Category: Sleep


How to Block Out Snoring

snoring noiseIf you are like me, then you sleep with someone…..who snores.  Sleeping with a snorer can not only rob you of quality sleep, but it can be a very frustrating problem to deal with.  Quite possibly, you have tried many anti snoring devices out on the market today, but none of them have worked.

So the only other viable solution is to block out the snoring.  But how?  There are 3 snoring noise cancellation options you can try to block out snoring and get a decent night’s sleep.

The first snoring noise cancellation option is to use earplugs.  There are 3 main types of snoring noise cancellation earplugs: foam earplugs which are compressed and put into the ear canal; silicone earplugs which fit over the external portion of the ear canal, and flanged earplugs known also as hi-fi earplugs which many musicians use.

The best sleep earplugs also have a noise reduction rating (NNR) which generally range from 0-33.  A higher number denotes greater effectiveness.  So for example, if you went to a rock concert which produces 115 decibels and had in ear plugs that had an NNR rating of 30, you would reduce the sound level to 85 decibels.…


The Dangers of Sleeping Pills

sleeping pillsIt is estimated that nearly 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders and that 6-10% use sleeping pills and other natural remedies for insomnia.  However many people may not realize, that those who take sleeping pills, even in small quantities, quadruple their chances of dying.  Although sleeping pills can be effective at ending sleep problems short term, they can also lead to a premature death.

What are sleeping pills?
A sleeping pill is a drug used to induce sleep.  The most common sleeping pills subscribed to patients include Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata, Restoril,, and barbiturates.  Sleeping pills can be obtained over-the counter or prescribed by a physician.

Why are sleeping pills prescribed?
The most common reason for using sleeping pills is because a person suffers from insomnia-the inability to get to sleep.  There are many reasons for insomnia including stress, emotional conditions or recovering from a medical procedure.  People who work unusual shifts, or who travel across time zones are often prescribed sleeping pills to help regulate sleeping patterns.

What are the side effects of sleeping pills?
Almost all sleeping pills have some side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, constipation, blurred vision and dry mouth and throat.  More serious side …


Snoring Problem: Preparing for Your Appointment

snoring preventionIf you have a snoring problem, you more than likely will be referred to a sleep disorder specialist, dentist or an otolaryngologist. (ear, nose and throat specialist) Because it’s important for the specialist to have as much information as possible to find the best solution for your snoring problem, here are some tips to help you prepare for your appointment so you know what to expect.

First, before visiting your snoring specialist, write down any symptoms you are experiencing. If your sleeping partner notices anything, include those symptoms as well. You also need to write down any medications or supplements you are taking that may or may not be related to the snoring problem.

Secondly, it’s important to write down questions to ask your doctor about your snoring problem. Questions you may ask will include:

  • What can make me snore when I sleep?
  • Is it possible I could have sleep apnea?
  • What type of treatment do you recommend?
  • Will there be any side effects from treatment?
  • Will I need to attend a sleep lab and if so, what will happen?
  • Are there any home remedies I can do to help my snoring problem?

In addition to these questions, if there …