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Published on November 30, 2017

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Tips to Prevent Snoring

Tips to Prevent SnoringDo you snore? Does snoring sometimes cause you to wake up suddenly feeling short of breath? You’re not alone. About 45% of adults snore at least occasionally, and 75% of those who snore have obstructive sleep apnea, in which breathing actually stops during sleep for short periods of time.

“Snoring can be disruptive to your sleep impairing your ability to get the rest you need, and it can impact others around you,” says Mehwish Khan MD, a Family Medicine physician at PIH Health’s Bloomfield Medical Office in Santa Fe Springs. “Obstructive sleep apnea can in some cases be dangerous.”

According to Dr. Khan, there are a few things you can do to prevent or quiet snoring:

  • Lifestyle modifications for weight loss
  • Raise the head of your bed
  • Use nasal strips
  • Limit alcohol consumption near bedtime
  • Hydrate well
  • Sleep on your side
  • Treat nasal congestion
  • Quit smoking
  • Change your pillows to minimize dust and allergens
  • Get enough sleep

If you’re experiencing daytime sleepiness, moodiness, difficulty concentrating and other problems, talk with your doctor. These may indicate a sleeping disorder or more serious snoring condition, such as obstructive sleep apnea. Children can have obstructive sleep apnea too, so if your child snores excessively talk with his or her pediatrician.

To see a Primary Care physician at PIH Health about snoring or other health issues, visit PIHHealth.org/find-a-doctor.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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