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How to stop snoring: 7 tips to help you or your partner, recommended by health experts

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Being overweight by just a few kilograms can lead to snoring. Fatty tissue around your neck squeezes the airway and prevents air from flowing in and out freely. These are way to stop snoring .

1. Maintain a healthy weight and diet



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Maintaining a healthy weight can help alleviate snoring

2. Try to sleep on your side

Try to sleep on your side rather than your back. While sleeping on your back, your tongue, chin and any excess fatty tissue under your chin can relax and squash your airway. Sleeping on your side prevents this.

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Is your partner snoring? Try rolling them over on to their side

3. Avoid alcohol before going to bed

Avoid alcohol before going to bed. Alcohol causes the muscles to relax more than usual during a normal night's sleep. This added relaxation of the muscles makes the back of the throat collapse more readily, which then causes snoring.

This man will be snoring in an hour

4. Quit or cut down on smoking

Quit or cut down on smoking. Cigarette smoke irritates the lining of the nasal cavity and throat, causing swelling and catarrh. If the nasal passages become congested, it's difficult to breathe through your nose because the airflow is decreased.

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Cut this out and your partner might get some more sleep...

5. Keep your nasal passages clear

Keep your nasal passages clear, so that you breathe in through your nose rather than your mouth. If an allergy is blocking your nose, try antihistamine tablets or a nasal spray.

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And if you have hayfever, it's probably not a good idea to sit in a meadow...

Ask your pharmacist for advice, or see your GP, if you're affected by an allergy or any other condition that affects your nose or breathing, such as sinusitis.

6. Try an over-the-counter remedy

The British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association website has details of a variety of treatments you can try at home, including pillows, Snore Calm products, mouth-guards, nasal strips and dilators, as well as mouth-breathing devices.

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Before you resort to this...

7. Visit your GP

If your snoring persists, it might be necessary to seek medical help. For some cases of snoring, surgery to fix structural problems in the airways, such as enlarged adenoids, is necessary
If your snoring is caused by looseness in your soft palate (the soft upper part at the back of the mouth), a technique called radiofrequency ablation, which uses heat energy to tighten the palate, may help.

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Some people may need to seek medical advice if they can't alleviate the issue another way

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