16 Simple Snoring Remedies – How to Stop Snoring 0 238

16 Simple Snoring Remedies - How to Stop Snoring

Snoring is one of the most unpleasant and irritable sounds you could ever hear, Period. The person snoring might not mind but the people around him/her would probably go crazy from the annoying sound that the snorer makes.

If you’re one of the people who finds snoring really annoying, then you better read this article and help your snoring friend or family member remedy their condition.  On the other hand. If you’re a snorer and people have been complaining about your incessant snoring, then you should read this article as well.

So to stop snoring we must first understand why snoring occurs. So… Why do people snore anyway?

Don’t worry, snoring is very common. Research shows that almost half of all American adults are snoring late at night.  The act of snoring occurs when airflow in your throat is interrupted or obstructed as you breathe in your sleep. While breathing, the tissues in your throat start to vibrate and create irritating and disturbing sounds.

To put it more simply, try breathing through your mouth and through your nose at the same time. You’ll find that you’ll be producing “snore” like sounds. Go on try it.

It’s true that some people don’t snore and sleep like a baby. And speaking of babies, do you ever wonder why babies rarely snore? In fact, snoring is very common among adults but rare among infants and children.  Snoring is a natural body function but it can also be a sign of stress, sleep deprivations, obesity, bad sleeping position, and in some cases it could be an indicator of bad health. And guess what? Adults are prone to health conditions.

You could help prevent snoring by cutting off the problem at its roots.  Here are 16 methods to help prevent snoring or stop snoring entirely.

  1. Adopt a proper sleeping position

You’re sleeping position might be the cause for your snoring. Sleeping in uncomfortable positions might cause obstructions in your breathing, causing your body to produce irritable sounds.  You can adopt a proper sleeping position to help your body take in air flow easily and prevent snoring from occurring.

  1. Elevate your head

If you find sleeping on your side uncomfortable, then you might want to try elevating your head. You can get a tiltable bed if you have the money. However, a simple pillow might be the solution to your problems. Get a large head pillow that can elevate your head by a few inches, this allows your airways to open wider and allow more air to flow into your throat.

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Elevate your head
  1. Lose the flab

Sorry to break it to you but if you’re a little bit overweight or a little bit fat, then that might be the reason on why you’re snoring in the first place. Excess tissues might be blocking your airways causing you to produce snoring noises. There are even cases of fat people choking in their sleep.

Get some exercise and go on a weight loss diet. Try consulting a doctor, a nutritionist or a trainer to help you lose weight. You can even try some supplements to help you.

  1. Dilate your nostrils

You could use a nasal dilator to solve your snoring problem. It’s a stiffened adhesive strip that is applied on top of the nose. This allows your nose to breathe easier at night by decreasing the airflow resistance in your nasal cavity.

Another option would be to use nasal strips. Just nasal like dilator’s, nasal strips help improve your breathing. They are placed on the bridge of the nose and helps reduce the chances of snoring.

  1. Have nose surgery

Sometimes it’s really not your fault. Some people are just born with a deviated septum. This deviation separates the sides of the nose which greatly restricts airflow. That is why you might need some nose surgery to help correct this deviation.

  1. Remove allergens from your sleeping environment

Allergies can greatly reduce the airflow through your nose. This forces your body to suck in more air or to breathe directly into your mouth. You might be allergic to something in your area. It could be a cat, dust, pollen, etc.

Take some allergy medication to help resolve the problem. It would be better if you could find the cause of your allergy and remove it from your sleeping environment.

  1. Don’t take sedatives before going to bed

Sedatives might be causing you to snore. Try finding other ways to help you sleep.

  1. Stop smoking

Smoking is a very dangerous habit. It doesn’t just destroy your lungs but it also damages your gums and teeth as well.  Smoking also causes respiratory problems and abhorrent snoring is one of its earliest symptoms.

Quit as soon as you can.

  1. Don’t drink too much alcohol

Getting wasted or intoxicated might cause snoring.  Alcohol will loosen up your throat muscles which cause snoring.

How to Stop Snoring
How to Stop Snoring
  1. Get the recommended hours of sleep

The recommended hours of sleep is between 7 to 8 hours a day. Sleep deprivation could be the cause of your snoring. And if that’s the case, then you better get some zzz’s.  Why getting enough sleep should be a priority – read on.

  1. Get palatal implants

It’s a procedure where they inject braids of polyester into you mouths palate. This stiffens the insides of your mouth and it helps reduce the sound of snoring.

  1. Get a uvulopalatopharyngoplasty

A uvulopalatopharyngoplasty or UPPP for short is a procedure where they tighten the throat tissue.  This greatly reduces the chances of snoring.

  1. Get a somnoplasty

A somnoplasty is a little bit less intimidating than other surgical procedures. It’s a fairly new treatment that uses low-intensity sound waves to shrink the tissues in your throat. This effectively reduces the sound of snoring.

