Snoring your way to the doghouse

Anyone who believes that snoring has nothing to do with the subject of survival has never had their life threatened by an exasperated spouse.

OK, that was a joke. But the fact is, chronic snoring has caused an endless amount of rifts between those who share the same bed or even the same room, often resulting in one of the two finding a different place to sleep.

There are other factors that connect snoring to survival. First of all, snoring could be a sign that there is a more serious health problem. You want to make sure you are as healthy as possible in case you have to bug out or even hunker down to get through an emergency situation. In addition, if you’re ever sleeping outdoors on your way to a secret bug-out spot, you don’t want your snoring to give away your location.

But even if you never have to encounter the disaster that you’ve wisely prepared for, you’re going to want to try to stop your snoring…or the snoring of your spouse. Snoring could be reducing the amount of sleep you get, it could be limiting the amount of oxygen that reaches your brain when you sleep and it could cause you to be less sharp in your thinking the next day. Below I’ve listed some tips in case you or your spouse has a snoring problem:

  • Change your sleeping position. Try sleeping on your side instead of your back.
  • Try a different pillow, especially one that raises your head higher.
  • Try an adjustable bed that lifts your back and head higher than a pillow would.
  • Lose some weight. That will relieve some of the pressure on the internal diameter of your throat, which collapses during sleep for snorers.
  • Avoid alcohol right before bedtime. Yes, it could put you to sleep faster, but it also negatively affects the muscles in the back of your throat.
  • A shower before bed can help open your nasal passages, making it easier to breathe.
  • More serious snoring issues should be dealt with by a doctor, who may recommend a mouthpiece, a CPAP mask, surgery or a laser procedure.

Are you a snorer or does your spouse snore? If so, what methods have you used to reduce the snoring?


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