The physicians at New York’s leading snoring center, Eos Sleep, formerly the Manhattan Snoring and Sleep Center, understand that sometimes simple lifestyle modification is the best “medicine” to cure snoring, and certainly realize that it is considered to be the best first step in the treatment of snoring. It is recommended that patients start with these lifestyle modifications as well as keep a sleep diary to monitor progress and changes, to have in hand when and if it is time to see a doctor. Some modifications include:
Because excess weight is the most common contributing factor to snoring, individuals who are even mildly overweight find that the solution of weight loss can significantly reduce their snoring with a very modest weight loss of five to ten pounds.
Quitting smoking can be a snoring solution because smoking leads to irritation and dryness of mucous membranes. The elimination of cigars or cigarettes is a lifestyle change that can have a dramatic impact on snoring.
Reducing Alcohol, Sedatives, and Sedating Antihistamines
Alcohol, sedatives, and sedating antihistamines lower muscle tone in the upper airways, causing an increased airway resistance and snoring. Many people who reduce these substances report improvements in their snoring.
For some people, an increased amount of obstruction occurs when they sleep on their backs. Described as positional snoring, this type of snoring explains a snorer’s common complaint of being “frequently assaulted” through the night and implored to roll over. A simple solution to snoring is to sew a ball into the pocket of a t-shirt that is then worn backward during sleep, keeping the snorer off of his/her back. Some positional snorers also improve when the head of the bed is elevated.
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