  1. Use oral appliances

Oral appliances are dental mouthpieces that open up your air passages. This makes it easier to breathe and it also prevents snoring.

  1. Use a CPAP machine

What’s a CPAP machine? CPAP stands for “continuous positive airway pressure”. It’s basically a pressurized air mask that helps keep your airways open.  WebMD – How to Sleep Easier With Your CPAP Machine

  1. Do breathing exercises

One of the reasons on why we have breathing problems is mostly because we have weak lungs.

Learning proper breathing techniques strengthens the lungs and diaphragm allowing your body to take in more air. It may take months or even years but it may be a long-term solution to your snoring problem.

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How To Work Hard Without Sacrificing Your Sanity 0 285

How To Work Hard Without Sacrificing Your Sanity

Companies idealize hard work and some even promise that you get compensated well without sacrificing your sanity.  But let’s be honest here, ok.  In the modern world, we know better. Most of us know that a lot of things are fake and that it’s hard to keep it real. In short, it’s hard to be authentic.

We eat more than we need. We buy overpriced coffee because of the brand. We buy cool looking t-shirts that we hardly ever use, and we waste our time watching mindless movies. Society dictates that we must keep a certain image.

Yes, you might be following the trends, but deep inside you feel empty. Deep inside, you feel you are a fraud.

The “more is more” lifestyle

You may be familiar with the “more is more” lifestyle. The more we have the better we are.  We often apply this lifestyle to our work as well. We clock in at the earliest possible time, then we work ourselves to death until we go crazy! In fact, people who sacrifice their lives are often branded as star employees!

I’m not telling you that this lifestyle is bad. In fact, if you keep working like this, you’ll eventually earn more money than your coworkers. However, your coworkers would probably be happier and healthier than you. Is that a good tradeoff?

Well if you don’t like to live like this, then I have good news for you. You can still be a hard worker and keep your sanity. You can work hard all day and do overtime without losing sight of who you are. You can even be successful and still be a nice guy (but that’s for another article).

So what’s your point?

What I’m trying to say here is that you can enjoy work even if you’re constantly on overtime. You don’t have to be fake, you can be who you are.

Of course, you still have to do your job well and impress your boss. Here are some tips and tricks to help maintain your sanity.

  1. Learn when to say “No”

Don’t be a Yes man/ Yes woman. Your friend might ask for help on their project. You really want to help them but you’re also burdened by projects as well. Some people would sacrifice their own time and work to help a friend out. Sure, you’ll be a good friend when you help them out but you’ll probably be reprimanded for not doing your job.

If you sacrifice yourself, then you’re going to miss deadlines and produce shoddy work. You may even lose your job for it!

Don’t be a martyr. Prioritize yourself before helping others. Remember that you can’t really help people out if you can’t even help yourself.

  1. Learn when to say “Yes”

After learning when to say “No”, you have to learn when to say “Yes”. To be more precise, you should know when you should help people out.

When you lend a helping hand, you are providing value to your colleagues. People will rely on you more, and your boss might see potential in you.  If you help people regularly, then you will most likely be put in a leadership role.

That means you’ll be spending more time managing people and less time doing menial labor.

  1. Take small breaks from time to time

Yes, this might seem pretty obvious but you’ll be surprised to see that most people don’t even take breaks when they’re stressed out. This is a recipe for disaster.

If you think that you’ve had enough, then STOP. Don’t think about the consequences, don’t think about your schedule, and don’t think about getting fired. Just STOP. Let go and take a break.

Once you’ve calmed down, then get back to work. You’ll find out that you’re more productive and more likely to get the job done.

  1. Focus

One of the reasons why you’re taking too long would be because you aren’t focused enough. I often waste my time replying to useless email and surfing on the internet. I know that it’s a bad habit but sometimes it helps me think that I’m being productive.

Well, to tell you the truth, I was only using it as an excuse to slack off and not do my job.

If you want to stay as sane as possible, then you have to do your job as quickly as possible.

  1. Be active during meetings

You miss a lot when you’re not paying attention. If you fail to ask questions or be passive during meetings, then things really won’t go your way.

You can express your concerns, your opinions, and even your feelings during meetings. You might not get what you want all the time but there’s a slight chance that you might have your way.

Get out there and be active.

  1. Keep contact with your boss from time to time

Most workers fear their employer. In fact, some employees do whatever they can to avoid talking to their boss.  And when they do meet their boss, they usually nod in affirmation and agree with everything that their boss says. If you’re doing this, then let me tell you one thing. You’re making a huge mistake.

Sure, you’ll feel less awkward and less pressured but you’re also sacrificing your productivity as well. You need to meet regularly with your boss and contact them from time to time. This is very important because you’ll be more informed to get the job done.

