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Is your Partner’s Snoring Keeping You Up at Night?

Is your Partner’s Snoring Keeping You Up at Night?

Does it sound like a train is rolling into the station while your partner sleeps? Does your pillow quiver from the noise of your partner’s snoring? Well, it’s time to do something.

Snoring occurs when the flow of air from the mouth or nose makes the tissues in the airway vibrate. This can be due to a blockage (obstruction) or narrowing in the nose, mouth or throat.

Snoring is more common in men than in women, and many times it is just simple snoring. However, if your partner stops breathing, chokes or gasps during sleep, there may be something more going on. It’s called sleep apnea, and it can be serious. If you think that might be the case, contact your doctor to discuss the possibility of scheduling a sleep study.

Quick fixes for snoring:

·      Lose weight (if needed).

·      Sleep on your side, not your back.

·      Avoid using alcohol or sedatives before bed.

·      Quit smoking!

·      Raise the head of your bed four inches by putting bricks under the legs of the bed. (Extra pillows will not work.)