5 Wacky Tips to Avoid Snoring – Outrageous Ways to Stop Snoring!

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That’s Right.

Today, I want to discuss numerous tips to avoid snoring, but not the usual kind.

No, these are a “bit out there” shall we say.

I’m a firm believer in using natural remedies to stop or avoid snoring. Proven techniques, such as practicing good sleep hygiene and habits, avoiding certain foods, ensuring that you exercise regularly to help you relax, and to help open up your airways, etc.

That doesn’t mean that there aren’t alternative approaches, some that perhaps you’ve never even considered before.

So without further ado here are my 5 wacky tips to avoid snoring.

1. Take Up Playing the Didgeridoo

How exactly can a wind instrument most commonly associated with indigenous Australians help you stop snoring?

Well it appears that playing the didgeridoo requires a technique known as circular breathing.

This is a term that is probably very familiar to anyone who plays a wind instrument. It involves breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth simultaneously. This allows the musician to keep a continuous tone.

Thanks for the music lesson Partha, it’s much appreciated, but what about my snoring?

Okay, just getting there.

Playing the didgeridoo can strengthen the throat muscles. This in turn will help the muscles of the upper airway to stop relaxing too much or from collapsing while you sleep. The result, you are far less likely to snore.

It is also claimed that playing the didgeridoo can have a very calming effect on the mind, which will help you to relax more, thus improving the overall quality of your sleep.

Don’t believe me?

Well here comes the science bit!

The British Medical Journal published a study in 2006 on the effects playing the didgeridoo had on sleep.

The control group of mainly men aged around 50 played the didgeridoo for approximately 25 minutes a day, 6 days a week.

The results found that the participants were significantly less sleepy during the day (that’s what a good night’s sleep will do for you) and their partners reported far fewer disruptions during the night, such as snoring.

If the didgeridoo isn’t your cup of tea, you can achieve the same results from playing another wind or brass instrument, such as the trumpet or trombone.

Sticking with the musical theme…

2. Start Singing and Avoid Snoring

You’re not going to be very popular with the neighbors I’m afraid – if you’re not playing the didgeridoo then you may want to consider singing.

Singing, in much the same way as playing a wind instrument, can help to treat snoring by strengthening the muscles at the back of your mouth and throat.

However, I’m not suggesting that you start hollering your favorite Britney or Beyonce ballad on a daily basis, and please don’t inflict your “I Will Survive” rendition on every local karaoke bar you can find.

No, singing to avoid snoring is more about the sounds you make. You will use your throat muscles, soft palate and tongue muscles in order to produce certain noises.

This is the brainchild of choir director, Alise Ojay from Exeter, South West England, UK.

She first published her exercise program, Singing for Snorers in 2002, and it’s still going strong today.

Here’s Alise in action – I’m not sure what’s worse, the singing or the snoring!

3. Take a Long-Haul Flight

Okay, you don’t have to spend a few hundred dollars just to deal with your snoring.

However, the flight socks that you may typically wear on a long-haul flight could be the answer for that snoring problem.

Flight socks are said to reduce the buildup of fluid in the lower legs and this is especially important when you are flying for a number of hours, unable to freely walk about and exercise the legs.

Flight socks are also used to treat varicose veins.

There is now evidence from a number of medical and sleep-related studies that claim that this fluid can actually fall towards the neck area when we lie down, due to the effects of gravity.

This can eventually lead to sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea most commonly occurs due to excess fat and fluid around the neck, forcing the neck muscles to collapse. This will often stop you from breathing for a few seconds, and upon taking your next breath, the air will vibrate against the soft tissue in your throat making a “snoring” noise.

The University of Toronto in Canada conducted a study into the use of flight socks while sleeping in patients who suffered from sleep apnea.

It was found that participants who wore flight socks had far less fluid moving towards their necks, and this more than halved the number of times their sleep was disrupted during the night because of sleep apnea.

4. Do Your Best Serena Williams Impression

Admittedly, this has nothing to do with “grunting” or any other throat or vocal exercises for that matter.

It is widely accepted that sleeping on your back can contribute to snoring.

Therefore, most chronic snorers are told to sleep on the side. (Over the years, how many times has your partner tried to push you onto your side during the night?)

However, if you’re not used to sleeping on your side, chances are you’re just going to roll onto your back again at some point during the night.

Lying on your back will create greater pressure on the throat, and if you’re a “throat snorer” then this is just asking for trouble.

A popular method to deal with this is to sew a tennis ball into the back of your pajamas or an old t-shirt.

This will increase the likelihood of you staying on your side throughout the night, as it will be incredibly uncomfortable whenever you roll onto your back.

