How to Stop Snoring
Sawing logs? That’s for lumberjacks. If you (or your bedmate) snores, these doctor-recommended remedies can help you have a silent night.
Why they work: These adhesive bands stick on the middle of the nose, drawing nasal passages apart to counteract a key cause of snoring: passageway obstruction. (When it’s blocked, air moves faster through the airway in your throat, causing a loud vibration against the tissues.) Most snorers have some obstruction due to nasal congestion, says Michael Breus, Ph.D., a sleep expert in Scottsdale, Arizona. Strips (like Breathe Right, shown above; about $6 for 10, at drugstores) also help when the blockage is caused by a structural issue, such as a deviated septum.
Good to know: Strips work best when placed in just the right spot, says Breus: “Put two fingers on either side of the uppermost part of your nose and slowly slide them down as you breathe in. Wherever your fingers are when you can no longer draw in any breath is the place to put the strip.” Strips come in several sizes for a snug fit on any nose.
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