You’ve probably heard many reasons of why you should cut down or stop smoking. From reducing the chances of developing diseases like lung cancer, to improving your blood circulation (giving you more energy). But did you know that stopping smoking can also help you stop snoring?
How do cigarettes cause snoring?
Cigarette smoke irritates and damages the lining of your nasal cavity and throat, causing swelling and reducing the airway tissue’s elasticity. Loss of elasticity means this tissue is more likely to collapse.
Obstruction of the nasal passages may force you to breathe through your mouth which can lead to snoring or sleep apnoea. Swelling of the throat can lead to a narrowing of the upper airway, restricting your ability to breathe freely.
5 top tips to help you stop smoking
It can be difficult to break long-term habits. But making small lifestyle changes can get you started on your journey to a smoke-free life.
1. Positive mindset
Think positive, do positive. You may have tried to quit before, but don’t let this put you off. Make a list of reasons of why you want to stop, and look back on it when you’re starting to struggle.
2. Make a plan
Set a date to quit smoking and stick to it. It’s a great way to mentally prepare yourself.
3. Buddy up
If you can, grab a friend that’s also thinking of quitting. You can keep each other motivated and won’t feel as alone.
4. Keep your hands and mouth busy
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) can double your chances of success. As well as patches, there are tablets, lozenges, gum and a nasal spray. And if you like holding a cigarette, there are handheld products like the inhalator or e-cigarettes.
5. Get moving
A review of scientific studies has proved that exercise -even a 5-minute walk or stretch – cuts cravings. It may even help your brain produce anti-craving chemicals.
Take your first step
Talk to your GP
Many people don’t realise that their GP can help them quit. They can enroll you in a “stop smoking” clinic, and prescribe nicotine replacement therapy.
Join your local stop smoking service
You’re up to 4 times more likely to quit successfully with the help of a local stop smoking service. Find your nearest NHS Stop Smoking Service from the NHS Smokefree website, or call the Smokefree National Helpline on 0300 123 1044 to speak to a trained adviser.
Consider using a nicotine product
Your GP can offer you nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). You might also consider trying e-cigarettes. While they’re not completely risk-free, they’re much safer than cigarettes and can help people stop smoking.
Find online support
Visit the NHS Better Health website for online support including apps, communities and motivational emails.
Ditch the cigarettes on National No Smoking Day 2022, and you can lead a happier, snore-free life.