Snoring is extremely common, but it can cause severe problems with your relationships and with your health. Some people snored so loudly that their partners refused to sleep in the same room with them. Snoring is also a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea, which can promote obesity, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, and heart arrhythmias. Snoring cures range from surgery to CPAP machines. While these techniques are often effective, they are expensive, inconvenient, and sometimes dangerous.
Murray Grossan from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center suggested some exercises that might help some people stop or reduce snoring. The first is to play a wooden Australian instrument called a didgeridoo, which develops the muscles in the throat and prevents the collapsed airway linked to snoring. Another is to do throat exercises, such as isometric contractions with your tongue against the roof of your mouth. These exercises work best in people with minimal airway obstruction during sleep. However, they are safe and easy to do, so give them a try. (Bottomline Health, March 2011)