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Sleeping on Your Side

Nowadays, an anti-snoring mouthpiece can drastically reduce your snoring problem and allow both you and your partner to enjoy improved sleep. Unfortunately, there are so many anti-snoring myths and false treatments out there that it is difficult to decide on which advice could actually help you. For that reason, we are looking at the age-old cure which requires you to sleep on your side. Now of course, this is not a myth and does work in some instances. Here are some more details to better explain how this works though.

Many chronic snorers will also suffer sleep apnea, a condition that causes breathing interruptions while sleeping and can also increase your risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. The reason they are told to sleep on their sides is so that their tongue will not fall toward the back of their throat once their body relaxes. This prevents the tongue from obstructing the airway and thereby disrupting sleep. It has been found that sleeping on your side can prevent this, but there are also people out there who snore no matter what position they sleep in.

It has therefore been determined that there are two types of snorers: positional and non-positional. Sleep researchers in Israel went in depth into this subject by using 2000 sleep apnea patients in a study. They found that just over half of the people involved were "positional" snorers, meaning that they only snored while sleeping on their backs.

Weight has always played a part in the severity of snoring and it was found in another study that usually the positional snorers are thinner. The more overweight snorers tend to be non-positional and would suffer worse sleep and more fatigue than the positional snorers. The good news was that when they lost weight, the severity of their apnea was reduced.

The conclusion is this: sleeping on your side could help to alleviate your snoring, but if you are overweight then shedding some of those extra pounds is the best solution.

To enjoy some instant relief, try an anti-snoring mouthpiece from SnoreMate.

Snoremate - 29 Jul 2011