Sometimes a nightcap is a good way to end the evening, but avoid getting sloshed before you hit the sack if you want a peaceful, quiet night's sleep for yourself and your spouse or partner. Too much alcohol will relax the muscles in the back of your throat and make it more likely that even if you don't normally snore you will after drinking.
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Avoiding alcohol is just one of several tips that Dr Sudhansu Chokroverty, program director for Clinical Neurophysiology and Sleep Medicine at JFK Medical Center, shares with Web MD to help people stop snoring. He notes: "Drinking alcohol four to five hours before sleeping makes snoring worse. People who don't normally snore will snore after drinking alcohol."
If you go to bed sober and you still snore, the problem may be dehydration or clogged sinuses that could be alleviated with some water and a hot shower before sleeping. Alternatively, if you never snored, put on a few kilos and suddenly started snoring, it might be time to lose a little weight. Head over to the WebMD piece for some more tips to alleviate snoring, and remember — if your snoring seems chronic no matter what you do, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Consult your doctor for a sleep test if nothing you do seems to help.
7 Easy Snoring Remedies [WebMD]