Doctors Share the Most Foolproof Ways to Stop Snoring

Lindsey Metrus
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There's such a thing as being a sound sleeper, but then there's the type of sleeper who just… generates sound. My dad is an example of the latter—he could practically guide a ship through fog with his earth-shattering snoring, and my entire family has been on the hunt for a remedy for years.

The main cause for my dad's deafening habit is that he has sleep apnea, where the airway collapses or becomes blocked during sleep. However, sleep apnea and snoring aren't mutually exclusive—if you snore, that doesn't necessarily mean that you have the disorder. It's a possibility, though, so check with your doctor to rule out the condition if you're trying to snooze quietly as well as alleviate the other symptoms that come as a direct result.

If you don't have sleep apnea and just snore loudly, though, we're here to help. As it turns out, there's a large possibility that your anatomy is to blame: According to Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., "In persons with enlarged tonsils or tongue, lying flat on your back or opening your mouth to breathe increases the resonance and noise production of these vibrating tissues." Deviated septums, blocked nasal passageways, and elongated uvulas also affect the airflow into the body, projecting the snoring vibrations even further.

So to figure out how to cut back on the nightly noise that comes with these anatomical obstructions, we turned to Breus and Monica Tadros, MD, FACS, for their expertise—what we discovered is that many of their tips will actually help benefit your overall health in the long run. Keep scrolling to learn more!

You may also be a candidate for surgery to remove excess tissue in the throat or enlarged tonsils or adenoids, or your doctor may prescribe a mouthpiece (sort of like a retainer) to help open up the airway. If the above remedies don't do the trick, consider seeing a doctor to find the best solution.

Next up, take a look at the most common sleep mistakes women make.

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