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4 Reasons Why Pregnancy Is Making You Snore

It may sound surprising, but up to 30% of women begin to snore during their pregnancy. While it often tends to occur in the third trimester, the problem is still common at any stage.

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Reasons why pregnancy is making you snore

If you’re pregnant, there are many reasons why you could have started snoring.

 

1) Swollen nasal passages. During pregnancy, the amount of blood in your body increases, causing your blood vessels to expand. This can lead to swollen nasal passages, forcing you to breathe through your mouth. This can lead to snoring.

 

2) Weight gain. Weight gained through pregnancy can lead to increased tissue in the neck and throat. This narrows your upper airway, and restricts your ability to breathe freely.

 

3) Colds and allergies. Congestion from other causes, like a cold or the flu, can also result in snoring. Nasal irritation often increases at night when snoring is most likely to be a problem.

 

4) Sleep apnoea. Loud snoring can be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). Sufferers experience a blockage in their airway that causes them to briefly stop breathing in their sleep. This can happen hundreds of times a night! Look out for these warning signs: gasping/choking noises, loud snoring and daytime sleepiness.

 

How to treat your snoring

Make sure you’re still making healthy lifestyle choices during your pregnancy. This means avoiding alcohol and tobacco – and trying not to gain more than the recommended amount of weight (you can find more information about that here).

If you suspect you have sleep apnoea, or you’re worried about your snoring, visit your doctor as soon as possible. Loud snoring can lead to high blood pressure, and this can put both you and your pregnancy at risk.

You can treat snoring caused by obstructions of the nasal passages by using a Nasal Spray or Nasal Strips. For more information about finding a snoring solution during pregnancy, click here.

 

The Risk of Smoking & How It Could Trigger Your Snoring

It’s been in the news lately that vaping has helped almost 20,000 people stop smoking. Which is great. We’ve all known of the dangers of smoking for a while now and the problems it can cause on our health. But it’s still difficult to put out that last bud for good.

Add smoking – even living with a smoker – to the list of things that can trigger snoring. Cigarette smoke can irate the lining of the nasal cavity and throat which can cause swelling. The more congested the nasal passage is the more difficult to breathe through your nose becomes. With each cigarette, the likelihood of snoring increases.

Smoking

If you’re not vaping already, it’s advised to avoid smoking for at least 4 hours before going to bed. Stopping smoking altogether could help to alleviate smoking-related snoring. This can be difficult, but the NHS have some really great resources to help you kick the habit for good.

Here’s a range of products that could help… Our Snoreeze Throat Spray, which is proven to be effective for up to 8 hours contains natural ingredients to battle snoring. We also have Snoreeze Lozenges that are fast dissolving to target snoring for immediate effect. 

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