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How to Stop Snoring and Let Your Loved One Have a Good Night’s Sleep

How to Stop Snoring and Let Your Loved One Have a Good Night’s Sleep

Everyone snores. Some people are guilty of making that annoying noise every night, and others are lucky enough to only keep their partner up if they have a cold and can’t breathe easily. But if you’re a regular, then you know how frustrating it can be for the person sharing a bed with you.

A snoring spouse can seriously affect the other person’s sleep quality. Not only does this lead to grumpy, resentful mornings, but it usually results in separate bedrooms. Daniel P. Slaughter, MD, otolaryngologist and snoring expert at Capital Otolaryngology in Austin, Texas has seen snoring ruin a marriage. Even if your spouse swears they don’t have a problem with your snoring, remember that snoring can sometimes imply a more serious health issue.

Snoring can imply more serious health issues

If your loved one has reported constant snoring coming from your side of the bed every night, don’t ignore it. The irritating sound that can sometimes leave you with a dry mouth and scratchy throat could be a sign of low oxygen levels in the blood, chronic headaches, obesity, heart strain and blocked airways [1]. This article will make recommendations on ways to stop snoring, but if you feel you may have a health problem, please consult with a doctor.

How to stop snoring and save your relationship

The following list is chocked full of tips to help even the most notorious snorer snooze more easily. Some of them are simple fixes, and some take a little effort, but remember: you’re saving your health and your love life!

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1. Sleep on your side

If you typically sleep on your back, there’s a chance you could be snoring more than you would otherwise. When you lie on your back, gravity takes over. The base of your tongue and the soft palate slide back ever-so-slightly and wind up resting against your throat. This isn’t dangerous by any means, but it does cause an unnecessary vibration in your throat that produces sound. Try rolling on to your side tonight for an easy solution.

2. Avoid alcohol before bedtime

Like any non-water liquid, alcohol is dehydrating. While a glass of wine before bed can be tempting, especially when you assume it will help you sleep, it could actually be wrecking your rest. When the throat is dehydrated, the muscles in the back of your throat are less sturdy. This leads to snoring. So before bed, make sure you have a glass of water.

3. Enjoy a steamy shower

Hot showers can help open nasal passages. To really amp up the passage-opening effects, add a little eucalyptus oil to your shower (just be careful not to slip). When your nasal passages are open, it’s easier to breathe. And when you breathe easily, you’re less likely to snore. Plus, a hot shower before bed is always relaxing!

4. Hit the gym

This tip requires some foot work, but losing weight can help ease snoring. When you gain weight, your neck becomes thicker. This results in the throat being squeezed, making it more likely to collapse during sleep. Losing weight will help with that constriction. And you’ll be healthier, to boot!

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5. Clean out your nasal passages

Like tip number 3 explained, your nasal passages play a crucial role in whether or not you snore. If you experience congestion or any allergies/sinus issues, consider trying a neti pot, nasal decongestant or nasal strips. If you really want to up your chances of snore-reduction, look up plants that purify the air and do well with low light. Place a couple in your bedroom to continuously clean the air you’re breathing and reduce dust!

6. Change your pillow cases and sheets frequently

When it comes to snoring and breathing easy, it’s best to change your sheets weekly. It doesn’t take long for dust and allergens to accumulate on/in your bedding, especially if you have pets. Changing your sheets frequently will help.

7. Stop smoking

Just like tip number 4, this is a win-win. You may stop snoring and you’ll be healthier. Not surprisingly, smoking isn’t great for breathing. And if you aren’t breathing well, you’re likely to snore. The smoke in your lungs irritates the nose and throat causing blocked airways. Quitting smoking doesn’t happen overnight, but remember all the benefits you’ll reap once you succeed.

8. Keep bedroom air moist

If the air in your bedroom tends to be pretty stagnant, consider purchasing a humidifier. They range from affordable to astronomical, but if your bedroom is average size, you don’t need a large one. Having air that’s slightly damp is great for soothing those nasal passages and putting an end to snoring.

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4 types of snorers

I get it, you’re feeling overwhelmed. Right now you’re probably calculating what it’s going to cost to stop snoring. You may be on Amazon already adding a humidifier, home gym, bedding, eucalyptus oil and a new mattress for side-sleepers to your cart. But wait! You don’t have to overwhelm yourself with new sleeping techniques and gadgets just yet; identifying what type of snorer you are can reduce the list of things you should try.

Close-mouth snorer

If your partner has imitated you snoring and didn’t have to open their mouths to create a sound, then you already know you are this kind of snorer. While the sound coming through your nose can be loud and irritating, it could also indicate problems with your tongue and nasal passageways. You would want to try any of the following tips: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8.

Open-mouth snorer

Ah, yes. The notorious, grizzly bear sound you emit is often mocked and never appreciated. Unfortunately, that sound is usually the result of an obstructed throat. Your body is working overtime to breathe while you sleep, and that’s what produces the sound. You would want to try any of the following tips: 1, 2, 8.

Back snorer

If you sleep on your back religiously, you probably breathe through your mouth at night, leading to that snoring sound. Simply try tip number 1 from the list above to see if that brings relief.

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If you snore no matter what

If you have tried sleeping on your side, back and stomach and nothing seem to settle that sound, you may want to consult a doctor. This could be an indication of sleep apnea. If you choose to try the tips listed above first, I’ve got bad news: you’ll need to try just about every tip!

Snoring is often treated as an irritating habit, but remember that it could be signs of something serious. For many people, the tips listed in this article will be helpful and result in better sleep for you and your partner, but if you’re a long-time snorer and nothing seems to remedy the nightly sounds, consult with a doctor for the sake of your health and your partner’s sanity.

Now, go change your sheets, take a nice hot shower and sleep well!

Reference

[1] WebMD: The Basics of Snoring

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How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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