Snoring is a common problem. It is a loud and unpleasant sound that can negatively affect your partner’s sleep. It is also a common symptom of some serious sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.
There are many reasons for snoring such as deformity in the nasal passage, obesity, bad sleeping posture, sleep deprivation and alcohol consumption. But, an unsupportive mattress is typically the main culprit. Let’s discuss it further.
How Your Bed Affects Snoring?
Snoring is caused by an obstruction in the air passage while sleeping. Apart from internal factors such as problems in nasal tissues, most of the time, it’s the result of external factors such as your bed.
1) Too Soft of a Mattress
If your mattress is unable to provide support to keep your head, neck, and spine in alignment, then it will act as an external stimulator causing narrowing of your throat and falling of your tongue (backward), thus leading to snoring. An old and saggy mattress is responsible for the loud noise you make while sleeping as it affects your posture and blocks your airway.
2) Presence of Allergens
Another way in which your bed is causing you to snore is the allergens present in it. The dead skin you shed on your bed acts as a food for dust mites. These dust mites consume your skin’s organic waste, breed in your mattress and secrete an enzyme which acts like an allergen. These allergens, when inhaled, cause difficulty in breathing and leads to snoring.
3) Wrong Adjustment of Pillows and Bed
Elevating your head too high or low while sleeping can also result in blocking of respiratory structures. This is due to the wrong placement of pillows and the inappropriate adjustment of bed, creating an uncomfortable sleep environment.
How to Solve These Problems?
- To get adequate spinal support when you sleep, replace your saggy mattress with a new one. Buy a firm mattress with a combination of spring and foam that keeps your upper body in alignment thus clearing the respiratory tract and keeping you from snoring.
- Steam clean your mattress to kill dust mites, bed bugs, and other allergy-causing Keep your bedroom clean and vacuum it as often as possible.
- If cleaning the mattresses is not proving effective, then buy organic mattresses to avoid breathing problems caused by allergens. Mattresses made of organic materials such as natural latex, organic wool and organic cotton are hypoallergenic. They provide an allergen-free sleeping environment that supports a good night’s sleep and prevents interruption due to snoring.
- Adjust your pillows to keep your head in a comfortable position. If you can afford, switch to an adjustable bed that allows you to fix the position of your choice in order to avoid snoring.
Your pillows and mattresses are affecting your sleep. Put snoring to rest by making adjustments to your bed. Consider the points discussed above, lead a healthy lifestyle and say goodbye to snoring.