Having a dry mouth is the main reason why people wake up with bad breath. When we go to sleep, our saliva production decreases. But many people who snore or have sleep apnoea experience severe drying of the mouth because they tend to breathe through their mouths instead of their noses. Saliva is a natural antibiotic, and a dry mouth means that bacteria are able to flourish.
When someone snores, their airway is narrowing far too much. Fast-travelling air is pulled through it when they breathe, dehydrating the tissue at the back of their throat, and causing it to vibrate. This sound is what we know as snoring. If the person’s body feels like it isn’t getting enough oxygen, it might open their mouth to try and increase the air flow. But breathing through your mouth speeds up the drying process, and it results in bad breath come morning.
How can you fix bad breath caused by snoring?
There are several options to choose from when it comes to fixing your bad breath. Using a snore guard is one method – a sort of mouldable mouth guard that encourages you to breathe through your nose by blocking your mouth. Nasal dilators can also be used: small devices that you insert up your nostrils to reduce any resistance to incoming air. However, some people can find these uncomfortable to sleep in.
Another option is to use a nasal spray, or nasal strips. If you’re breathing through your mouth because your nose is blocked, then anti-snoring nasal products will help open up your airways again. Many people with colds start to snore when they become ill – using a nasal spray or nasal strips helps them sleep peacefully through the night.
Remember: mouth-breathing isn’t normal
Breathing through your mouth is abnormal, and if you already snore, it could be a sign of a more serious condition like sleep apnoea. Visit your doctor if you’re worried about your mouth-breathing – ignoring it could lead to high blood pressure and even coronary heart disease. Dealing with your bad breath now means that you’ll reap other health benefits in years to come.
What Type of Snorer Are You?
Choosing the right treatment to solve your snoring problem means knowing a little about why you snore, how you snore and what makes your snoring worse. Let us help you understand what is going on and how snoring relief aids help you treat the cause of your snoring.
Snoring might seem to you like the problem itself. But really, it is only the most obvious symptom of a much more serious underlying problem. The root cause of snoring is ‘sleep disordered breathing’. The only effective way to stop your snoring is to treat the root cause.
Regular snoring can be very loud with more impact on the sleep of your partner than on yours. The main cause of this type of snoring is dehydration and relaxed airways that collapse in on themselves when you sleep. This allows the soft lining of the airways to vibrate causing the rasping sound of snoring.
Allergy, Cold and Blocked Nose Snoring
A blocked nose, cold or allergy and make you snore at certain times of the year. Allergic reactions to dust, pollen, animal material or a virus causes nasal congestion that restricts airflow through the nasal passages. Congestion can cause you to breathe your mouth drying your throat and increasing the vibrations that lead to snoring.
Snoring caused by interrupted breathing whilst sleeping
If you are suffering daytime tiredness or sleepiness during the day, or if your loud and sudden snoring frequently wakes your partner, you might be suffering the sleep related breathing disorder, sleep apnoea. The most common form of sleep apnoea, obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), is caused when lack of muscle tone in the upper airway allows it to collapse, or when the soft palate at the back of the throat partially or fully closes the airway. If you experience any of these symptoms your doctor will be able to talk to you about the available treatments.
Seasonal, occasional or now-and-again snoring
Some snoring is difficult to label or tie down to a particular time or cause. It might be you only snore when you have got a cold or had too good a night out, sleep in a strange bed or place. There might be a number of factors causing your snoring, but they are probably all made worse by nasal congestion and dryness in your throat.
Embarrassing and Away-From-Home Snoring
Snoring away from home, particularly among strangers and new acquaintances can be embarrassing. We offer compact, dry products ideal for travellers and easily carried in hand luggage.
Snoreeze snoring relief aids offer a complete range of effective products to help you stop snoring and tailored to the way you snore and the way you live.
This year, Boots’ customers voted Snoreeze Nasal Strips Large (20) as their favourite snoring support product.
Snoring is one of the most common causes of sleep disturbance – as many as 1 in 4 people in the England snore regularly – and it can be very distressing both for the snorer and their partner. With Snoreeze Nasal Strips, the snorer simply applies a single strip across the bridge of their nose. The flexible bands gently open the airways and improves airflow to provide an effective snoring relief for up to 8 hours. Strips are available in sizes small/medium and large.
In addition to Snoreeze Nasal Strips, the Snoreeze range includes Throat Spray, Lozenges, Oral Strips, Throat Rinse, Nasal Spray and the latest Snoreeze Oral Device.
To find out more, please visit your local Boots store and see their fantastic in-store offers.
Thanks for taking part in the Boots Vitamin Award’s this year and as always – sweet dreams.
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!)
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.