By Austin Sheeley

In some cases snoring is a sign of a serious medical problem. In other cases, it’s not. Either way it can be a serious relationship problem—especially if your partner has made an effort to sleep through the snoring (ear plugs, noise machines, whatever) and you’ve done nothing to stop it.

Sometimes lifestyle changes are enough to stop snoring. These include—

  • Losing Weight
  • Exercising
  • Quitting Smoking
  • Avoiding Alcohol/Caffeine/Sedatives Before Bed
  • Establishing a Regular Sleep Pattern
  • Keeping Nasal Passages Clear
  • Humidifying Bedroom Air
  • Sleeping on Your Side

If these don’t work for you, there are also several medical treatments worth trying out.

1. Dental Appliances

Also known as mandibular advancement devices, these are the cheapest medical treatment available. They work by bringing your lower jaw and tongue forward slightly, which opens your airway and can stop or reduce snoring. They can be found online at

2. CPAP Machines

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines help control obstructive sleep apnea, a medical condition that causes snoring in which the sleeper stops breathing briefly multiple times throughout the night. CPAP machines work by pumping air into one’s mouth, nose, or both to keep their airway open.

3. Surgery

Options include uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, thermal ablation palatoplasty, tonsillectomy, and adenoidectomy. These work by removing tissue or correcting abnormalities to open a patient’s airways. However, there are potential side effects such as scarring which could actually make an airway narrower.

Whatever you decide to do, don’t let snoring go untreated. Once it’s taken care of, you and your partner will be able to get better sleep so you can lead happy, well-rested lives.