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How to Stop Snoring Immediately: 3 Practical Ways To Get Back Your Peace

How to Stop Snoring Immediately: 3 Practical Ways To Get Back Your Peace

Snoring is not necessarily a serious problem, and generally speaking almost everyone snores occasionally. However, if you are constantly snoring at night, it can disrupt the sleep of those who are nearby, and prevent them from having a good night’s rest. Additionally, if you snore every time you go to sleep, it can indicate that you are having health issues, and some of them could be more serious than you think.

Most commonly people resolve this issue by simply sleeping in separate bedrooms, but luckily, this is not the only solution. Here we will examine the basics of snoring, like how it occurs and what the cause is, and some solutions are going to be provided as well, to help you get rid of it.

What is actually happening?

Basically, when air cannot move freely through your nose and throat as you sleep, you snore. The snoring sound is created by the vibration of the tissue, as a result of an obstructed airflow. One of the reason why the air is obstructed is because people simply have too much throat or nasal tissue, which is prone to vibration. Luckily, this is nothing serious and there are easy solutions for this, which will be addressed in this article.

On the other hand, if your own snoring interferes with your sleep, then it could indicate [1] This is a serious condition and it requires a medical attention, and if you are suffering from fatigue and sleepiness, even after a good night’s rest, make sure you visit your doctor. Normal snoring does not wake you up or disrupt your sleep, whereas in the case of sleep apnea your sleep is interrupted up to hundreds of times per night, which is really alarming.

What are the possible causes?

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    Much like sneezing can be caused by allergies, cold, or when someone simply tickles your nose, there can be different causes for snoring. Here are some of the most common reasons why you snore.

    Age – As we get older our throats become narrower, and also our throat muscles shrink, which can result in more floppy tissue which vibrates. Even though you can’t combat old age, you can make some alterations to your lifestyle, and add some throat exercises that can help you reduce snoring.

    The way we are – Men are more likely to snore than women, because they have a narrower air passage. So, if you have a narrow throat, or enlarged adenoids or any other physical attribute like a cleft palate for example, you can be more prone to snoring. Again, you cannot blame yourself for these traits, much like you can’t blame yourself for aging, so you can undergo some lifestyle changes and you will be able to reduce snoring.

    Being out of shape – Obesity brings more fatty tissue and snoring is just one of the problems that comes with the territory. So, the way to fix this is to start working out and to eat healthier.

    Sinus problems – Blocked airways are the basis for snoring so, if you have a cold you are likely to snore.

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    Alcohol and smoking – Snoring can be caused by an excessive intake of alcohol and cigarettes, because they lead to muscle relaxation.

    Sleeping position – If you sleep flat on your back, your throat will relax and it will obstruct the airflow, so people who sleep on their back are likely to snore.

    The Way You Snore Tells Why You Snore.

    Even though you know the possible causes it doesn’t mean you are immediately going to guess what triggers your snoring. If someone knows how you sleep they can help you identify problem, or you can also film yourself as you sleep to uncover the root of the problem. Here are some examples:

    Closed-mouth snoring – this can indicate problems with your tongue.

    Open-mouth snoring – problems with throat tissue.

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    Snoring when you sleep on your back – try changing your sleeping position like suggested in the previous section.

    Snoring regardless of your sleep position – can indicate a more serious condition, better consult your doctor.

    Ways To Make You Feel Better At The Moment.

    Now that you know how to identify the problem, and what are the causes here are some tips to help you prevent snoring.

    Anti-snoring mouth appliance – This can help you by keeping your airway open. It bring forward your lower jaw and/or tongue as you sleep.

    Keep your bedroom clean – If your bedroom is not clean, you can have hard time breathing. So, buy a humidifier, and clean your room more frequently. Also the quality of your rug may influence how fast dirt accumulates, so do some research on different types of area rugs and see which one is the easiest to clean.

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    Clear nasal passage – If a stuffy nose is the cause of your snoring you can rinse it with saline, right before you turn in. Nasal strips, Neti pot, or nasal decongestant can all help you clear your airways and breathe easier, thus eliminating snoring. Also, if you have allergies you need to reduce the triggers, which pretty much implies you should clean your room regularly, as previously suggested.

    How About Some Long Term Preventions?

    As far as long term solutions go, they include abandoning some bad habits and adopting a new lifestyle. This is more difficult, but if you wish to stop snoring it’s pretty much the only way to adequately address this issue.

    Keep an eye on your weight – In order to reduce the fatty tissue that is clogging your airway, you must lose weight[2]. This means you will need to eat healthier, lay off the junk food and fizzy drinks, and you should also work out.

    Quite smoking – Smoking is definitely causing you to snore, because it irritates the membrane in your nose and throat. Even though it can be difficult to break free from this addiction, you should focus your efforts on doing so, since snoring is probably the least serious issue caused by smoking.

    Avoid alcohol, and other relaxants – If you take sleeping pills, or sedatives or alcohol your muscles can become too relaxed, which will cause vibrations and produce snoring sounds as you sleep. It would be for the best to avoid them if you need to get a good rest, and if you don’t want to bother people who are close to you.

    So, these were some quick, as well as long term solutions for dealing with snoring. Hopefully, the article will help you identify the cause of your problem and how to resolve it, and you will no longer have to deal with snoring in the future.

