How to Get Someone to Stop Snoring

Are you kept awake at night by loud snoring from your partner or family member?  Snoring can not only disrupt your sleep but also impact the quality of life for both the snorer and their bedmate.  If you're looking for ways to help someone stop snoring and improve the quality of everyone's sleep, you're in the right place.

What causes snoring?

Snoring often occurs when throat muscles relax, narrowing airways during sleep and causing vibrations that create the sound.  Factors such as age, weight, alcohol consumption, smoking, and certain medications can contribute to the likelihood of snoring. Additionally, nasal and sinus problems, sleep position, and obstructive sleep apnea are also common underlying causes of snoring. Understanding these factors is important in addressing the issue effectively.

Effects of snoring on sleep quality and health

The effects of snoring go beyond just a noisy disruption during sleep. Persistent snoring can lead to poor sleep quality, daytime fatigue, irritability, and even strain on relationships. Moreover, habitual snoring may be a sign of a more serious health condition such as sleep apnea, which can have long-term consequences if left untreated.

Practical Tips to Reduce Snoring

Effective Home Remedies to Reduce Snoring

1.    Maintain a healthy weight to reduce fatty tissues in the throat.

2.    Sleep on your side instead of your back to keep your airway open.

3.    Elevate your head while sleeping to alleviate snoring.

4.    Avoid alcohol and sedatives before bedtime as they relax the muscles in your throat.

5.    Keep a consistent sleep schedule to improve sleep quality and reduce snoring.

6.    Use nasal strips or nasal decongestants to open up your airways.

7.    Try throat exercises like singing or playing a wind instrument to strengthen your throat muscles.

8.    Keep your bedroom clean and dust-free to reduce allergens that can contribute to snoring.

9.    Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air and prevent nasal congestion.

10.  Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillow to ensure proper alignment of your airway.

Lifestyle Changes to Stop Snoring

1.    Quit smoking as it irritates the airways and increases snoring.

2.    Avoid heavy meals and caffeine before bed to prevent acid reflux, which can worsen snoring.

3.    Stay hydrated throughout the day to reduce nasal congestion.

4.    Develop a regular exercise routine to strengthen your respiratory system.

5.    Practice good sleep hygiene by creating a calm and relaxing sleep environment.

6.    Manage stress levels as increased stress can contribute to snoring.

7.    Avoid sleeping pills as they can relax the muscles in your throat and worsen snoring.

8.    Use a mouthguard or oral appliance to reposition your jaw and prevent snoring.

9.    Consider sleeping in separate rooms if your snoring disrupts your partner's sleep.

10.  Consult a sleep specialist for additional guidance and support.

When to Consult a Doctor for Snoring

If snoring persists despite lifestyle changes and home remedies, seeking advice from a specialist such as Exhale Sinus, TMJ, Headache & Sleep is highly recommended. Their expert physicians can assess the root causes and suggest suitable medical treatments or therapies to address chronic snoring effectively.

Medical Treatments for Chronic Snoring

Depending on the specific factors contributing to the snoring issue, our specialists may suggest various medical treatments or therapies. These recommendations could include the following:

1. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Therapy

CPAP therapy is one of the most common treatments for chronic snoring and sleep apnea. It involves wearing a mask over the nose and/or mouth while sleeping, which delivers a continuous flow of air to keep the airways open. This prevents pauses inbreathing and reduces snoring.

2. Mandibular Advancement Devices (MADs)

MADs are oral devices that are worn during sleep to prevent the tongue and soft tissues at the back of the throat from collapsing and obstructing the airway. By adjusting the position of the jaw, MADs help maintain an open airway and reduce snoring.

3. Surgery

In some cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to treat chronic snoring. Procedures such as Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) or Laser-assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) can help remove excess tissue in the throat to widen the airway and reduce snoring.

4. Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that uses heat energy to shrink and stiffen tissues in the throat, reducing tissue vibration that causes snoring.

5. Nasal Dilators and Strips

Nasal dilators and strips help improve airflow through the nasal passages by opening them up and reducing nasal congestion. This can help reduce snoring caused by nasal obstruction.

6. Inspire Therapy

While Inspire therapy is not directly targeted at snoring, its effectiveness in treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can lead to a significant reduction in snoring for individuals with this condition. It works by stimulating the hypoglossal nerve, which controls the movement of the tongue and other key airway muscles to prevent airway obstruction during sleep.


For any inquiries or assistance needed, contact us at Exhale Sinus, TMJ, Headache & Sleep. Our experienced specialists in Schaumburg, IL and Rockford, IL can help you with your snoring. You can easily reach us by phone or conveniently schedule an appointment online for personalized assistance.

Exhale Sinus Team
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