New Jersey Ranks 36 in the Country When It Comes to Bedroom Noise (Not the Good Kind)
Most people don’t think they snore. Even if we’re told by our whole family that we do, we usually take some convincing. Because a snorer never hears themselves. My wife tells me I snore occasionally, and when I do she’ll wake me up to tell me. “You’re snoring,” she says, and I usually respond with something like, “Are you sure,” or “No, really?”
A friend of mine was so exasperated with her husband’s snoring, and his constant denial that she devised a clever plan. One night when he was snoring so loud that the windows were shaking, she recorded the unbearable noise on her phone. Then she turned it up and played back right into his ear. She repeated the process until he agreed to do something about it. Eventually, he got a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to stop the snoring. Now all she needs to deal with is the quiet noise from the machine.
This is a problem throughout the world. So much so that the folks at MattressNextDay conducted a study to see where the worst snorers in the country reside.
Mississippi topped the list where nearly 493,000 snorers rattle the bedroom every night, and not in a good way. That’s almost 17% of all the residents in the state.
So what about New Jersey? We’re not as bad, we ranked 36th on the list with only 13.4 percent of us making sleep noises. New York landed at 27th and 13.9 percent. Pennsylvania is 32nd with 13.6 percent, and Connecticut 38th with 13.3 percent.
MattressNextDay also offered some tips to help either stop or reduce snoring. Maybe you can try these before you seek professional help.
You can try sleeping on your side rather than your back. Back sleepers snore more because the tongue, neck tissue, and chin press down on airways causing turbulence. Side sleeping relieves pressure on the airway and reduces snoring.
Avoid alcohol before you go to sleep. Alcohol relaxes throat muscles, reducing airway rigidity and causing the soft tissue to vibrate, leading to snoring.
Maintain a good diet. Being overweight causes fatty tissue around the neck to press on the airway, leading to snoring. Weight reduction and a healthy lifestyle can improve breathing and reduce snoring.
Get new pillows. Skin flakes and pathogens in old pillows can trigger reactions like snoring. Invest in more comfortable, supportive pillows, and use one pillow instead of two.
More detailed tips can be found here. https://www.mattressnextday.co.uk/snooze-news/post/how-to-stop-snoring-while-sleeping