Being overweight is a very common cause of snoring. Fat gets deposited around the soft palate which can create the classic soft snoring caused by palatal flutter, and fat gets deposited around the throat, enabling temporary restriction when the throat muscles relaxed during sleep. Fat around the nostrils can reduce the airflow through the nose.

Whilst hearing a person snoring can be amusing if it is on the train or bus, it is not a funny situation at all.

For the dieter, a vicious circle starts whereby sleep quality is profoundly affected, which can raise appetite.  The chronically tired person tends to get more high energy foods, which leads to increased body weight, and so on.  Decent sleep is essential for the dieter who is trying to lose weight and shift body fat.

If you are living with someone who snores, a relative or a family member perhaps, then the sound might become very disturbing. If you cannot get a good night sleep and always wake up several times in the middle of the night by a sound that can be as loud as a lawnmower or a jet engine in action, then you should be thinking of anti-snoring devices as a solution to the problem. This will probably improve the quality of your relationships too.  It can be very difficult to be civil to someone who deprives you regularly of sleep. See Also: Psychological Weight Loss Techniques

Top Anti Snoring Devices You Can Use

So, if you are trying to lose weight, find out if you are snoring.  If you are, take action right away.

Here are popular anti-snoring devices you can buy for your family member and stop him from disturbing your sleep:

Anti-snoring pillow

One of the reasons why people snore is because they have an improper sleeping position. This causes the air passage to stretch and tighten making it more difficult for air to come in and out. To solve this, there are anti-snoring pillows that relax your airways and maintain the right sleeping position to prevent a person from snoring throughout the night.

Throat and nose spray

One natural remedy to stop snoring is the snoring spray. Formulated with natural ingredients, snoring spray contains essential oils that when sprayed on the throat, provide lubrication that reduces that amount of vibration, hence effectively reduce snoring. Long term use can help tighten the soft palate, which significantly lessens palatal flutter. The downside of these preparations is that it is rather like spraying battery acid up your nose.  You can get used to it though….eventually.

Nasal dilators

Usually made of stainless steel coil or plastic, nasal dilators help keep the air passage open which cut down the throat’s vibration which leads to snoring. Nasal dilators are used by inserting it into the nostrils. These are not so commonly used.

Nasal strips 

Like nasal dilators, nasal strips are used to open the airways on the nose and keep the right amount of airflow during sleep. Nasal strips are often made of plastic. This is one of the more popular anti-snoring devices since it is safe, cheap and effective. You can usually buy these in the supermarket these days too.  In fact, nasal strips are used by athletes for better airflow and respiratory efficiency while playing.

Sleep Position Monitor

This device emits a beeping noise to alert the snorer when he shifts to a position where snoring usually occur (sleeping on their back). However, if you are a relative of a snorer and would want his snoring to stop, then this device may become a whole new problem. But, the aim of this device is not to replace the snorer from keeping you awake in the middle of the night. Instead, it is there to create a brand new sleeping habit. So, good luck with this one.

Once the snorer starts to sleep on his side, the sleep position monitor can be removed.

Snore ball

Snore ball is placed at the back of the snorer (inside his pyjama). When he changes his sleeping position from side to back, the snore ball emits discomfort, a.k.a. pain. In other words, it prevents the snorer from sleeping on his back. It might not be the device a person wants to feel in the middle of the night but some really need it in order to change his sleeping position for good. Some people use golf balls, baseballs or tennis balls as snore balls.

All these anti-snoring devices can prevent a person from snoring, however, snoring can be caused by other medical condition that may need medical attention. To be safe, have your relative or family member be checked by a doctor to know exactly what treatment does he need.

Take advice from suitable clinicians or check out your country’s snoring association (yes, there will be such a thing) to get the best advice on what will work most effectively for you.  what is important is that you address snoring straight away, in order to help get your body and mind under control to aid with effective weight loss.