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Dark Chocolate and Sleep Go Hand-in-Hand this Valentine’s Day

Are you a chocolate lover? Great news: eating dark chocolate could help you get a better night’s sleep.

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Researchers at Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities have found that high levels of magnesium in dark chocolate can help people maintain healthy biological rhythms. In human cells, magnesium levels rise and fall in a daily cycle, and the mineral has been shown to help support a healthy 24-hour clock. It also affects the cells’ rate of metabolism throughout the day.

So, treating yourself to a few pieces of dark chocolate could help you stay adapted to the rhythms of day and night – and this leads to better-quality sleep. But more often than not, snoring can still be an obstacle for people trying to achieve a full night’s sleep.

The good news

Luckily, snoring can be prevented. There are many options available to help restore peace to your bedroom. Nasal Sprays and Nasal Strips provide relief from snoring caused by congestion, and Throat Sprays and Oral Strips target the main cause of snoring – they work by lubricating the soft tissues at the back of the throat.

Even more good news

Do you want to say sorry to a partner you’ve kept awake for months? Do you want to treat yourself to chocolate and great sleep? Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and we have five tote bags packed with Choccywoccydoodah treats to give away. Each bag includes a selection of dark chocolate goodies, and a Snoreeze Throat Spray, Nasal Spray, Nasal Strips and Oral Strips.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Like and share our competition post, and leave a comment telling us why you’d love to win a Snoreeze/Choccywoccydoodah goody bag. (Terms and conditions apply. This competition is open across multiple social media channels. Entries close at midday 12th February.)

 

Winner of Boots Vitamin Awards: 2017

This year, Boots’ customers voted Snoreeze Nasal Strips Large (20) as their favourite snoring support product.

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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.

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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.

Snoreeze Team

7 top tips for sleeping with a cold

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.

 

1. Go head over heels

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.  

 

2. Check your meds

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.   

 

3. Spray away

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.  

 

4. Get steamy

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.   

 

5. Start stripping

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. 

 

6. Optimise your sleep space

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. 

 

7. Roll over

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!)   

3 reasons Christmas could ruin your sleep

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. 

Festive tipples

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.

 

 Winter sniffles

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 nibbles

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. 

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