Jun 25 2015

Silent Sleep: The Great Hope

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There are many reasons for a person’s sleep to be interrupted. New parents are interrupted by the cries of their newborn, nightshift workers have their sleep interrupted by those who don’t realize someone may still be in bed at 1 pm, and then there are those who have their sleep interrupted because either they or their partner snores.

Not being able to get a good sleep can be a huge cause for a crummy day. You feel like nothing goes right, you don’t have any energy to even stir your spoon in your coffee and you really don’t feel like walking the long way to work. You’re more likely to make mistakes, get snappy with your partner and probably sigh a whole lot.

For those who snore there is hope. Aside from purchasing a variety of devices to cram into your mouth in an attempt to stop the snoring there are other, more wallet-friendly, ways to stop snoring.

Many people snore due to stress and other lifestyle choices that can be changed. Some of the main reasons people snore are as follows:

  • Lose weight
  • Exercise
  • Quit smoking
  • Avoid alcohol, sleeping pills, and sedatives, especially before bedtime
  • Establish regular sleep patterns

Looking at this list can be pretty unnerving for someone who maybe has issues with every single point. The first thing to do is not panic: no one is asking you to change your entire life overnight. If it were that easy people who be doing it all over the place. All of these points are manageable, to some degree, so it doesn’t hurt to take a good long look and pick out which points you can identify with.

Most of the points go hand-in-hand so as you work on one you can work on others. The first two, losing weight and exercise, can be achieved together. Before you do anything, you have to identify the reasons for why you are the way you currently are. If you are overweight is it because of a medical condition? Maybe you need to speak with your doctor before you make any changes to your diet. If you don’t exercise is it because you feel you don’t have the time or because it hurts when you do? Once you’ve identified your barriers you can work at breaking them down.

As with everything, start slow. Don’t expect to run a marathon tomorrow just because you walked a mile today. When trying to lose weight, you not only have to look at the kind of food you are eating but also the amount. Portion control has a big part to play in why many people are overweight. You may want to invest in a lunch kit that allows you to alter your serving sizes.

If you smoke, you may have already tried to quit. Lots of people smoke to fend off boredom, because they feel they need to have something in their hands, because they want to look cool. Identify the reasons behind your actions. You’ll be more likely to succeed if you know the causes of why you do what you do.

Drinking alcohol, consuming sleeping pills or sedatives close to bed time can relax your mouth and throat which can lead to snoring. Some people need sleeping pills or sedatives in order to get any sleep at all. In this case, watch the amount you are taking. The box may say to take two pills, but is one enough? The less you take the less likely your body will go into extreme relax mode which can bring about the snoring.

Lastly, we look at establishing a proper sleep pattern. If you need to be up and getting ready for work at 6:00am, go to bed before 1:00am. Even adults need a good seven to eight hours of sleep a night!

Remember, start slow and don’t rush. You’ll be more likely to succeed that way.

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