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5 New Ways to Stop Snoring You Won’t Believe

5 New Ways to Stop Snoring You Won’t Believe

If you’re getting annoyed looks from your roommates in the morning but don’t know why, then you’re lucky to live with patient people. If you’re not so lucky, you’re probably googling ways to stop snoring. You’ve come to the right place! Here are a few ways to keep you breathing silently at night.

First, Consider Seeing Your Doctor

Like a persistent cough, snoring is a generic symptom for many scary diseases. You snore when your airways are blocked, like when you have a cold or allergies. This is normal, and nothing to worry about. You should stop snoring once your congestion clears up.

But frequent snoring could mean your airways are slightly deformed or your uvula and palate are too long and blocking them. These can cause obstructive sleep apnea, which is when you stop breathing for seconds or minutes while you sleep. This is a serious condition that can lead to brain and heart damage because of the lack of oxygen.

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Should you be worried? If you have asthma or all-season allergies, they’re probably what’s making you snore. But, if you’re overweight or have GERD or hiatal hernias, you’re at greater risk for obstructive sleep apnea. Play it safe and see your doctor to rule out any underlying serious illnesses that might be causing your snoring.

With that said, here are five ways you can stop snoring:

1. Use a MAD While You Sleep

Mandibular advancement devices (MADs) are mouthpieces you wear while you’re sleeping. There are many varieties, including custom fit models made from a mold of your bite (like when you get fit for braces at the dentist) and hinged models you can adjust to fit over your mouth. Hinged models allow you to move your mouth more freely than custom fit models.

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MADs pull your lower jaw forward while you’re sleeping, which lessens obstructions by widening your upper airways. This may prevent obstructive sleep apnea by keeping any deformities from blocking your airways.

2. Tone Your Tongue With the Taiwanese Tongue Muscle Trainer

If you love working out, getting your tongue muscles ripped could solve your snoring problems! Taiwanese experts introduced a handheld, two-part “fitness” device. The front end is a pill-sized air-filled bulb that goes into your mouth. It’s connected to a pressure gauge that you hold in your hand.

You press against the bulb with your tongue using different instructed positions. You must reach a target pressure for each position, and then hold for 30 seconds.

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Studies show these tongue exercises lower sleep problems by about 50 percent. Why? Strengthening your palate and tongue muscles prevents them from collapsing and blocking your airways when you’re sleeping.

3. Lose Weight

When you’re overweight, fat builds around your throat. This can thicken the tissues surrounding your airways, and the increased pressure can constrict them while you sleep. Losing weight loosens these tissues again, lessening the pressure around your airways.

4. Exercise Your Throat Muscles

Like exercising your tongue, toning your throat muscles helps prevent tissues around your airways from collapsing while you sleep.

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Try these throat-strengthening exercises:

  • Recite the vowels of the alphabet loudly for three minutes three times a day.
  • Touch the back of your front teeth with your tongue then slide it backwards. Repeat for three minutes.
  • For half a minute, purse your lips with your mouth closed.
  • Flex your jaw to the right and left with your mouth open. Hold each position for half a minute.

5. Apply a Cheap, Homemade Nasal Saline Spray

If your allergies or cold is causing your snoring, clearing your nasal passages before sleeping might stop you from snoring. You can make a cheap, effective nasal spray by mixing two teaspoons of kosher salt with one cup of distilled water in a sterilized spray bottle.

Apply the solution to both nostrils before going to bed. The solution washes out any mucus buildup. Also, studies show saline solutions moisturize your dry nasal passages and lower inflammation. This is good because inflammation constricts your airways. The salt concentration also kills cold-causing bacteria, which helps treat your cold.

If you wake up to complaints about your snoring, you should ask if it happens every night. If so, see your doctor. Once you’ve ruled out underlying illnesses, try these proven methods to stop your snoring.

Featured photo credit: Pixabay: AdinaVoicu via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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