Sharing a bed with a snorer is no fun. Long-standing sufferers can choose between a disturbed night's sleep or sleeping in another room. Neither option is ideal and can affect relationships as well as your health. What's more, snoring is embarrassing. Staying with friends and family can mean the snorer becomes a focal point of conversations for all the wrong reasons!
What causes snoring? Snoring is a vibration in the tissues around the nose, mouth or throat. Snoring is especially affected by medication, alcohol, your sleeping position, allergies and weight.
There are some things you can do to reduce snoring. Sleeping on your side can really help as the tissues in your neck and throat don't collapse in the same way as they do when you sleep on your back. If there's a chance that your snoring is related to allergies then changing your bedding to new, hypoallergenic bedding can help. Duvets, mattresses and pillows can harbour a lot of allergens.
Wash your duvets, and pillows regularly and change your mattress in line with the recommended 7-10 years. If this doesn't help then see your doctor to rule out medical issues such as sleep apnoea. Your doctor may also be able to give you medical advice that will help with your snoring.