Tired of the Christmas carols? Sick of holiday songs and
jingling bells?

Well, as you pack up those holiday decorations, I suggest
you check
this out
: a group of musicians got together and created a montage of
snorers from around the United Kingdom to the tune of, well, let’s just say a
very odd sounding “Silent Night.”

Now that’s not what I call a “silent” night!

 

My hope for all those snorers (and their bed partners) out
there is that you find relief in 2010. Here are my top five tips for curbing snoring
and getting that proverbial silent night:

  •  Lose the
    excess weight
    . The heavier you are, the higher your risk for sleeping
    disorders and, you guessed it, snoring. People who have thick necks are more
    likely to experience OSA due to the extra fat they have at the back of their
    throats, which can be an underlying cause to the blocked airway.
  • Speak
    with your doctor
    to discuss testing  to rule out an underlying condition such as obstructive
    sleep apnea
    (OSA).
  • Avoid
    alcohol
    within a few hours of bedtime. Alcohol can not only interrupt sound
    sleep, but also stimulate (and exacerbate) snoring.
  • Get
    moving
    . Studies also have shown that OSA, which causes a lot of unwanted
    snoring, decreases among people who begin exercise programs, regardless of the
    amount of weight loss.
  • Don’t
    become sleep deprived
    . If you fall asleep before your head hits the pillow
    and begin sawing away, you’re most likely sleep deprived. Getting into a
    routine that honors your body’s need for quality sleep every single night can
    work wonders on achieving a silent night. To that end, practice good sleep
    hygiene
    .

Approximately 90 million American adults snore, and of those,
37 million snore on a regular basis. It’s a problem among all ages and both
genders, but it seems to affect men more than women, and it can worsen with
age. If you sleep with a snoring bed partner, you can lose up to an hour of
quality sleep a night. Let’s see if we can all get to a true Silent Night by
the time we’re singing that song again next year.

Remember, true silent nights make for good nights.

Sweet Dreams,

Michael J. Breus, PhD
The Sleep Doctor™
www.thesleepdoctor.com
 

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