We are all exhausted. That's basically just a universal fact at this point. It doesn't seem to matter whether or not we go to bed early, we all wake up feeling a bit like a zombie. For many of us, it's because snoring is interrupting our sleep.
Whether you are the perpetrator or the person trying to sleep next to it, it's bound to keep you up all night. It's not just the people beside the snoring sleeper, the person who is making those lawnmower sounds with their mouth is actually experiencing a worse quality of sleep than they need to feel rested.
To stop someone from snoring, you need to know why they are snoring. There are 5 different causes and each have their own best solution so you can finally sleep soundly through the night.
Cause: Blocked nasal passages or by nostrils that actually collapse, which makes a person breathe through their mouth.
Test: How can you tell if it's your nose causing the snoring? Try pressing one nostril closed and try to breathe through your nose with your mouth closed. Does the other nostril collapse? Can you breathe easily? If not, then you are probably snoring because of your nose.
How to make it stop: The best methods to stop nose snoring is by using nasal strips, a nasal dilator or a nasal spray that will help widen your nasal passages and prevent the nostrils from collapsing, therefore reducing the vibrations (aka the terrible snoring noises).
2. Mouth Breather
Cause: The mouth and jaw relaxing too much while sleeping, and falling open.
Test: If you open your mouth and make a snoring noise, try to close your mouth while doing it and see if it continues.
Cause: The tongue drops to the back of your mouth and blocks the airways.
Test: Make a snoring noise and then stick your tongue out as far as you possible can, gripping it with your teeth. Can you still make the noise or is it reduced?
How to make it stop: A Mandibular advancement device (MAD) is your best bet for tongue snorers. It helps secure your lower jaw forward along with your tongue so that you are capable of breathing through the night.
Unfortunately those aren't the only causes of snoring...
4. Palatal Flutterer
Cause: The palate is soft and the uvula is vibrating in your throat while you breathe.
How to make it stop: While it's not as easy to determine on your own, the best solutions for this are to try out the chin-up straps that the mouth breather snorers use, or the mouth spray to relax the throat. It will help limit the vibrations and reduce snoring drastically.
Cause: These lucky folks could have a combination of any or all of these types, depending on the day.
Test: Test all the types and if you notice that each applies then you might need a few options at once if you want it to work.
How to make it stop: Use every tool in your arsenal to see what works best for you, it might end up being a combination of a few things. The nasal strips, dilators and sprays are easy to combine with the chin-up straps and the mouth guard options.