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Six ways to stop snoring wrecking your nights
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More than half the population suffers from snoring at some time, and it's estimated that 90 per cent of snoring is caused by soft tissue vibrating at the back of the throat. What is the cure?

More than half the population suffers from snoring at some time, and it's estimated that 90 per cent of snoring is caused by soft tissue vibrating at the back of the throat. What is the cure?

1. Stitch a tennis ball into the back of your pyjamas. It prevents sleep on the back: this encourages snoring.

2. Stick snoring strips over your nose. They open up the nostrils, allowing more air to circulate.

3. Use a throat spray. These contain a blend of essential oils which coat the back of the throat and are said to reduce the vibration of soft tissues.

4. Use a mask and fan to pump in extra air. By fitting such a mask, snorers get a constant stream of air, delivered under gentle pressure, which can prevent the soft tissues at the back of the mouth from sagging.

5. Take a few drops of Marum Verum. This herbal remedy claims to help treat snoring, nasal polyps and severe catarrh. It takes two to three months to experience the benefits.

6. Have surgery to tighten the soft palate or to fit tiny polyester implants. Both methods help to stop it vibrating. Most patients find a reduction in their snoring within four to six weeks.

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