I am the victim of my dear snoring wife(hope she does not read this!). Almost anyone in every single home around the world snore every night – disturbing their own sleep and that of their partners in the process. There are treatments to control snoring, however, there is a good chance you make the problem from bad to worse. You should think through below 7 questions before starting any treatment.

You might have done some research online or tried some remedies without much success. Consider below ones to see whether you need more effort to cure snoring problem.

Do I really want to stop snoring?
Do I really want to stop snoring?

1. Are you serious enough to find a cure?

Many people start off saying that they will do anything to stop snoring – but once a few solutions have failed, they give up.

If you really want to stop snoring, you are going to have to work at it.  First, you will have to work on finding the right solution.  Then, you will have to work on using that solution every night.  It’s not good enough to only use your anti-snore pillow once a week, or use your mouth guard every other day.  If you truly want a happier and quieter night’s sleep, you may have to work hard to earn it!

2. When did you last burn that cigarette today?

That last cigarette can turn your bedroom into a snoring haven.  That’s because the smoke causes your throat to swell.  You may not even feel it, but it’s enough to cause some serious snoring problems.

If your throat is swollen, there is less room for air to pass through it.  As a result, air has to fight its way through your throat.  The end result of that struggle?  Snoring.

If you really want to stop snoring, it’s a good idea to stop smoking altogether.  If you simply can’t kick the habit, at least give your throat some time to heal – and don’t light up right before bedtime.

3. Home remedies are good, did you explore any?

Some people have all the tools they need to stop snoring sitting right in their pantry!  Something as simple as eating a teaspoon of honey or olive oil right before you go to bed can be enough to lubricate your throat and stop your snoring.

If it seems like you have tried every home remedy in the book and nothing has worked, don’t give up.  It simply means that you need to move onto something more – like a special stop snoring device or a trip to the doctor.

4. What you eat and drink before bed?

If you think that a warm glass of milk will help you fall sound asleep quietly, think again.  Milk can actually lead to more mucus production.  And the more mucus you have, the more your airways will be blocked – and the more you will snore.

And, if you really want to stop snoring, put down the cocktail long before you go to sleep.  That big beer or glass of wine might make you feel relaxed, but it can actually make your throat muscles relax too much.  If your throat muscles are too relaxed, they will start to vibrate when air passes by them – resulting in that noisy snoring sound.

5. Exercises, did you give them a try?

There are certain exercises that you can do to strengthen your throat muscles.  The stronger your throat muscles are, the less they will vibrate when you fall asleep – and, thus, the less you will snore.

Stop snoring exercises are similar to the warm-ups that professional singers do before they take the stage.  Doing some on a regular basis may be what you need to get a quiet night’s sleep.

6. Do you relax enough in the night?

Lots of snorers breathe perfectly fine during the day, but as soon as they go to bed, they are completely congested.  Excess congestion is a big cause of snoring because it clogs your nasal passages – making it harder for air to get through – and it forces you to sleep with your mouth open.

Try changing your pillow, as your old one could be full of dust mites that are stuffing you up.  Or, try sleeping with a humidifier in the room, since dry air can make congestion even worse.

7. Did you consult an expert?

Snoring isn’t just “annoying” or “embarrassing”.  It is actually a physical problem that can have serious underlying causes and can lead to serious health issues.  If you have tried everything you can think of to stop snoring – and nothing seems to give you any relief – a visit to the doctor may be in order.

After all, your doctor is the only one who can test you for allergies or check to see if something more serious is actually the cause of your snoring.  And, some stop snoring tools – like certain mouth guards – can only be purchased with a prescription.  

Plus, in very serious snoring cases, your doctor is the only one who can tell you if you would be a good candidate for stop snoring surgery.