Snoring while sitting up is a significant problem that can lead to some embarrassing situations. Lifestyle changes can help address this type of snoring, just as it can snoring in bed. Newer approaches work too, such as Snorgo. Snorgo is a device that can be used in your own time to try and strengthen the pharynx (throat) to prevent the floppy tissue that is often the cause of snoring.
It is not unusual for you to fall asleep sitting up when in more public places. From long coach journeys and flights to falling asleep reading a book, we’ve all dozed off sitting up before. For frequent, loud or particularly disruptive snorers this can be a cause of anxiety though. Falling asleep in these more public scenarios means you may well cause disruption to others whilst blissfully unaware.
So, if you need to know how to stop snoring while sitting up and this is a problem you’re looking to take control of, we can show you how you could see improvements in your snoring in as little as just one week.
Just a few minutes a day is all it takes to stop snoring while sitting up when using Snorgo. By completing simple, do-them-anywhere daily exercises with Snorgo, the muscles behind the throat and nasal passages are strengthened enough to reduce the vibrations of the tissue in these areas that are the cause of snoring in most people. We recommend that the exercises are completed at your convenience 3 times a day and they take no more than 2-3 minutes in total – less time than it takes to make a cup of tea!
With regular use, over 75% of testers said Snorgo provided an excellent cure for snoring without a chin strap, sleeping mouth device or nasal strip in sight!
Simple Ways To Stop Snoring Sitting Up
Wherever your snoring takes place, there really is no reason to feel embarrassed. Snoring affects men and women of all ages and is extremely common with over 40% snoring at some time and 25% reportedly snoring regularly. If you are interested in learning why we snore in the first place or what makes snoring more likely when we sleep sitting up, read on. Learn how to cure snoring for good with lifestyle changes and easy to use products like Snorgo. It could be just the information you need to prevent an awkward encounter with the person sitting next to you on your next trip away.
Why do people snore sitting up?
Snoring is essentially noisy breathing when we sleep and there are several factors that contribute to how noisy or disruptive your snoring may be.
When we sleep, air moves through our airways and causes the relaxed tissue in the throat and nasal passages to vibrate. It’s these vibrations that result in the sound of snoring. Most of us will snore at some point in our lives but those with particularly loud or prolonged snoring when sitting up are likely to have:
- Excess relaxed tissue in their airways
- Poor muscle tone around the throat and tongue, which can cause them to collapse into your airway
- Blocked nasal airways – Allergies and congestion are a common cause of this.
- Narrower airways – A long soft palate or dangling tissue in the back of your mouth called the uvula can narrow the opening from your nose to your throat so when you breathe they vibrate against each other and airways become blocked.
- Longer airways that are particularly prone to collapsing – men tend to have longer airways than women.
- Snoring when sitting up has been seen to be an indicator of sleep apnoea in some patient studies so we would always recommend consulting your physician if you have any concerns about medical reasons for snoring before embarking on self help options like Snorgo.
To reduce the chance of these factors coming into play and causing more vibrations that result in snoring, you can simply work to strengthen the muscles around your airways with a little help from Snorgo. Consider the article How to stop snoring DIY.
How Does Snorgo Work?
One of the best things about using Snorgo to cure snoring is that it isn’t used at night-time. So there are no uncomfortable pieces of plastic to use. You can complete the simple daily exercises at times that are convenient for you. All you have to worry about when your eyelids get heavy is enjoying restful sleep.
Just like all muscles in the body, the muscles in the space behind our nose and throats also respond well to training and can get stronger. We’ve seen that regular training of these areas with Snorgo helps improve snoring. Making the involuntary muscles surrounding our airways stronger or leaner leads to a reduction in the vibrations that causes snoring.
The exercise we recommend involves holding your Snorgo between your lips in front of your teeth and then resisting a gentle pulling force applied with your hands for ten seconds. Aim to complete this ten second hold 3 times, three times a day for the best results. Do take a look at our video which shows this simple exercise in action.
When Do People Snore Sitting Up?
When we think of snoring sufferers, our minds often picture long-suffering partners. Trying to roll-over dead-to-the-world disruptive snorers who are ‘star-fished’ on the bed. However, regular snorers are just as likely to snore when sitting up, grabbing 40 winks, as in any other position.
Sleeping in an upright position isn’t the norm for most people. It does happen more than we think though. ‘Power napping’ isn’t discouraged as much as it once was. Have you suddenly lost half an hour when reading? Perhaps you have woken yourself up snoring when your last memory was sitting down in your favourite chair? Have you ever woken up on a long public journey to look around and wonder if others have been treated to your snoring?
Are you “an able to sleep anywhere”, type of person? If you are – knowing that you snore loudly might be a cause of anxiety. selflessly not wanting to disturb others is a nice trait. Particularly, if you’re in a public place. A place where you might find yourself snoring sitting up. Places like:
- When travelling by plane, coach, train or as a passenger in the car
- Reading a book
- Managing an injury that means you can’t lie down
- A waiting room
- Sometimes, sleeping sitting up is simply by choice. For some, it is more comfortable. Heartburn, congestion, aches and pains can all be reasons to sleep sitting up.
How To Reduce Snoring while Sitting Up
You can start using Snorgo at any time and take it with you. It is completely portable. Snorgo use aims to help you to achieve a long term cure for snoring. Don’t forget the simple things though. There are lifestyle changes you can try to reduce snoring when sitting up in the meantime. These include:
- Take note of the position you’re in when sleeping upright. If you choose to recline your chair or bed even to a small angle, your tongue is more likely to partially block the airways. This results in snoring. So, if you keep yourself upright, gravity should help to reduce that happening!
- Reduce your intake of alcohol.
- Read How to stop snoring without medication for more information?
- Rule out that your snoring isn’t due to a medical condition. The NHS website has useful advice as to when you might need to seek help for your snoring.
- Take regular exercise – Exercise directly helps stop snoring. It isn’t usually advisable to do this just before bed though.
- Eat a balanced diet in order to maintain or reach a healthy weight.
If you’re snoring while sitting up has been a problem, we hope this article has given you the tools you need to tackle snoring head on. As you’ve seen, with regular Snorgo use, most people can expect to see improvements. Please see our blog pages for more articles on snoring.
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Dr Pete Naylor is the inventor of Snorgo, a patented snoring cure made in the UK recommended by medical doctors.
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