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Snoring and Lifestyle

Your mother is right again...add one more negative consequence of eating too much, drinking too much alcohol and smoking: they all make your snoring worse.

Some of the factors that can increase your snoring are:

sleeping on your back
increasing body weight
alcohol consumption
tobacco consumption
eating heavy meals late in the evening
sleeping tablets or mood-altering drugs
Before you launch into some of the more drastic snoring cures, your doctor will usually recommend "conservative" therapy; i.e., change your lifestyle.  He or she will probably offer advice like this:
Avoid sedatives and antihistamines before bedtime.
Avoid heavy meals within three hours of going to bed.
Eat a well-balanced diet designed to keep your weight within a healthy range for your height, age, and body type.
If you're overweight, begin an exercise program to help you tone muscles and lose body fat.
Here's an exercise program especially for snorers!
Avoid alcoholic drinks three hours before bedtime.
If you suffer from allergies, reduce bedroom allergens (dust, pet dander, mold) to alleviate nasal stuffiness.
Don't sleep with windows open.
Establish regular sleeping patterns and avoid getting overtired.
Sleep on your side.
Use a humidifier in your bedroom if air is too dry.

Certain foods increase the production of mucous which can lead to more severe snoring. Dairy foods such as milk, butter, cheese, and cream are the worst offenders. These types of foods should be limited or eliminated two hours prior to bedtime.

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