoring can be a major nighttime annoyance. It can drive a non-snoring bedmate nuts -- or to another room -- and can hamper intimacy. So you may find yourself reaching in desperation for one of the many anti-snoring products on the market. Before you do, read our expert-approved anti-snoring tips and advice.

First thing's first: Go see a doctor
Before trying any anti-snoring tactic or product, get your snorer to a doctor. Snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea, a potentially serious sleep disorder where the snorer stops breathing for short episodes throughout the night. Sleep apnea has been associated with hypertension and cardiovascular disease, as well as dangerous daytime fatigue, which can lead to impaired immune function, and even accidents on the road or on the job.

A family doctor can assess if further consultation with an ear, nose and throat specialist is required.

Tip: Ask your doc if weight-loss might help too. It can sometimes reduce snoring in overweight patients.

Do-it-yourself anti-snoring tactics
Once you've got the all clear from your doctor, you can try these simple anti-snoring tricks.

Help your partner sleep on his side
• Use a simple running stitch and extra fabric to sew a pocket into the back of the snorer's pajamas. Tuck a tennis ball into the pocket. Because of the tennis ball, the snorer will find it uncomfortable to sleep on his back and he will stick to sleeping on his side -- a less snore-inducing position.

Keep pets out of the bedroom
Yes, we know your pets are part of the family. However, if your partner is even a touch allergic, having a cat or dog sleeping in the bedroom can lead to worsening nasal congestion and snoring. Move Fido or Ferdinand to another room and you may find snoring less of an issue.

Try distraction or evasion
As a last resort, non-snorers may want to block out the noise with earplugs. There are a number of products on the market, costing from under $1 to over $100 per pair for custom-molded models, or those with built-in white-noise audio components. Materials range from silicone, PVC and polyurethane to old-fashioned wax-and-cotton. The cheapest plugs are actually often the best, so start with drugstore options before considering custom models.

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