FORT MYERS, Fla. How can you, or the person you sleep next to, stop snoring?
“Nasal strips don’t always work,” said Diane Umanski, health editor for Consumer Reports. “Instead, try lifestyle strategies to help keep your airway open and help you stop snoring.”
Elevating your head and sleeping on your side helps, along with avoiding alcohol at least four hours before bed, quitting smoking and losing weight.
“If these steps don’t work, it’s probably time to call a doctor who can test you for obstructive sleep apnea or OSA,” Umanski said.
OSA, marked by breathing stops and starts during sleep, occurs when something partly or completely blocks the airway. It affects 34 percent of men and 19 percent of women who snore regularly – and can heighten the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, cardiac arrhythmia, and hypertension.
An oral appliance can help keep the airway open. A doctor may also prescribe continuous positive airway pressure – or C-PAP treatment – which uses a machine to increase air into the throat.