Snoring: How to Relieve and Treat

What causes snoring?

Risks for snoring

Lifestyle solutions

Interventions

If symptoms persist despite these lifestyle measures, some people opt to purchase nasal strips or dilators, which are designed to push the nostrils apart during sleep, reducing the risk of snoring. Particularly when snoring is combined with a feeling of permanent tiredness, or getting a broken night’s sleep, it’s worth visiting the GP to rule out sleep apnoea. 

Sleep apnoea occurs when the airways narrow to the extent that the sufferer stops breathing, subconsciously rousing themselves from sleep in order to take a breath. It’s important that a prompt diagnosis is made and appropriate treatment obtained if necessary. In very severe cases surgery can be performed, but this is a rare option and frequently will need to be paid for privately, as the NHS funds it only in extreme circumstances.

For most people snoring is an irritating, but not life threatening, condition, which can be effectively treated by making some straight-forward changes and perhaps investing in some relatively inexpensive purchases. Occasionally snoring may be indicative of a more serious underlying problem, so don’t forget to visit a medical professional if you don’t obtain relief from lifestyle alterations. For many sufferers, simply purchasing ear plugs for people sleeping within hearing range of the snores may be sufficient to resolve the issue and ensure a good night’s sleep for the entire household.