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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Silent Night

I have a problem that I am really embarrassed to admit: I SNORE!

I don't know about you, but when I think of people who snore, I tend to think of...

Well, lets just say, I don't usually think of snoring being a problem for persons like myself!

Common causes of snoring include:

* Age. As you reach middle age and beyond, your throat becomes narrower, and the muscle tone in your throat decreases.

* The way you’re built. Men have narrower air passages than women and are more likely to snore. A narrow throat, a cleft palate, enlarged adenoids, and other physical attributes that contribute to snoring are often hereditary.

* Nasal and sinus problems. Blocked airways make inhalation difficult and create a vacuum in the throat, leading to snoring.

* Being overweight or out of shape. Fatty tissue and poor muscle tone contribute to snoring.

* Alcohol, smoking, and medications. Alcohol intake, smoking, and certain medications can increase muscle relaxation leading to more snoring.

* Sleep posture. Sleeping flat on your back causes the flesh of your throat to relax and block the airway.

For me, the cause is my constant congestion from hay fever and seasonal allergies. I am basically ALWAYS stuffed up to some extent. Of course, the problem is more Adam's than mine. I end up disturbing his sleep often.

I have thought about trying Breathe Right strips, but I am extremely allergic to adhesive so I have never wanted to risk ending up with an angry rash across the bridge of my nose.

So when I walked down the personal care aisle of my favorite health food store the other day, I was intrigued when I saw another potential solution: the Snore Free nose clip which relies on magnets, rather than adhesive to stay put.

Since it was only $6.49, I figured it didn't hurt to give it a try. When I first put it on, it felt a bit uncomfortable and I worried that I wouldn't be able to sleep with it on, but on the first night I got into bed, picked up the novel I'm reading, and quickly forgot about it completely. And does it work? According to Adam, he hasn't heard a peep out of me ever since!

If you or your partner snores, it might be worth a try! But always check with your doctor first because chronic snoring can also be a sign of serious medical conditions, like sleep apnea.

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