There’s an iconic scene in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs where all seven dwarfs snore loudly in various contorted positions. Audiences in 1937 no doubt howled with laughter, amused by the hilarity of “sawing logs.” Bed partners the world over know the sound all too well, and it quickly loses its charm during sleepless nights.
Snoring is a problem that affects about 80 million adults in the United States, and remedies run from radical (surgery) to the elegantly simple—positional therapy via slumberBUMP. “Another solution that is easier said than done is losing weight,” says Shad Morris, DMD, president and CEO, slumberBUMP, St. George, Utah. “In some cases, people who lose weight see a reduction in
snoring. When you lose weight around your neck, it reduces pressure on the internal diameter of the throat. When the weight is reduced, you are less likely to snore. If you didn’t snore before a little weight gain, losing weight may be a way for you to stop snoring naturally.”
Under the category of “elegantly simple” is the often overlooked remedy of positional sleep therapy. “When you sleep on your back, the base of your tongue collapses to the back wall of your throat,” Morris explains. “This causes you to snore at night. Sleeping on your side may be a simple way to stop snoring
naturally. Using pillows or positional sleep devices can help you sleep on your side. If you are driving your partner nuts, or not getting the rest you need, these natural sleep remedies might be just what you are looking for. Give them a try and see if they help you.”