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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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The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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