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Best Sleeping Pills…to make you snore

Best Sleeping Pills…to make you snore

Does sleeping pills make you snore? What about the best sleeping pills on the market, and what about the best prescription sleeping pills?

We have learned Best Sleeping make you snorethat some of the causes of snoring are drinking alcohol close to bedtime, but drinking sleeping pills can be just as detrimental to your snoring.

So why exactly do sleeping pills cause snoring?

What can you do if you can’t sleep and feel you have to take a sleeping tablet? Let us have a look; first at some very bad advice, a little bit of facts and then a few alternatives.


Sleeping pills. Really?!

Last night I browsed around in some of the snoring forums that can be found on the web, just to see what a matter of concern is at the moment.

So, I found an interesting question regarding the consuming of sleeping pills and for that matter any form of anti-depressants, and if it really causes snoring and why. The answer that this poor guy got made me spontaneously burst out laughing; the answer from a registered user on this forum was; sleeping pills can contribute to daytime sleepiness and you will snore more because you sleep more. There is only one word to describe this answer and that is; hogwash.

While the reply above made me laugh, it also made me sad that so many people receive false information from people who have no business No brainergiving advice in the first place. While I am not a doctor, and I have said that before, I have however learned my knowledge through experience and reading and researching for many years.

When you get an answer such as; you snore more because you sleep more, you want to say duhhhh that is obvious. Should the reply to the user of the above forum not have been more to why even the best sleeping pills cause you to snore, rather than an answer that make you say…. REALLY?! It’s obvious you will snore more if you sleep more if you are a snorer, genius, but why do sleeping pills cause snoring?


Sleeping pills. The Truth.

So now, let us examine why sleeping pills and anti-depressants and even flu medicine are considered one of the causes of snoring. For many people, sleeping pills is like a good friend that you can call on in your time of need, that will come to you even at night and sit by you and hold you, while gently easing you to sleep. OK, so is it just me or is this starting to sound too much like a scene from a dirty movie? (Not that I would know of course!)

What you don’t know, that this ‘friend’ quickly runs away as soon as you’re satisfied and of course as soon as you start snoring your bud What is snoringoff. No matter how nice this ‘friend’ seems, it has a dark side; it has the uncanny ability to make you snore!

We know that sleeping pills has the ability to put you in a deep sleep. This deep sleep can unfortunately also make you snore, because this deep sleep can cause your throat muscles to relax to such a degree that your body is unable to fight against the resulting airway obstruction.

Anti-depressants and sedatives can also cause the muscles in the throat to relax because it depresses the central nervous system. That is why some people only snore when they had a ‘few’ drinks.

So to recap, sleeping pills cause snoring because it relaxes the throat muscles which cause airway obstruction, and NOT because you snore more because you sleep more.


Precautions with sleeping pills

It is clear that sleeping pills should be avoided at all cost, but if you have to take sleeping pills for whatever reason, you should ensure that you take some precautions which could make it a little safer for you. Yes, and maybe even some earplugs for your partner.

You should only take a sleeping pill if you have enough hours left in the night to be able to get a full night’s sleep, usually that should be between 7 and a half to 9 hours but it can depend on the person. If you don’t you could wake up drowsy and be stuck with the dreaded daytime sleepiness.

It has happened to me a few times where I went to sleep late, and drank a sleeping pill, and actually only had about 5 hours sleep, for the first 2 to 3 hours of that day I was like a zombie. I quickly wised up and realized if I break the sleeping tabled in half, I will get some sleep and not feel drowsy the next morning, and it works. Luckily I wised up some more, and mostly get a full night sleep now.

All doctors advice that you should not drive a car after taking a sleeping pill, especially if you are taking the pill for the first time. I would however go Car Accidentone step further and say don’t drive a car if you are taking a sleeping pill when you did not get a FULL night’s sleep.

This is what happened to me: I was in an online gaming tournament until 3 in the morning and as per normal I drank a sleeping pill when I went to bed. I had to get up at 6H45 to take my wife to work, and because my mind wasn’t sharp I had a car accident.

So when you drink a sleeping pill, make sure you have enough time to sleep! And, try to be bit wiser than me and not take a sleeping pill with only 3 hours of sleep left in the night. 🙂 Of course, if you can avoid taking the sleeping pill in the first place, that would be better.


Other Personal Experience

I have been on a chronic prescription for many years for the treatment of migraines that I have been suffering from for over twenty five years. I have been taking a relaxant/sleeping pill to induce sleep as part of this chronic prescription, and therefore know firsthand how it can increase snoring. Or at least, I know how it increases snoring in my wife, let me explain.

Medical TabletEven though I am on prescription for the sleeping pills, my wife sometimes “borrows” a pill because she cannot sleep. When I see her taking a pill from the cupboard, I shake my head in fear/dismay (without her seeing me off course) because I know I am going to have a hard time falling asleep through her snoring. I normally go to bed later than she does, and if she is snoring by the time I get in bed, it will be more of a nightmare.

