Whether it’s you who snores at night or one that’s desperately trying to conceive a way to sleep alongside someone who does, snoring is not just a mild irritation. Both cause and effect of various ailments, snoring is something that can and should be addressed and treated, and of all the unlikely components, your mattress may be just the thing to help.
Snoring is basically turbulent airflow, somewhat like a faulty muffler, that occurs deep in your throat and sinuses. Many reasons can cause it: a cold infection, allergy flare-up, intoxication, being overweight, or simply a faulty sleeping position. The National Sleep Foundation tallies thirty-seven million regular snorers in the U.S… that’s over 10%! So it’s pretty common, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it.
Some causes are physiological. Try losing some pounds if you suffer repercussions, any and all, from elevated numbers on the scale. Alcohol and sinus problems, too, mimic this stressed airway condition. They are usually treatable, while simply aging, which causes a similar weakening of the breathing structures, is not. But until you can eliminate the treatable problems and help those you cannot avoid, your bedding configuration can help quiet that log-sawing, hog-calling, shingle-rattling rasp.
Back sleepers are more prone to snoring, so by far, the easiest solution is to just roll over (a tactic which has been attempted to varying degrees of success by uncountable numbers of sleep-deprived partners). Sleeping on your side helps, too, when weight problems are at the root of your snoring, causing excess pressure on your airway. For most people, a more supportive mattress is the most effective way to alleviate this type of issue because it keeps your spine in neutral alignment and maintains a clear path for airflow (no crimping or kinking in that trachea that produces the gravelly breathing sound). If you have an adjustable frame, keeping your head elevated can make a world of difference in people with mild to moderate snoring afflictions. In the same way, substantial firm pillows that support your head in alignment with your airway can also be helpful.
If none of these DIY solutions help, you should see a doctor. Rule out any possible concerns and determine whether a medical device like nasal clips, mouthpieces, or a CPAP machine is needed. You may also be suffering from sleep apnea (something we will discuss in a later blog). But overall, you definitely should address your snoring habit. You don’t want to inhibit your, or anyone else’s, sleep for that matter, as it’s an essential part of one’s health and wellbeing.