Snoring, as defined by Wikipedia, is ‘the vibration of respiratory structures and the resulting sound due to obstructed air movement during breathing while sleeping.’
Like it or not, we all deal with snoring at some point. Some of us snore, and some of us have partners who snore.
New Zealand residents are certainly no exception to this, either. The snoring problem is a big one, and it is actually becoming a bigger and bigger issue as people in the modern world become more and more sleep deprived.
Here are just a few facts about snoring that you may not have realized.
Some Simple Facts About Snoring
Snoring is considered ‘common,’ but not ‘normal.’
Many specialists agree that the three biggest causal factors for snoring are being overweight, drinking alcohol, and smoking cigarettes.
Snorers are actually three times more likely to suffer from ‘adverse health conditions’ than non-snorers.
Snoring can range from quiet to loud, with many people’s snoring falling somewhere between 50dB and 100dB in volume.
Snoring is not always hereditary, but there is certainly a hereditary link that tends to make some people more susceptible to it. Many researchers believe that as many as 70% of snorers have a familial link that puts them at an increased risk.
Bed partners of snorers not only get less sleep than people whose bed partners don’t snore, but they also report visiting their doctor more often.
More than one in three couples report that snoring has caused ‘disharmony’ in their relationship.
Once a snorer has been treated, it has been shown that their bed partners experience not just an improvement of physical health, but also mental health.
People who snore regularly are five times more likely to develop a number of different health conditions, including: stroke, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and/or high cholesterol.
So How Do You Stop?
So yeah. We all know that snoring is bad. But the big question, for those of you who live in New Zealand, is this.
How do you stop snoring in New Zealand?
New Zealand is known for its quality health care, and there are a lot of surgery options available to its residents.
But while snoring surgery can sometimes be a fantastic way to fix the issue, there are also times when it is not necessarily the best course of action. There are some cases where, even with surgery, it is doubtful that you will be able to get rid of your snoring problem for good without implementing some lifestyle changes.
Plus, not everyone wants to go through with a stop snoring surgery… and there are also some who turn out not to be good candidates for any of the procedures.
So if snoring surgery is not going to be the best choice for you, what else can you?
Alternative Stop Snoring Methods In New Zealand
The first and most important step that you can take in your mission to stop snoring is to start with some simple lifestyle changes.
Being overweight drastically increases your odds of suffering from snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, so losing weight should be your first goal.
Try exercising more, eating a healthier diet, and going to bed at more consistent times. Going to bed consistently is actually not just good for weight loss, though. It can also help you to get a better night’s sleep as well!
Aside from this, avoiding alcohol, cigarettes, and sleeping pills can also help to contribute to a life of decreased snoring. It might seem weird to think that sleeping pills could actually make snoring worse, but they can… because in relaxing your body, they can also tend to cause your upper airway to relax even more—which will just compound the problem and make your snoring worse.
Taking your allergy medication, and avoiding allergens altogether, can also help… as can drinking more water. Inflammation certainly won’t do you any favors, and keeping your throat hydrated will decrease your odds of suffering from snoring due to a dry throat.
And last, but certainly not least… sleeping on your side instead of on your back may help out a lot more than you would realize. Sleeping on your back is technically best for your neck and spine—but it can really play havoc with your upper airway.
Stop Snoring Devices
Thankfully, there are quite a few stop snoring devices on the market in New Zealand that can help you to treat snoring as you implement other lifestyle changes, and they can often make a big difference when used consistently.
Some of the most well-known and widely-used types of stop snoring devices include…
- Mandibular Advancement Devices
- Tongue Stabilization Devices
- Nasal Strips
- Nasal Dilators
- Stop Snoring Chin Straps
- ‘Smart’ Snoring Device (devices that use smart phones and/or other smart technology)
- Stop Snoring pillows
- Anti-Snoring Shirts
- And others
Of course, not every type of stop snoring product will work for everyone, and there are also several different brands/types to choose from even within each of these categories.
One thing that should be said, however, is that stop snoring devices have proven themselves to be at least pretty helpful in fighting against snoring troubles. Even if you only use them while you are attempting to lose weight or enact other lifestyle changes, finding the right type of snoring device for you could save you a ton of hassle.