You see, I know firsthand that sleeping pills does cause snoring. The nights my wife does not take sleeping pills, it is not very often that she snores. She could be lying on her side or her back it will not matter, the likelihood of her snoring would be slim. However with a sleeping pill, she even sometimes snores while sleeping on her stomach.


Alternatives to sleeping pills

You don’t have to be reliant on the best sleeping pills on the market to get a good night sleep, there are other things that you could and should try before you take the rout of taking prescription sleeping pills. Even with the pill I take, I have had many nights I just cannot get myself to fall asleep, that is when the below guidelines comes in handy. If you can avoid taking sleeping pills or any anti-depressants for that matter, you should definitely try, because of the many side effects which can affect you. Consult your doctor to find out about the side effects relevant to each drug you take.

Here are a few things you can try in the place of sleeping pills:

Exercise is good for you. Exercising late in the afternoon or early in the evening can improve your sleep at night; studies have shown. You need between 30 and 40 minutes exercise 4 times a week to show the best results, but make sure you don’t exercise 3 hours before your bedtime. The best exercises seem to be jogging, swimming, walking, aerobics and even dancing. A treadmill or exercise bike will do nicely, or a late afternoon fast stroll can be fine to. Just make sure you consult your doctor to make sure you are healthy enough for physical activity.
PS. This first alternative for sleeping pills can also help you lose weight, but you can learn more about how walking can help you lose weight, by reading; How to lose weight at home.

Class of MilkI mentioned in another article how mixing a glass of lukewarm milk, a table spoon of honey and a teaspoon of nutmeg together and drinking it at bedtime can help you to fall asleep quicker, as it has helped me many times. In the same article I also mentioned that following a good sleeping routing can help you to reduce your snoring, and many of these steps are also briefly mentioned below.

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Follow a regular bedtime and wake up time routine, which can help to ‘set’ your internal clock. You will find that you will become sleepy 15 to 30 minutes before this time, just as soon as your body gets used to going to bed at that curtain time.

Make sure you sleep on a comfortable bed and pillow; the bed should be firm and supportive. This could help you to sleep more easily. Beds don’t live forever, so make sure your bed is still alive.

Cigarettes and alcohol right before bedtime can cause snoring; we all know that by know. However, cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine and big or spicy meals can also cause sleep disturbance. So you should avoid any of these at least 2 to 3 hours before you go to bed.

Many experts advice that you should get into a relaxing bedtime routine an hour before your normal bed time, so that your body can unwind and relax and basically forget about all the other troubles. I can vouch for this, but what is relaxing for me, might not be relaxing for you. You have to find something to do in that last hour that can basically calm you down, whether it is reading, music, television, playing computer games or yoga. Just unwind a bit.Warm Bath

I have also found that taking a warm bath or even shower before going to bed helps me to fall asleep faster. This can also have a calming effect as it relaxes your body and mind.

Some nights when I just can’t sleep, as I briefly alluded to before, I would just get up take a walk in the house, maybe even watch a little television and then after a while, I will try again. Sometimes I will be able to sleep, and sometimes I have to get up again. I would also read something sometimes, which also helps. The key here is, don’t work yourself up over not being able to sleep, because you will just make it worst.

You can also try to trick your mind by saying to yourself that you have to stay awake in any case so it doesn’t matter, and then keep your eyes open. I read this somewhere and tried it, and the funny thing is it worked. Something about your mind not wanting to process negatives so it will go against your wishes and you will soon fall asleep.


In Hind Side

The list above of alternative things you can try in the place of sleeping tablets is not complete and there are still many things that could be added. I however only wanted to give a brief overview of the many alternatives available to those who wishes to dump the ‘friendly’ sleeping pill in the trash.

LifestyleThe subject of snoring includes such a vast area, with many interlinking areas of concern, which we can still talk about for a very long time. There are so many things that cause snoring, but if we are just a little more cautious in what we do and how we do it, there is no reason why our snoring can’t be controlled. By just making a few lifestyle changes you can already make a huge difference to your and your partner’s lives.

This does not mean that we do not need help from time to time, and here I can briefly mention things like snoring aids, apparatus, medicine and medical treatment. More on this later.

Are you taking sleeping pills, and how does it affect your snoring?

I hope you found this information helpful about the harm that even the best sleeping pills can do if you are a snorer. Just also remember that if you are taking prescription sleeping pills as part of medical advice and treatment, that you should definitely only treat this article as information. I will never try to take the place of your doctor. Will you look differently at sleeping pills now? Let me know if you don’t mind.

This information is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice. Consult your doctor before taking any sleep medications, discontinuing their use, or changing the prescribed dosage.



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