How to Help Him Stop Snoring!
Adam Moscovitch, medical director for the Canadian Sleep
Institute, answers questions on how to achieve a snoreless
Q: Help. My husband has recently
begun to snore and it keeps me up throughout the night. What
should he do to stop snoring?
A: To begin with, you are not alone.
A recent report revealed that two-thirds of respondents say
their partner snores and as a result they lose one to three
hours of sleep a night. Persistent snoring can put a strain
on a relationship and the sleep deprivation has an impact on
the bedmate's day to day life.
Snoring occurs because of a narrowing
or blockage in the airways. This narrows the airflow to your
nose, forcing you to breathe through the mouth, which causes
you to snore.
Here are some easy tips for your
partner to relieve the nasal congestion and reduce snoring:
Sleep on his side or stomach, which reduces snoring.
Avoid eating late, taking sleeping pills or
sedatives. All can trigger snoring.
Exercise. If you have excess weight around the neck
and chest it puts pressure on the breathing passage.
Stop the bad habits: smoking and alcohol can cause
Assess whether you have increased nasal congestion.
Causes of nasal congestion include allergy to dust,
or foods like wheat or eggs.
Try drug-free nasal strips, like Breathe Right,
which have been clinically shown to relieve nasal
congestion and help cold, allergy or snoring
sufferers breathe better.
Try a nasal spray which keeps the mucous membranes
moist and unclogged, and reduces vibrational noise.
If none of these recommendations work
for your husband, he should consult his family physician
because he may be experiencing symptoms of another
condition, like sleep apnea. And one last tip: try falling
asleep before your husband. It's easier to stay asleep
through the snoring storm than it is to fall asleep once the
snoring has begun. Good luck.