Snoring can lead you to bad health, home remedies for the prevention

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

03rd Feb, 2020. 01:06 pm
Snoring

Getting good-quality sleep reduces the risk of serious health problems which we receive from the very known habit- snoring.

Have a look at how sleep affects health, and ways to tackle that blight of many a relationship – snoring.

We all know that a bad night’s sleep can leave us feeling grouchy in the morning.

However, not getting our recommended seven-to-nine hours’ rest can also affect our health.

So anything that stops you snoozing — such as your partner’s snoring — could be bad for you.

Here we look at four areas that can be affected if you have trouble nodding off at night…

Diabetes

Research suggests there may be a link between poor sleep and diabetes.

One study, published in the Sleep Medicine Clinics journal, found that poor sleep increased the risk of Type 2 diabetes by affecting the way your body uses glucose.

It showed that sleeping for just four hours a night caused the body to process glucose a lot more slowly.

High blood pressure

Even during minor periods of sleep deprivation, blood pressure can become elevated, especially in people who already have issues with it being high.

This condition is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke, which contributes to the association between poor sleep and heart disease.

Mental Health

Given that a sleepless night can impact your mood and concentration, it is no surprise that chronic sleep deprivation will contribute to more serious mental health issues.

There is a lot of research linking chronic sleep disorders to depression, anxiety and stress.

A study conducted by the University College London showed that those who slept for just four hours each night had declining levels of optimism and sociability.

A further study showed that on this same amount of sleep, subjects felt sadder, stressed and angry.

In both studies, returning to a normal pattern of sleep dramatically improved symptoms.

There are few snoring reduction home remedies.

Snoring home remedies:

Try these preventive measures to help reduce or eliminate snoring:

Extra pillows

Buy yourself a few extra pillows and prop yourself up in bed, rather than lying flat on your back.

You’ll prevent the tissues in your throat from falling into your air passages.

Elevate the head of your bed

An easy way to do this is to place several flat boards under the legs at the top end of your bed.

A couple of short lengths of two-by-eights or two-by-tens under each leg should raise the bed enough to do the trick.

Sleep on your side

Of course, there’s no guarantee you’ll stay in that position, but at least start on your side with your arms wrapped around a pillow.

There’s a good reason you don’t want to sleep on your back: In that position, your tongue and soft palate rest against the back of your throat, blocking the airway.

Lose weight

Snoring improves as you shed some weight. Losing 10 percent of your body weight can help by easing constriction of the upper airway.

Quit smoking

Tobacco smoke irritates mucous membranes, so your throat swells, narrowing the airway. Smokers also have more problems with nasal congestion.

Tape your nose open with nasal strips

They may look odd, but who’s watching? Following the directions on the package, tape one of the strips to the outside of your nose before you fall asleep.

They’ll lift and open your nostrils to increase airflow.

And if nasal congestion is causing your snoring, take a decongestant or antihistamine before you turn in.

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