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How To Stop Snoring
Snoring might be embarrassing for you, but it can be torturous for your partner / house mates / family. Try these tips to stop snoring, and if your snoring persists, see a doctor.
Tips to Stop Snoring
1. No Booze Before Bed
An easy way to stop snoring is to limit your daily alcohol intake. Alcohol causes the palate (roof of the mouth) to swell. It can also cause the muscles around the airways to temporarily relax and sag while you sleep. Both these effects can cause narrowing of the airways, which causes increased vibration as you breath in and out. That vibration is what causes snoring. If you decide to have a drink of an evening, have your last drink well before bed time.
2. Stop Smoking
Smoking causes inflammation and swelling throughout the body. Cigarette smoke also contains toxins that agitate the membranes in your throat. Both of these side-effects of smoking can cause snoring. Not only will quitting smoking make you better in bed (i.e. help you stop snoring), it
just make you more pleasant to kiss too.
3. Roll On Over
One common way to stop snoring is to prevent the snorer from sleeping on their back. Sleeping on your back can put pressure on, or bend, airways, which can cause obstruction. Sleeping on their side or stomach is less likely to narrow or obstruct airways, so can often help snorers stop snoring. If the snorer is unable to stay sleeping on their side or stomach throughout the night without rolling onto their back, grab an old t-shirt with a pocket on the chest. The snorer should wear t-shirt backwards to bed, with a tennis ball in the pocket. Every time the snorer rolls onto their back whilst sleeping, they will have that tennis ball sticking into their back. This will be so uncomfortable they will turn themselves back onto their side or stomach.
4. Fluff Your Pillow
Having a fluffier or higher pillow may open up a snorer's airways, meaning less snoring.
5. Drop a few kilo's
As we have already covered, snoring is almost always caused by vibrations from restricted / semi blocked airways as we breath in and out. If you are overweight, fatty tissue can build up around the throat, chin, mouth and chest. This can make semi-blocked airways (and, in turn, snoring) more likely. Losing some weight may help mitigate this effect.
6. Go Get a Gadget
If the above tips do not work, there are a range of devices to help address snoring:
Try a 'gum guard'. These devices - similar in style to a sporting mouth guard - hold the jaw muscles in a way that helps open up the throat and airway. Your doctor can help you choose which one suits you best.
If your snore comes from vibrations in your nose rather than your throat, you can get nose clips and nose strips that hold your nostrils open while you sleep. Your doctor or pharmacist can help you choose the right clip.
Finally, if gum guards and nose clips do not do the trick, there are a number of other more advanced devices available which can help you not only stop snoring, but get a much better night's sleep. Persistent snoring is often associated sleep apnea. There are some impressively high-tech solutions out there... Australian company
are worldwide leaders in sleep apnea device design and manufacturing and have a range that is suitable for most applications. Further, the
CSIRO recently developed
a technique to use 3D scanning of the mouth and a 3D printer to create custom mouth pieces. Again, your doctor can assist you with making the right choice and making sense of all of the options available to you.
7. Go Under the Knife
As a final resort, surgery may be necessary to stop your snoring. This should be treated as a final (and drastic) option. Your doctor is the best person to talk to should all of the above options fail and you decide to consider surgery. ------ This article was provided by our online health partner Health365. To learn more about
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Why You Need Fibre In Your Diet
Increasing your fibre intake may - at first - seem like a bit of a contradiction. On the one hand, fibre not typically absorbed very well by the body. Why eat more of something that your body can't absorb? On the other hand, if your diet lacks fibre, you will definitely know about it. Let's take a closer look at why you need fibre.
Why You Need Fibre
The benefits of fibre can best be studied by looking at what diets lacking in fibre can cause versus the benefits that diets rich in fibre offer. Diets
low in fibre
can lead to a number of health conditions, ranging from constipation and weight gain to fatigue and blood sugar fluctuations. Diets
high in fibre
generally lead to much better overall health, weight management, more regular bowel movements, better digestion and a reduced risk of a range of serious diseases.
The 2 types of fibre
There are two types of dietary fibre that are both subtly different, yet both are important for overall health.
1. Soluble Fibre
be digested by your body, but usually very slowly compared to other carbohydrates. As a result, when you eat a diet rich in soluble fibre, the soluble fibre is digested slowly and can lead to more sustained energy and constant blood sugar levels after eating. High fibre diets can also help with weight loss, as the slow digestion of soluble fibre leads to longer feeling of fullness that may prevent snacking and a more prolonged energy release.
Why You Need Soluble Fibre
Soluble fibre may help with:
controlling blood sugar levels
inflammatory bowel conditions
Good Sources of Soluble Fibre
2. Insoluble Fibre
We have established that soluble fibre
be digested, albeit slowly.
soluble fibre, on the other hand, remains largely undigested as it passes through your digestive tract. Just because it is not digested does not mean it doesn't play a critical role in digestion and overall health. During digestion, insoluble fibre passes through to the intestine, bringing water with it. This increases bulk and hydration of waste products. In short, this helps you go to the bathroom more regularly and the additional water in your waste helps you avoid constipation. Insoluble fibre can also help promote a feeling of fullness for those looking to lose weight / reduce snacking.
Why You Need Insoluble Fibre
Insoluble Fibre may help with:
maintaining regular bowel movement
Good sources of Insoluble fibre
leafy green vegetables
Superfoods For Fibre
Super Chia Seeds
not only contains double the amount of fibre than oats, they also contain both soluble
insoluble fibre, so are a great way to top up your dietary fibre levels. Try them if you are actively looking for an easy way to increase your fibre intake.
Final Tips For Increasing Fibre
Adults need to get 25 to 30g of fibre each day. Most Australians do not get this much fibre. If you are struggling to get enough fibre in your diet, a
fibre supplement like our Adult Fibre VitaGummies
may offer some benefit.
Sudden increases in dietary fibre may cause abdominal pain or flatulence. If you currently have a low fibre diet and are trying to increase your fibre levels, do so gradually over the course of several weeks.
Finally, increasing your fibre intake may require an increase in the amount of water you need to drink in a day. Since you pass more water as waste in a high fibre diet, increasing fibre intake may bring increased risk of dehydration. Dry mouth, increased thirst, headache or dark coloured urine are all signs you may be dehydrated and need to drink more water.
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