8 Ways to Love Your Snorer
A Tip Sheet to Help You Help Him...or Her!
By Jeanie Lerche Davis
Reviewed By Charlotte Grayson
If your bed-partner is a snorer -- if you've listened to snorting and snurgling all night long -- listen up. Your nightlife can be more slumbersome.
Michael Breus, PhD, serves as advisor for WebMD's Sleep Disorders message board. "I've saved more marriages than a marriage counselor," he says.
Snorers wake you up -- they wake themselves up, too, says Breus. So you're both getting fragmented sleep, which zaps your energy and robs your body of the rejuvenating rest it needs. It can also rob the snorer of good health. Studies show that severe snoring can be linked to high blood pressure and headaches.
Snoring has many causes: nasal blockages, deviated septums, congestion from colds or allergies, even acid reflux. A sleep specialist can tell your snorer what's at the root of his (or her) problem, and treating the underlying problem often helps reduce snoring.
But if your partner is simply a regular snorer, here are a few more tips to improve your sleep:
Forget the "snore sprays" that you've seen marketed to the weary, says Breus. These sprays coat throat or paralyze muscles so they can't vibrate. However, that can be dangerous -- especially if it interacts badly with medication you're taking, or if you have sleep apnea and didn't know it. "I try to caution people against using those sprays."
Published August 23, 2003.
SOURCE: Michael Breus, PhD, advisor for WebMD's Sleep Disorders message board.
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