We’re not even sure why we need to sleep, but one thing we do know is that it’s hard to sleep when the person lying next to you is snoring loudly.

Snoring is caused by the vibration of relaxed and sagging tissues in the throat. As sleep deepens, the tongue relaxes, as do the soft tissues of the throat and the roof of the mouth. The tissues can sag into the airway, causing it to narrow. As air is inhaled or exhaled through the narrowed opening, the relaxed tissues of the soft palate vibrate. The result is snoring.

The best solution: Lose weight: Extra bulk narrows airways, contributing to snoring (and Anne’s diet book, which is FREE on this website, can help! To read it, click here and scroll down to What I Learned From the Fat Years). Also avoid drinking alcohol for at least four hours before bedtime because it can cause excessive muscle relaxation. And stop smoking, since it’s associated with an increased risk of snoring. People who quit snore less.

Sweet dreams!

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