Many people don’t realize that colds and flu can cause snoring, or make snoring even worse. When your nasal tissue swells during a cold, the airflow through your nose becomes blocked or restricted. This congestion may force you to breathe through your mouth, which can lead to snoring.
So how do I get a good night’s sleep?
1) Elevate your head. Sleeping flat on your back is not a good idea. Use an extra pillow to help drain your sinuses, and reduce congestion.
2) Steer clear of antihistamines that contain sedatives. These relax your upper airways, causing more air resistance in your nose and throat which can lead to snoring. The same applies to alcohol and sleeping pills.
3) Use a humidifier if you can. If you have a humidifier, try and use it while you have a cold. This will help keep the air in your bedroom moist.
4) Have a hot shower before bed. The warm water can help open your nasal pages.
5) Try using Snoreeze Nasal Strips or Snoreeze Nasal Spray, available at Boots. Both products work by opening the airways in your nose to provide snoring relief. The nasal spray contains a unique blend of natural active ingredients, while the nasal strips are both hypoallergenic and latex-free. You could experience up to 8 hours of peaceful, snore-free sleep.
Get healthy faster
Snoring stops you from getting a good night’s sleep. Achieving an uninterrupted 7-9 hours of sleep per night is very important for your health, especially when your immune system is fighting a cold. The act of snoring can also make a sore throat feel worse; the vibrations in the back of your throat can result in a dry, scratchy feeling.
Getting enough sleep means you can get healthy faster. Try to go to bed earlier than usual, and rest when you need to. By looking after yourself, and using a good snoring relief product, you’ll be over your cold in no time at all.
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What is a Snoreeze Nasal Strip?
Voted Favourite Snoring Support Product in Vitamin Awards 2017!
Watch top cyclists, athletes, even basket ball players and you’ll see what looks like a piece of coloured sticking plaster across the bridge of their nose. What is it? How does it help them compete and how can it help you stop snoring?
What you can see is called a nasal strip. It is a bit like a sticking plaster but stiffer and more ‘springy’. Placed sticky-side down across the bridge of your nose – just below where the upper bone part joins the flexible lower part – and the springiness stops your nostrils collapsing when you breathe in.
Nasal strips improve athletic performance by helping breathed-in air flow more easily through your nostrils. Easing the flow of air through your nose not only helps you breathe more efficiently during exercise, it can also help reduce your snoring while you sleep.
Breathing Through Your Nose Can Help Reduce Snoring
During sleep the lining of the throat relaxes and collapses into the airways. Breathed-in air races through these narrowed airways generating the vibrations that are amplified into the sound of snoring.
Snoring can be made worse by forcing more air to be breathed in through the mouth than through the nose. Anything that stops you breathing through your nose and forces you to breathe more through your mouth is likely to make your snoring worse.
Help Yourself Stop Snoring By Breathing Better Through Your Nose
Illness such as a cold, or allergies to such things as pollen, dust or animals can cause the delicate lining of the airways to become inflamed, swollen, and narrowed. Injury such as a broken nose, and physical features such as polyps or a deviated septum, can narrow one or both nostrils restricting how much air can be breathed through the nose.
Your body needs to breathe while you sleep. Air that can’t be breathed through a blocked or congested nose must be made up for by air breathed through the mouth. Mouth breathing during sleep increases the chance of air turbulence at the back of the throat where snoring starts.
Snoreeze Nasal Strips Ease The Congestion That Causes Snoring
Breathing through a congested or partially blocked nose collapses the sides of the nostrils making the congestion worse. Extra support in needed to prevent the side of the nostrils from collapse and keep your nasal airways open.
Like the nasal strips used by athletes, Snoreeze Nasal Strips provide gentle support to the outside of your nostrils preventing them from collapsing when you breathe in. Using a Snoreeze Nasal Strip is easy. Just peel off the backing and place the strip sticky-side down across your nose just below where the bone ends and the flexible cartilage begins.
Make sure the wings of the strip adhere to the skin on each side of your nose. It’s a good idea to make sure that the sides of your nose are clean and dry before using the strip. Once in place, the springiness of the strip gently lifts the sides of your nose outward allowing air to flow in more easily.
Snoreeze Nasal Strips Are Simple And Medication Free
By slightly widening each nostril, the strip helps air to flow in and out of your nose more easily, which means less needs to be breathed through your mouth and throat. In the morning, gently peel off and discard the strip.
Voted ‘Favourite Snoring Support Products’ Winner in Boots’ Vitamin Awards 2017, Snoreeze Nasal Strips are latex and allergen free. Available in discreet flesh coloured tone, nasal strips help to reduce snoring caused by colds, allergies, congestion and catarrh and provide some relief in cases of polyps or a deviated septum.
Snoreeze Nasal Strips might not turn you into a sporting super star, but they might help you solve your nasal congestion, deviated septum or allergy based snoring problem.
Snoring and nasal congestion – what is nasal congestion?
‘If only I could breathe through my nose, I would stop snoring now!’
How many times have you thought that? Blowing your nose is like trying to force your way through heavy traffic by driving closer to the car in front. It just makes congestion worse.
That is because the amount of catarrh in your nose, is only half of the congestion problem.
Nasal congestion causes snoring – Snoring worsens nasal congestion
It is a vicious circle. Snoring is the sound of your body struggling to force air through too narrow airways. Your narrowed airways collapse inwards with a loud rasping snore and become dry, sore and swollen. Your body tries to protect the dry and inflamed membranes by over-producing the thick, sticky substance you recognise as catarrh.
Heavy catarrh plus narrowed airways make congestion. A cold, hay fever or other allergy will make that congestion worse and make you snore even more.
Opening your airways eases nasal congestion and relieve snoring
Snoreeze natural ingredients are formulated to ease congestion, relieve the discomfort of dry soreness by helping you breathe freely and easily through open airways.
