Help yourself (or your partner) stop snoring and sleep better with these 6 affordable tools

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Stop snoring with these six expert-recommended snoring aids. (Photo: Getty Images)
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Nobody likes to hear that they snore, and most people aren’t exactly thrilled to share their bed with a snorer either.” data-reactid=”31″>Nobody likes to hear that they snore, and most people aren’t exactly thrilled to share their bed with a snorer either.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="There’s usually a reason why you’re sawing logs at night, and figuring out the root of your snoring can go a long way toward solving it, according to Omid Mehdizadeh, an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat doctor) at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif.” data-reactid=”32″>There’s usually a reason why you’re sawing logs at night, and figuring out the root of your snoring can go a long way toward solving it, according to Omid Mehdizadeh, an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat doctor) at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="In general, “snoring usually happens as air flows through the throat during sleep and causes the soft palate to vibrate,” Ofer Jacobowitz, MD, a sleep medicine specialist and co-director of sleep at ENT and Allergy Associates, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “The throat relaxes in sleep and becomes narrower, so air has to flow faster through the throat and causes the tissues to vibrate.”” data-reactid=”33″>In general, “snoring usually happens as air flows through the throat during sleep and causes the soft palate to vibrate,” Ofer Jacobowitz, MD, a sleep medicine specialist and co-director of sleep at ENT and Allergy Associates, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “The throat relaxes in sleep and becomes narrower, so air has to flow faster through the throat and causes the tissues to vibrate.”

There are a few factors that can increase the odds that you’ll snore, including being exhausted and drinking alcohol (both can cause your throat muscles to be more relaxed when you sleep and make snoring worse), says Jacobowitz. Gaining weight, having a small jaw structure or having large tonsils can also create a smaller airway and make you more likely to snore when you sleep, he adds.

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“Snoring by itself is usually not dangerous,” says Mehdizadeh. However, more than 18 million Americans have a condition known as sleep apnea, which causes their breathing to be briefly interrupted off and on throughout the night, according to the National Sleep Foundation —and snoring is a major symptom of this. Sleep apnea can be dangerous if it’s severe, which is why Mehdizadeh recommends seeing your doctor to at least check in if you know you’re a chronic snorer. (If you do have sleep apnea, your doctor will likely recommend next steps in treatment that may include a mouthpiece like the one we call out below.)” data-reactid=”35″>“Snoring by itself is usually not dangerous,” says Mehdizadeh. However, more than 18 million Americans have a condition known as sleep apnea, which causes their breathing to be briefly interrupted off and on throughout the night, according to the National Sleep Foundation —and snoring is a major symptom of this. Sleep apnea can be dangerous if it’s severe, which is why Mehdizadeh recommends seeing your doctor to at least check in if you know you’re a chronic snorer. (If you do have sleep apnea, your doctor will likely recommend next steps in treatment that may include a mouthpiece like the one we call out below.)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Of course, you can just be a snorer without it being due to an underlying condition. And, if this describes you, doctors say there are a few anti-snoring products that could help you stop.” data-reactid=”36″>Of course, you can just be a snorer without it being due to an underlying condition. And, if this describes you, doctors say there are a few anti-snoring products that could help you stop.

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Breathe Right Nasal Strips (Walmart)

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These bandage-like strips stick to your nose and help open up your nasal passages. That can help reduce snoring, especially if you tend to breathe through your mouth while you sleep, Mehdizadeh says.

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Rhinomed Mute Nasal Dilator (Amazon)

This little device goes into your nose and gently opens your nasal passages. It’s similar to how nasal strips work, just from the inside. This “has a greater potential to work for those who report nasal obstruction that causes them to open the mouth in sleep,” Jacobowitz says.

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Theravent Snore Therapy Strips (Walmart)

This nasal sticker works a little differently from the others. It’s a sticker that’s a one-way valve that you wear over your nostrils (instead of over the bridge of your nose). When you breathe out, the valve narrows and pressure builds in your nose and in throat. “The pressure can stabilize the palate and reduce snoring,” Jacobowitz explains.

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ZQuiet Anti-Snoring Solution (Amazon)

The ZQuiet mouthpiece is designed to help position your mouth in a way that reduces snoring. These kind of devices help reposition your lower jaw forward, make your palate and throat stiller and help widen your upper throat, says Jacobowitz.

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SensorPedic Body Pillow (Walmart)

A body pillow seems random, but hear us out here: Body pillows help encourage you to sleep on your side, and side-sleeping can reduce snoring, Mehdizadeh says. “When you sleep on your side, the effects of gravity are not pushing down on the structures of the chest and throat,” he says. Plus, this one is under $20.

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Pure Enrichment MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier (Amazon)

A humidifier alone isn’t going to clear up all snoring issues, but it can definitely help tamp down on things if you’re snoring because you’re congested, or if you have dry nasal passages or a dry throat, Mehdizadeh says. This one is super quiet and lasts up to 16 hours, so you can get plenty of moist air in your bedroom while you sleep.

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