How Snoring Hurts Your Rest

This might be a generalization, but I’m guessing we’ve all had some bad experience with snoring. It might be your own snoring, but chances are you’ve heard that sound coming from your spouse, parent, family member, friend, or maybe even your dog (side note, my dog snores like crazy, that’s why he will never be allowed to sleep in our room).

While it’s easy to laugh at or more likely be annoyed by, snoring greatly effects our rest.

If someone else is the culprit, you are probably aware that it keeps you up at night. If you’re the one sawing logs, those living in your house are probably having trouble finding good quality rest.

Not only is snoring annoying, it could be a signal for a much more serious issue such as sleep apnea that could be deadly if not treated.

I used to have plenty of trouble snoring, but never really realized it except when my wife would give me that nudge in the middle of the night. Awhile back I decided to see what I could do about it and found some interesting tips to finally stop.

Your Weight

Did you know one of the biggest causes of snoring comes from being overweight? Extra tissue around the throat constricts your airways, making breathing more difficult. The first step to take in stopping the problem and getting better rest is losing weight. That’s a whole different topic with plenty of resources available online to help.

Stop Smoking

Smoking is another major cause of snoring. What happens is the chemicals in cigarettes can irritate your nasal and throat passages that can cause swelling. I’ve heard stopping smoking is easier said than done, but there are so many benefits to quitting besides just helping stop snoring.

Watch How You Sleep

The way you sleep can have a big effect on your breathing. If you sleep on your stomach and side, you have a higher chance of snoring. Those on their backs snore less as the throat is more open.

Anti Snoring Aids

There are many products out there that are designed to keep your air passage open at night. I recommend checking out to check out different products and what people rate them. There are different styles of products such as mouthpieces, head gear, and pillows. While pricy, I found the My Snoring Solution jaw supporter to be the most comfortable to sleep in.

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5 Tips On How To Rest Effectively

Tips On How To RestHow have you been resting lately? I’m not talking about just sleeping at night, but have you aloud yourself the rest that you and your body needs?

If you’re like most people you are going and going without stopping and letting yourself relax. When you do find the chance, most likely you plop down in front of the TV for a couple of hours and zone out.

While that isn’t necessarily bad, you aren’t maximizing your rest time.

Since in this is the first post on my blog, I’ve decided to create a list of 5 tips for getting quality rest in throughout the week. Many of these are just small tweaks that can be made which will greatly improve the quality of your life.

Before we get to the tips, here is what Merriam-Websters definition of resting is:

1. repose, sleep; specifically :  a bodily state characterized by minimal functional and metabolic activities
2. a:  freedom from activity or labor b: a state of motionlessness or inactivity

5 Tips On Resting:

1. Unplug From Electronics

How often do you take time away from the daily routine. I’m not just talking about silencing your phone. I’m talking about completely turning it off so you don’t hear the buzz. While your at it turn the TV, computer, iPad, and iPod. As little as an hour without electronics won’t kill you and will lead to better relaxation. Sounds a lot easier than it sounds. If you’re really trying to unwind, once they are turned off try sitting quietly for an hour doing nothing. You won’t believe how hard it is to do that, but it definitely helps to clear your head.

2. Create a Restful Atmosphere

Do you keep your house tidy? How about your bedroom? Were you sleep is ultimately one of the most important places you need to focus on when decorating your house. Turn it into a sanctuary with soothing colors, no clutter, candles, and whatever else you can think of to create a place of rest. Never let the clothes pile up on the floor and keep it clean.

3. Avoid Caffeine

I know, you are most likely addicted to the stuff. But did you know that caffeine is a stimulant that can heighten anxiety, raise blood pressure, and at times cause nervousness and dizziness. Along with that it can increase alertness, which is the opposite of what you want to be doing when resting. While coffee and tea aren’t necessarily bad, try having your last cup before lunch.

4. Stick To a Schedule

When it comes sleep, our bodies love conditioning. When you are going to bed and waking up whenever you feel like it, you won’t get adequate enough rest that your body needs. Try going to bed and waking up at the same time each day. Make sure you have a similar routine each day before crawling into bed. Maybe it’s reading a book, listening to some soothing music, praying or meditating. Your body will quickly learn what comes next. Sleep.

5. Get Out Of The House

Sometimes just getting outside and taking a walk alone can help clear your mind and help you feel rested. Make sure to really focus on your surroundings and forget about all that you have to do later. Check out the plants, people, and animals you see. Notice the smells and sounds that you normally wouldn’t pay much attention to. It will help you focus on the present and give you rest from worrying about the future.

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