Snoring is often related to poor quality of sleep, and it can also impact on your partner and others in the home, as they try to sleep. Some snoring issues can be resolved through lifestyle changes. Read through our advice on how you can experience a more restful night’s sleep and help control snoring.
What causes snoring
To find a solution to snoring, it is important to consider what factors could be causing you to snore. Some things that can cause snoring include:
· Awkward sleeping positions
· Colds and allergies
· Excessive alcohol consumption
· Sedative use
· Throat muscle weakness
While some of these causes are lifestyle related (and temporary), it is important to note that for more serious snoring and sleep apnea, it is always best to consult with a medical specialist.
Five sleep practices to help prevent snoring
Mild snoring that occurs because of awkward and uncomfortable sleeping positions can be helped by improving your sleep practices, you might like to consider:
In many cases, side sleeping can help to open airways, which will help snorers to get a more restful sleep. It is suggested that a lateral sleeping position helps to keep the airways more stable and reduces the occurrence of restricted airflow.
COMFORTABLE SLEEPING SURFACE
Having a comfortable bed that supports you is key to preventing awkward sleeping positions, which can lead to snoring. The perfect bed means something different for everyone, so we suggest visiting our bed selector to help find the best mattress for you.
CHANGING PILLOWS AND BEDDING
Pillows and bedding can gather dust and pathogens that can lead to allergies and throat irritations. For this reason, it is important to wash bedding regularly to ensure a hygienic and clean sleep surface.
CONSIDER ALTERNATIVES TO AIR CONDITIONING
Air conditioning dries out the air and the membranes in the nose and mouth, which can make you more prone to snoring. If you suspect that your air conditioning could be related to snoring, consider alternative cooling such as a ceiling fan or offsetting the effects of the AC with an air humidifier.
AVOID SMOKING AND DRINKING ALCOHOL BEFORE BED
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The best mattress for snorers
We believe that a comfortable and supportive mattress is the best way help reduce snoring. The ideal bed is different for everyone; however, we have put together some tips to help select the best mattress for your needs.
A softer feel mattress might be more comfortable for side sleeping, which is recommended for snorers. This is because side sleepers tend to have more pressure points between their body and the mattress. Check out our Comfort Choice Guide for more information, so you can choose the right firmness level.
HIGH SUPPORT MATTRESS
Sealy innerspring mattresses provide a high level of support for the entire body, especially the neck and head, which is particularly important for snorers. The support system is designed with orthopaedic and sleep scientists to properly cradle your body, relieve muscle tension, and align your body to its natural position.
Ensure you have the right size mattress to comfortably accommodate yourself (and your partner). Uncomfortable sleeping positions can lead to snoring, so it’s important to have a bed that allows you to spread out in a comfortable position. Explore our Mattress Size Guide to understand more about mattress sizes and bed dimensions in New Zealand.
At Sealy, we understand snoring can impact sleep quality. The first step to a restful sleep is to invest in a quality and supportive mattress, so you can avoid uncomfortable and awkward sleeping positions, which can result in snoring. For more information about the ideal bed for you, get in touch with the Sealy team or check out our bed selector.