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How to Stop Snoring at Night

How to Stop Snoring at Night

Snoring may not seem like a very big deal other than as an annoyance to anyone who might share a bed with you, but the majority of people who snore have a breathing problem called obstructive sleep apnea, which means that they stop breathing for short periods during the night.

Because of those breathing interruptions, sleep quality is often low for snorers even when they feel like they’re sleeping through the night. These tips for how to stop snoring may help you, or your snoring partner get a better night’s sleep.

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Practice Good Sleep Hygeine

Good sleep hygeine simply means setting yourself up for a good night’s sleep and having a bedtime routine that supports good rest. For example, getting exercise can be helpful for improving sleep quality, but it’s generally considered a bad idea to exercise vigorously within a few hours of going to bed. Losing weight can also help reduce snoring, though it doesn’t work for everyone.

Having a light dinner, sleeping in a cold, dark, quiet room, avoiding alcohol before bed, and keeping stress levels low in the evening can all help you get a better night’s sleep and reduce snoring.

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You should also drink plenty of fluids through the day, particularly if your snoring is caused by a stuffy nose. Secretions from the nasal passages and soft palate can get gummier when you don’t drink enough water, which can lead to more snoring.

What to Do in Bed

It’s a great idea to try sleeping on your side instead of your back. Sleeping on your back can make the base of the tongue and soft palate press on the back of the throat, which causes the vibrating sound we call snoring, so one big tip for how to avoid snoring at night is to invest in a full-body pillow that helps you align your body properly for sleeping on your side.

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Changing out your pillows can also help, as the allergens that are held in old pillows can contribute to snoring. If you can, shell out for new pillows and allergen-blocking covers, or clean the pillows you have by putting them through the air dry cycle of your dryer every few weeks.

Replace your pillows every six months, and, if you suspect they’re causing you allergy problems, keep the family pets out of your bedroom, and not just while you’re sleeping.

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One more thing you can try when it comes to how you sleep is to use nasal strips, or try other remedies before bedtime that help to open your nasal cavities. Breathing more easily means that air moves through your nose more slowly, which can prevent snoring. Of course, this only works if the snoring happens in your nose rather than in the soft palate, but it’s worth a try. You can also try taking a hot shower or using a neti pot before bed to open up the nasal passages.

What to Do if Nothing Helps

If you try some of these strategies for how to stop snoring at night and find that you’re still snoring a lot, or your problem is getting worse, seeing a sleep specialist should be the next step. Since sleep apnea is common with snoring, and that is a risk factor for heart disease, you may want to make sure you’re breathing through the night, and get treated if you are not.

It’s also a good idea to check with a medical professional to make sure any herbs or over-the-counter remedies you might be taking tare actually safe and won’t interact with other medications you may be on. A lot of products marketed to help with snoring aren’t backed by rigorous scientific testing, which is why it pays to try these basic anti-snoring aids first.

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10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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2. You put the cart before the horse.

“Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

3. You don’t believe in yourself.

A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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6. You don’t enjoy the process.

Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

7. You’re trying too hard.

Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

8. You don’t track your progress.

Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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9. You have no social support.

It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

10. You know your what but not your why.

The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

  • The more specific you can make your goal,
  • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
  • The more encouraged you’ll be,
  • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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