Natural peppermint extracts, menthols and eucalyptus oils in Snoreeze snoring relief oral strips, nasal and throat sprays reduce inflammation, soothe dry soreness and ease nasal congestion.
Break the vicious circle of nasal congestion and problem snoring. Breathe more easily, rest more easily and snore less with Snoreeze.
We've all been there. You've felt fine all day, but as soon as your head hits the pillow...BAM! Your nose has transformed into a dripping tap and even breathing is a struggle.
Check out our 7 top tips for falling (and staying!) asleep when you've got a cold.
There's nothing worse than struggling to drift off because you feel all bunged up. Raising the level of your head while you sleep can really help to solve this problem by draining your sinuses. Adding a few more pillows under your head may seem like a good idea, but this can force your neck to be at an uncomfortable angle, causing pain the following day. Instead, try putting a few large books underneath your mattress. This should raise your body from the waist up, rather than just raising your neck.
You’ll probably need some sort of decongestant or flu medication before bed. But beware; many of these kinds of medications contain caffeine or other stimulants. That’s great during the day when you’re feeling run down and nee a pick-me-up, but taking them too close to bedtime can really disrupt your sleep. Try to avoid any caffeinated drinks or medications after 3 or 4pm and opt for a special night-time cold and flu medication that will make you drowsy.
It's natural for most of us to breathe through our noses while we sleep, but this can be almost impossible if you're full of cold. Nasal sprays are a great way to decongest your nasal passages when you’re all bunged up, helping you to breathe more easily throughout the night. Many of these sprays contain stimulants, so many end up having a negative impact on your sleep. Snoreeze Nasal Spray is made from natural ingredients. So, while it still decongests your nasal passages effectively, it won’t keep you awake at night.
Repeatedly blowing your nose can irritate the skin on your face and leave you with a headache. Having a hot shower or bath can help to clear your sinuses before bed. Placing a bowl of water on the radiator overnight can help to keep the room humid, stopping your throat from drying out and hopefully easing your tickly cough.
We mean nasal strips, of course! These little beauties work wonders when you’re struggling to breathe through your nose. You apply one to the top of your nose and it works by holding your nostrils open to help the air get through. Snoreeze Nasal Strips are hypoallergenic, latex free, and come in two different sizes. They’re great because you can safely use them in combination with nasal sprays or decongestant medications.
It’s difficult to sleep if your room is the wrong temperature, or if you have thin curtains letting outside light in. Try and create a space that is perfect for sleep. Get rid of all sources of light. The darker your room is, the better. Banish all gadgets, making sure to not look at any devices like smartphones or tablets just before bed as the blue light they emit has been proven to disrupt sleep.
Sleeping on your back can also increase your chances of snoring; something many people find themselves doing when suffering from a cold. Try sleeping on your side instead. If you're a natural back-sleeper, prop yourself up with a few pillows to make sure you don't roll back during the night. (You might want to put a tissue or hand towel under your face to catch any mucus throughout the night...YUM!)
Christmas is supposed to be a time for giving, but our YouGov survey revealed that suffering partners across the UK are having their sleep taken from them. The festive season is fast approaching; and there’s more than one reason why it could be about to leave you having sleepless nights.
With the party season upon us, it’s likely that most people will be enjoying a couple of extra drinks over the next few weeks. However, while you are blissfully unaware in your alcohol-induced slumber, you may well be disturbing the sleep of everyone around you. 13% of people in relationships who took part in the YouGov survey said that their partner snores after a tipple. Alcohol leads to relaxed muscle tension in the upper airway. This can lead to narrowed airways, the vibration of soft tissue, and the sound of snoring. Click here to see how drinking alcohol can influence snoring and what you can do to help the problem.
Having a few too many mulled wines isn’t the only thing that could be causing you to snore this Christmas. 16% of those in relationships surveyed said that their partner snores when suffering from a cold or allergies. Colds and a blocked nose can cause snoring as the nasal passages become congested. This congestion limits airflow, increasing air turbulence and making you more likely to snore. Click here to see how having a cold or blocked nose can influence snoring and what you can do to help the problem.
Christmas is a time of indulgence and excess, particularly when it comes to food. Overeating often leads to winter weight gain. Many people don’t realise that being just a few kilograms overweight can really increase your risk of snoring. Extra fat around your neck can cause the upper airways to narrow, limiting your ability to breathe freely. Being overweight can also mean that you do not have the muscle tone necessary to keep your upper airway open while you sleep and prevent vibration of soft tissue in your throat. Click here to see how weight can influence snoring and what you can do to help the problem.
With 22% of those in relationships with a snorer saying that they had slept in separate rooms to give themselves a break from the noise, it is clear that snoring could possibly create relationship difficulties. This kind of relationship stress certainly doesn’t pave the way for a very merry Christmas, and snoring is a problem that couples can no longer afford to ignore.
It is a well-known fact that Santa only comes when you are sleeping, so make sure that snoring doesn’t stop you or your loved ones getting the rest you deserve this Christmas.
As freezing temperatures are forecast to continue into the weekend, the UK is wrapping-up to stay warm in the run up to Christmas. For many of us, we’ve already received our first surprise gift of the festive season… a cold!
Well, a lot more than you may think. A typical symptom of the common cold is a nasal congestion. This can cause obstruction of the nasal passages, forcing you to breathe through your mouth which can lead to snoring.
Nasal irritation often increases during the night which can further increase the impact that a blocked nose can have on snoring.
This video by NHS Choices provides some useful information on how to prevent contracting a virus.
For those of you who are unlucky enough to catch a cold, try using Snoreeze Nasal Spray or Snoreeze Nasal Strips to relieve nasal congestion.