Valentines and Snoring
Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love, but you might not be feeling very romantic if you or your partner has been snoring. Snoring is one of the quickest ways to create tension in a relationship. Often caused by bruxism (or nighttime teeth grinding), a snoring partner can lead to disrupted and restless sleep.
And it’s very common: some studies suggest one in three American adults suffer from bruxism and nearly half have admitted snoring, at least from time to time. But as frustrating as that can be, there are ways to address bruxism — and the related snoring.
This February 14, give your sweetheart the gift of a quiet night’s sleep and stop snoring. Here are four great tips for no snoring on Valentine’s Day.
Watch what you drink
Alcohol can make you dehydrated and can act as a sedative to your muscles, making it more likely that you’ll snore at night. It can also wreak havoc on the enamel on your teeth and promote issues with bruxism — that can lead to a vicious cycle of teeth grinding and snoring. Consider avoiding alcohol in the hours right before bedtime.
Being sure that you drink plenty of water also ensures that your nasal passages stay well hydrated (and therefore less likely to be stickier, which means no snoring).
Smoking and weight issues are often factors that contribute to snoring. Smoking can prevent clear and easy breathing by causing inflammation and congestion in your airway. Likewise, being overweight can promote inflammation, and having extra fatty tissue (or less muscle tone) can lead to snoring.
Snoring can be a cyclical problem: you’re more likely to snore if you’re overweight, and you’re more likely to be overweight if you snore. But losing even just a few pounds can make a dramatic difference and giving up smoking is a great way help you stop snoring.
Adjust your sleep space
Keep your pillows clean (and replace at least once a year), don’t sleep with pets, block out as much light as you can, and trying sleeping on your side. Dust and other allergens can create breathing problems that lead to snoring, so keeping your bedroom clean and dust-free (or as close as you can get) can make a huge difference. Blocking out extra noise and light helps you sleep more soundly; restless sleepers are sometimes more likely to snore.
Sleeping on your back allows your tongue to rest against the back of your mouth, increasing your chances of snoring. Sleeping on one side instead — getting a body pillow might help — can mean no snoring for you or your partner.
Wear a dental guard
Wearing a dental guard can keep your jaw relaxed and help prevent bruxism. Many of the sleep habits we develop become intertwined, making it more likely that you’ll snore if you’re grinding your teeth, that you’ll grind your teeth if you get poor-quality sleep, that you’ll have weight issues if you don’t get good rest . . . and so on.
Dental guards are an unobtrusive way to prevent teeth grinding and promote better sleep — with no snoring. To learn more about SleepRight’s dental guards and other products, visit www.sleepright.com.