You will finish your work faster if you ask for your boss’s opinion and advice. And you will have good relations with your boss as well. Don’t let the fear of interacting with your boss get in the way of your productivity.


Well, those are some tips and tricks to help keep your sanity during work. Going crazy is a big no-no. Sure, it may be hard to keep your sanity if you’re missing tons of deadlines but if you know how to deal with it, then you can minimize the damage.

Remember that these are just tips and tricks. The best way to keep your sanity while working is to prioritize your well-being first. Eat healthily, sleep as much as you can, and exercise regularly.

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Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace 0 326

Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace

Honesty is the best policy is an old but well-known proverb. It certainly is and a lot of people believe it. People will always appreciate the honesty of another.

However, the truth is uncomfortable to talk about, especially when you’re in an office set up. Business relationships are always built in a way where you need to put on a false persona. You need to save face and most of the time you have to hide who you really are.

Many professionals have to put up with this because authenticity in the workplace is something that can’t be easily achieved. No matter what your background is, the cold and honest (ironic huh?) truth remains that you have to hide your real persona.

Being authentic at work might trigger other people. You will be the target of envy, of scorn, and you will be an outcast.

Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace
Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace

What now?

So what does freedom in work actually mean? Does it mean having a pantry filled with things that you can eat at your own leisure? Does it mean having a dress code that allows you to come into the office while your favorite hoodie and sweatpants?

This is true for some people but to many others, it means being able to bring out who they truly are without having to fear to be an outcast. It means that’s they can simply be themselves. The question now presents itself, how do we achieve this for everyone?

We are all made up of layers

In this age, if you don’t act like other people or do what other people do, then you are already a target for scorn. Your unique perspective and actions aren’t really accepted by corporations and businesses.

People who come from the LGBTQ+ community or married individuals who choose not to have children may find that even the simplest of questions could open up a hazardous path leading to awkward office conversations. These people may be forced to answer a question that they don’t want to answer.

Questions like “when do you plan on having kids?” or “are you really gay?” are inquiries that people who fall under the spectrum of being ‘different’ have to deal with every day.  And honestly, it can get very tiring after a while.

Even if you aren’t technically hiding your sexual orientation, people will always still want you to magically conform to the norms of society. They may be thinking that asking questions like this might magically make you change your mind on whatever you’ve already set your heart on. To be honest, this never works.

The Global Head of Culture & Inclusion at Twilio, LaFawn Davis says that “We are all intersectional, meaning all have layers with which we identify. There can also be negative and long-term impact on intersectional technologists from expending the energy to determine whether or not all their layers will be welcomed or excluded”

Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace
Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace

The Pressure to Cover

In day to day office conversations, a non-conforming person may find themselves straining their minds. They are always burdened because they are always trying to think of ways to communicate with other co-workers without offending any of them.

An example of this would be, someone who does not have any interest in the importance of marriage or relationships in general. This person would have to find a way to explain that they are not interested in other people without offending the inquirer. In some cases, the non-conformist will have to evade the question altogether.

In tow with evading a conversation, individuals who find themselves in this type of situation commonly resort to talking about another co-worker. Not from ill intent, but from the perspective that this would be the only way to change the topic.

Of course, this is easier said than done. For the non-conformist, it would be hardly able to shake off the innate feeling of wanting to be different. One could not simply toss aside the feeling of being authentic. But, to talk about taboo things in the office would only lead to more complications.

Research shows that the act of ‘covering’, or the act of someone downplaying their differences from the norm actually affects the workforce badly. 3000 employees in over 20 large US firms had a turnout of 61% of employees that had faced implicit pressure to cover up their true selves in some way. While 50% of employees said that the pressure had disappeared because of their commitment to the company.

However, this practice still has a negative effect on people. This practice hinders the performance of the workers, and it could drain the individual in the process. Covering is also seen as a leading cause of attrition, with over 1000 casualties in companies.

Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace
Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace

Lead with Empathy

The best solution to this persistent problem is to develop safer and friendlier environments for people who fall under the spectrum of ‘non-conforming’. Leading with empathy includes implementing inclusive values, such as respecting an individual’s preferred pronouns.

To an employee, the people with the most influence are their supervisors. Once their team managers make them feel like their needs are acknowledged and that they’ve established that they are in a safe zone, then these individuals will feel less of an outcast and less likely to leave the company. Authentic concern for employees always produces good results, whether or not they are classified into the minority.

Supervisors must also strive to lead by example. Once someone from a higher position starts setting a new norm, their subordinates will start picking up on the habit. If everyone in the company starts being their true to themselves without having to hide behind a mask, then the company can slowly become a safe and conducive environment.

Being ‘authentic’ in this world is a hard feat to accomplish, but staying open and humble in a conversation helps in trying to make authenticity become the new norm. There is no single answer to the existing problem but if leaders lead with bravery and trust, they are sure to herd the industry into the right path.

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