How to Stop Snoring

Follow these simple tips to reduce snoring and get a peaceful night’s sleep.


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You Will Need

  • Determination
  • Anti-snoring spray
  • A chin strip, snore guard, or anti-snoring nasal strips
  • A new pillow


  1. Step 1

    Avoid triggers before bed

    Alcohol, large meals, sedatives, and antihistamines excessively relax throat tissue, causing vibrations that lead to snoring. Consume your last drink about four hours before bedtime, and try not to eat anything right before bed.

  2. Step 2

    Try sleeping on your side

    Sleep on your side. Sleeping on your back can obstruct your airways, leading to snoring. Sleeping on your side improves airflow, making you less likely to snore.

  3. Wedge-shape pillows with added neck and head support can help open your airways, thereby reducing snoring.

  4. Step 3

    Try a spray

    Use a nasal or oral anti-snoring spray. Both types lubricate your airways and reduce the vibrations of throat tissue.

  5. Step 4

    Get in gear

    If breathing through your mouth is the culprit, a chin strip or a snore guard can help you breathe naturally through your nose. Or try a nasal strip, which lifts and dilates nostrils, clearing airways for easier breathing.

  6. Step 5

    Lose weight

    If you’re overweight, try to drop some pounds. Because extra weight adds tissue around the throat, obesity is a leading cause of snoring. In addition, exercise can help regulate sleep patterns and strengthen muscles. The better your muscle tone, the less likely you are to snore.

  7. Step 6

    Quit smoking

    Quit smoking, which not only clogs the throat, but also weakens throat muscles, leaving more loose tissue to rattle around.

  8. Step 7

    Visit a doctor

    Consult your physician if your snoring does not improve, since it can indicate more serious sleep disorders, like sleep apnea, or other illness.

  9. Step 8

    Rest easy

    Now that your snoring days are behind you, get some rest!

  10. In a survey of snorers’ bed partners, 'lawn mower' was the term most often used to describe the sound of their mate’s snoring.