I wouldn’t suggest sleeping with a tennis ball forever. Within a few weeks you will hopefully have adjusted to sleeping on your side and then you can ditch the ball.

5. Will You Marry Me?

Okay, not literally.

But there does happen to be an anti-snoring ring available in the marketplace.

Yes, that’s right, a ring, that you put on your finger.

Stay with me here.

The ring should be placed on your little finger, usually about an hour or so before you go to bed.

The ring isn’t a complete circle, as there is a part removed. This creates two ridges which rest on the top of your little finger.

It is said that the anti snoring ring focuses specifically on two acupressure points located on the top of the little finger. By applying pressure to these points it is claimed that you can balance your bio-rhythms and unblock your nasal passages.

To Sum Up

So, there you have it – My 5 Wacky Tips to Avoid Snoring.

All of these methods have been used by people who snore and many claim that their snoring has been completely cured.

Therefore, no matter how weird or outrageous these “cures” may seem, there does seem to be evidence to back them up.

However, if you’re not quite ready to start playing the didgeridoo, or take up singing lessons, and the idea of a ring or tennis ball seems ridiculous, you may want to check out my review of The Stop Snoring & Sleep Apnea Exercise Program.

The program provides completely natural techniques to cure snoring and there’s not a pair of flight socks in sight.

16 thoughts on “5 Wacky Tips to Avoid Snoring – Outrageous Ways to Stop Snoring!”

  1. I really enjoyed your post. I have heard a few of these before. However the long haul flight seems extreme :-). Very well put together and fun post.

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  2. I have never heard on an anti-snoring ring! That is so interesting and it’s crazy what people invent these days. This was such a great read and made me smile.

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    • Hi Rosie,

      Great to hear from you.

      Yes there are indeed many “out there” cures for snoring and these methods are literally just the tip of the iceberg.

      Thanks
      Partha

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  3. Hi Partha,

    Wow, these are definitely wacky tips for snores. I’ve been to Australia and saw people play didgeridoo. I think that’s a kind of hard.
    My husband snores when he sleeps but he doesn’t like long haul flight. I never thought singing can take care of snoring problems. Thanks for the tips. I’ll get my husband to sing for our baby before bed. Baby is happy, he’ll stop snoring and I’ll be a happy mama. 🙂

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    • Hi Ferra,

      Thanks for the comments.

      Yes there are various strange, weird and wonderful methods to cure snoring.

      Funnily enough most of these seem to be proven to work as well.

      Well that’s what I like to hear, a happy family.

      Partha

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  4. Partha,
    Love your humorous writing style… these are certainly wacky cures. I suppose that I would need to ask my wife which cure she would hate less than snoring…since I’m usually asleep at that time and don’t hear the snoring 🙂

    Bob

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    • Hi Bob,

      Always great to hear from you and thank you ever so much for your kind comments.

      Haha, yes, it’s probably best to include your wife on any potential solution.

      Thanks
      Partha

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  5. Hi Partha; I really enjoyed your post! It’s amazing that all these ‘wacky’ things can stop snoring problems. What creativity you have in writing relevant information.

    This article is a wonderful precursor to your link at the bottom of the post to read your review! Brilliantly written, I enjoyed it.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Joanie

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    • Hi Joanie,

      Fantastic to hear from you, a fellow writer about sleep disorders.

      I’m glad you you enjoyed the article.

      I’m sure my readers would also love to check out your website Happy Deep Sleep.

      Thanks again Joanie
      Partha

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  6. Interesting and funny ways to stop snoring, you said it’s outrageous, however, I’m definitely 100% agree with you.
    Especially in using wind instrument and singing, in Japan, this practice enhances the deep breathing exercise, inhale from your nose and exhale through your mouth, this will strengthen the throat muscles.
    This, in turn, will help the muscles of the upper airway to stop relaxing too much or from collapsing while you sleep. The result, you are far less likely to snore.

    Thank you for sharing,
    Lynn

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    • Hi Lynn,

      Yes indeed, singing (and playing wind instruments) are a great way to strengthen the throat muscles, and often this is one of causes for a person’s snoring.

      You are perfectly correct about the muscles of the upper airway collapsing during sleep because of weak throat muscles, and this can actually be a contributing factor to sleep apnea.

      Thanks
      Partha

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  7. Thank you for this article!

    I love your use of images and your ability to describe points and keep the reader engaged. Especially with your final point, I found a lot of these methods that you listed here interesting.

    Keep up the great work!
    -Joseph

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    • Hi Joseph,

      Thank you ever so much for your kind comments.

      I’m glad you found the article interesting and enjoyed my style of writing and the images.

      That made me feel good.

      Thank You
      Partha

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