​Snoring​ may affect your health and relationship, but fortunately, it can be managed through some simple remedies.​

Snoring has been depicted in many comedy movies and TV shows. But when your real-life bed partner snores on a regular basis, it’s definitely less funny.

“Frequent snoring is likely to affect the quantity and quality of your sleep, as well as that of your partner. This can lead to daytime fatigue, irritability, increased health issues, and in the long run, major relationship problems,” says Dr Toh Song Tar​, Senior Consultant, Department of Otolaryngology, & Deputy Head (Research) ​& Director, Sleep Disorder Unit, Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the SingHealth​​ group.​​

Fortunately, there are a number of simple snoring remedies one can try to help manage a snoring habit. If these have little effect, talk to your doctor about a referral to the​ sleep disorders centre for a thorough evaluation. You may suffer from a disorder called obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).

8 tips on how to stop snoring

Have you considered letting your (non-snoring) partner fall asleep f​irst before you retire to bed? Have you experimented with various types of earplugs, such as soft foam and silicone? And did you know that there is a proper way to insert an ear plug for maximum efficacy?

Step 1: Roll the ear plug into a narrow cylinder.

Step 2: With the opposite hand, gently pull up your ear to straighten your ear canal.

Step 3: Insert the ear plug almost completely in. Hold in place for at least 30 seconds to allow expansion.

Beyond this, doctors may recommend you try the following strategies:

1. Lose weight if you’re obese

Losing weight can help reduce the amount of fatty tissue in the back of your throat, thus reducing your likelihood of snoring.

2. Avoid alcohol after 6pm

Alcohol can cause both excessive muscle relaxation and swelling of the soft tissues.

3. Avoid taking sleeping pills

Ce​rtain sleeping pills may cause the upper airway to relax and lead to snoring.

4. Quit smoking

Smoking can cause swelling of the airway soft tissues and promote snoring.

5. Apply nasal strips

These strips help increase the area of nasal passage to enhance breathing. However, they are ineffective against sleep apnoea.

6. Treat nasal congestion

Having a stuffy nose makes inhaling difficult, creating a vacuum in your throat that could lead to snoring.

7. Exercise regularly and adopt fixed sleep patterns

Following a routine of exercising regularly and going to bed at the same time may help minimise snoring.

8. Sleep on your side

Sleeping on your back is more likely to cause your tongue and soft tissues to drop and obstruct your airway.

​Ref: R14