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    There are many reasons why people might scream – they’re angry, scared, or in pain (or maybe they’re in a metal band!). Some might say that screaming is bad, but here’s why science says it’s good for you.

    “For the first time in the history of psychology there is a way to access feelings, hidden away, in a safe way and thus to reduce human suffering. It is, in essence, the first science of psychotherapy.” — Dr. Arthur Janov

    Primal Therapy

    Dr. Arthur Janov invented Primal Therapy in the late 1960’s. It is a practice that allows the patient to face their repressed emotions from past trauma head on and let those emotions go. This treatment is intended to cure any mental illness the patient may have that surfaced from this past trauma. In most cases, Primal Therapy has lead Dr. Janov’s patients to scream towards the end of their session, though it was not part of the original procedure. During a group therapy session that was at a standstill, Dr. Janov says that one of his patients, a student he called Danny, told a story that inspired him to implement a technique that he never would have thought of on his own.

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    How it Started

    “During a lull in our group therapy session, he told us a story about a man named Ortiz who was currently doing an act on the London stage in which he paraded around in diapers drinking bottles of milk. Throughout his number, Ortiz is shouting, ‘Mommy! Daddy! Mommy! Daddy!’ at the top of his lungs. At the end of his act he vomits. Plastic bags are passed out, and the audience is requested to follow suit.”

    It doesn’t end there, though. Dr. Janov said that his patient was quite fascinated with that story, and that alone moved him to suggest something even he believed to be a little elementary.

    “I asked him to call out, ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ Danny refused, saying that he couldn’t see the sense in such a childish act, and frankly, neither could I. But I persisted, and finally, he gave in. As he began, he became noticeably upset. Suddenly he was writhing on the floor in agony. His breathing was rapid, spasmodic. ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ came out of his mouth almost involuntarily in loud screeches. He appeared to be in a coma or hypnotic state. The writhing gave way to small convulsions, and finally, he released a piercing, deathlike scream that rattled the walls of my office. The entire episode lasted only a few minutes, and neither Danny nor I had any idea what had happened. All he could say afterward was: ‘I made it! I don’t know what, but I can feel.’”

    Delving deeper

    Dr. Janov says he was baffled for months, but then he decided to experiment with another patient with the same method, which lead to a similar result as before. The patient started out calling “Mommy! Daddy!” then experienced convulsions, heavy breathing, and then eventually screamed. After the session, Dr. Janov says his patient was transformed and became “virtually another human being. He became alert… he seemed to understand himself.”

    Although the initial intention of this particular practice wasn’t to get the patient to scream, more than once did his Primal Therapy sessions end with the patient screaming and feeling lighter, revived, and relieved of stresses that were holding them down in life.

    Some Methods To Practice Screaming

    If you want to try it out for yourself, keep reading!

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    • Step 1: Be Alone — Be alone. If you live in a place that you can’t be alone, it might be a good idea to talk to your family or roommates and explain to them what you’re about to do and make sure they’re okay with it. If you’re good to go, move on to step 2.
    • Step 2: Lie Down — Lie down on a yoga mat on your back and place a pillow underneath your head. If you don’t own a yoga mat, you can use a rug or even a soft blanket.
    • Step 3: Think — Think of things that have hurt you or made you angry. It can be anything from your childhood or even something that happened recently to make yourself cry, if you’re not already crying or upset. You could even scream “Mommy! Daddy!” just like Dr. Janov’s patients did to get yourself started.
    • Step 4: Scream — Don’t hold anything back; cry and scream as loud as you can. You can also pound your fists on the ground, or just lie there and scream at the top of your lungs.

    After this, you should return your breathing to a normal and steady pace. You should feel lighter, like a weight has been lifted off of you. If not, you can also try these other methods.

    Scream Sing

    Scream singing” is referring to what a lot of lead singers in metal or screamo bands will do. I’ve tried it and although I wasn’t very good at it, it was fun and definitely relieved me of any stress I was feeling from before. It usually ends up sounding like a really loud grunt, but nonetheless, it’s considered screaming.

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    • Step 1 — Bear down and make a grunting sound.
    • Step 2 — Hiss like a snake and make sure to do this from your diaphragm (your stomach) for as long as you can.
    • Step 3 — Breathe and push your stomach out for more air when you are belting notes, kind of like you would if you were singing.
    • Step 4 — Try different ways to let out air to control how long the note will last, just make sure not to let out too much air.
    • Step 5 — Distort your voice by pushing air out from your throat, just be careful not to strain yourself.
    • Step 6 — Play around with the pitch of your screams and how wide your mouth is open – the wider your mouth is open, the higher the screams will sound. The narrower or rounder your mouth is (and most likely shaped like an “o”), the lower the screams will sound.
    • Step 7 — Start screaming to metal music. If you’re not a huge metal fan, it’s okay. You don’t have to use this method if you don’t want to.

    If you want a more thorough walkthrough of how to scream sing, here’s a good video tutorial. If this method is too strenuous on your vocal chords, stop. Also, make sure to stay hydrated when scream singing and drink lots of water.

    Scream into a pillow

    Grab a pillow and scream into it. This method is probably the fastest and easiest way to practice screaming. Just make sure to come up for air.

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    Always remember to make sure that you’re not going to disturb anyone while practicing any of these methods of screaming. And with that, happy screaming!

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