There are few things that can keep a person awake more than a snoring partner, and sometimes it can seem like nothing provides relief. Earplugs can only do so much when it sounds like a chainsaw is in bed next to you…
However, in certain situations, something as simple as a humidifier might be able to help. First…
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring is caused by the relaxation of the muscles in your mouth and throat. These muscles can become so relaxed that they partially block air passages and vibrate when air passes through, resulting in the snoring sound.
Many factors can cause this relaxation, including illness, medications, sleeping position, sinuses and even weight.
However, did you know that the humidity levels in your home could also be contributing?
Can a Humidifier Help?
For many people, nasal congestion and allergies can cause snoring, and these conditions are only made worse if the air in your home is too dry. Dry air can further irritate your nasal passages and increase allergy symptoms. This irritation can also cause snoring to intensify.
A humidifier adds moisture to your air until ideal levels are reached (between 40-50%). This increase in humidity can help sooth your airways, reduce inflammation and potentially stop snoring.
Humidifiers do not help every case of snoring, so be sure to speak to your doctor if you feel your snoring is being caused by an ongoing medical issue.
Continue reading to learn more about other health benefits of using humidifiers and dehumidifiers to keep your home’s humidity at an ideal level.