While most people snore occasionally, millions of Americans suffer from chronic snoring, and many suffer from a more serious condition called sleep apnea. Unfortunately, for people who snore frequently, snoring is more than just a nuisance. Habitual snoring can not only make it difficult for your partner, or people you live with, to get a good night’s sleep, but it can also affect your sleep quality leaving you feeling groggy in the morning.
Sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that causes breathing to briefly and repeatedly pause throughout the night, can be particularly detrimental to a good night’s sleep by causing you to wake up throughout the night. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to limit your snoring and improve your sleep quality. In fact, one of the easiest things that you can do to reduce your snoring is to invest in an adjustable bed. Keep reading to learn more about snoring and how an adjustable bed can provide relief.
What Causes Snoring?
The first thing you may find yourself wondering is how snoring works and what causes you to snore in the first place. Snoring occurs when there is an obstruction of a person’s breathing that prevents air from freely moving through the nose and throat. When you are unable to breathe smoothly, forced airflow causes surrounding tissue to vibrate, creating the snoring sound.
People who snore frequently often have too much tissue in their nose or throat, or they have floppy tissue that is more prone to vibrating. This can be caused by factors such as genetics or weight gain. Snoring can also be brought on by excessive drinking or sinus problems, and it can also be the result of your tongue blocking your breathing. Fortunately, an adjustable bed can help address some of the problems that cause snoring. Here is a look at five ways an adjustable bed can help with snoring and sleep apnea.
Elevate Your Head
For years, sleep professionals have recommended elevating one’s head as a way to reduce snoring. By raising your head, pressure is removed from the throat, the nasal passages open up, and your tongue and jaw are forced forward, leading to reduced snoring. Fortunately, an adjustable bed makes it easier than ever before for you to elevate your head so that you can reduce your snoring, allowing you and your partner to obtain a good night’s sleep. In fact, if your snoring is keeping your partner up at night, they can raise the head of the bed at the touch of a button without having to wake you up. A split adjustable bed will even allow for both sides of the bed to be adjusted independently, ensuring that you both can achieve the optimal position for great sleep.
No More Fighting With Pillows
For people who do not have an adjustable bed, it is not uncommon to try to use multiple pillows to reduce snoring. However, propping yourself up with pillows can provide its own set of challenges. When using multiple pillows, these pillows can slip and shift positions throughout the night. Having to constantly readjust your pillows can disrupt your sleep just as much as snoring, and improper pillow placement could leave you with neck and back pain that can disrupt your day.
Furthermore, if you are not awoken by your pillows moving, no longer being elevated could cause your snoring/sleep apnea to return. If you have found that propping yourself up reduces your snoring but you are tired of fighting with pillows, it may be time to invest in an adjustable bed. This will allow you to easily prop yourself up at night without having to fight with your pillows.
Take Advantage of The Zero Gravity Position
An adjustable bed can help further limit your snoring by allowing you to take advantage of the zero-gravity sleep position. Also called the neutral body position, the zero-gravity position was initially designed with space travel in mind but has been shown to provide numerous benefits here on earth.
When you set an adjustable bed to the zero-gravity position, your head and legs are elevated above your stomach. This can provide many benefits to the body by reducing pressure on the back, increasing blood flow, and taking pressure off of the heart. The zero-gravity position can also be beneficial for snorers, as, by providing better support and weight distribution to the body, it can actually help to open up your airways, which can limit snoring. While this sleep position can take some getting used to, you will quickly discover how it can transform your sleep quality.
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Sinusitis is another common cause of snoring, as blocked sinuses and nasal passages can make it more difficult for you to breathe at night. Not only can an adjustable bed help to relieve snoring associated with sinusitis, but it can also help alleviate sinusitis symptoms as well. By allowing you to easily maintain an elevating sleeping position throughout the night, an adjustable bed can help relieve your sinusitis as sleeping in an elevated position can help your sinuses to drain better. Over time, this can help to alleviate your sinusitis symptoms, and reduce your sinus-related snoring, helping you to achieve a better night’s sleep.
Be sure to speak with your doctor about sleep apnea and whether or not getting a CPAP machine is the right decision for you. This article is not medical advice, just general information.
Sleep on Your Side Comfortably
Believe it or not, your sleep position could actually be contributing to your snoring. While many people find sleeping on their back to be the most comfortable sleeping position, you are most likely to snore while sleeping on your back. Gravity on your neck when sleeping on your back can cause the weight of your relaxed throat to constrict your breathing, leading to snoring. Sleeping on your side relieves this pressure and helps you breathe better, reducing snoring. However, many people find sleeping on their side to be uncomfortable due to pressure points that this creates on the body. This is where an adjustable bed can be of great help, as you can easily adjust your bed to find the best position that allows you to comfortably sleep on your side, helping to eliminate snoring.
For chronic snorers, finding relief from snoring can help to drastically improve their sleep quality while making it easier for their partner to get a good night’s sleep as well. Investing in an adjustable bed is a simple step that you can take to ensure that you get the best night’s sleep possible, as an adjustable bed makes it easy for you to find a sleep position that will reduce, or eliminate, your snoring. Feel free to contact us to learn more about how an adjustable bed could help you to sleep better and wake up rested.