Singing can help reduce snoring

IF YOU live with a snorer, you may have tried all sorts of remedies with or without success.

But have you tried sending them on a talent show like The X Factor?

A new British study has found that joining a choir, or taking singing lessons, can help reduce snoring - good news for long-suffering partners.

The trial, by Exeter University and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, showed that singing exercises strengthened certain throat muscles and helped alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnoea.

Researchers say that, for best results, singing exercises should be teamed with lifestyle changes such as losing weight.

According to Snore Australia, most people will snore at some time but chronic or loud snoring is often associated with sleep-related breathing disorders.

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It says other common causes of snoring include:

  • Allergies
  • Eating too much at night
  • Nasal congestion
  • Deformity of the nose
  • Consumption of alcohol close to bedtime, especially if the amount is large
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Pregnancy
  • Swelling of the muscular part of the roof of the mouth
  • Swollen adenoids or tonsils, especially in children
  • Medications, including sleeping tablets
  • Sleep position - sleeping on your back may cause your throat muscles and tongue to relax

If you are a snorer, there are several devices you can try to reduce your snoring.

These include adhesive devices that cover the nostrils and nasal steroids and allergy treatments.

But you should also see your GP to discuss the problem.

Losing even a little weight can reduce fatty tissue in the back of the throat and decrease snoring, says Snore Australia.

Stopping smoking can also reduce snoring as smoking narrows the airways and smokers are much more likely to suffer from snoring and poor sleep habits.

Topics:  singing sleep apnoea snoring

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