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Throat Exercises to Reduce Snoring

by
author image Jessica McCahon
Jessica began her writing career in 1995 and is Senior Editor at a London communications agency, where she writes and edits corporate publications covering health, I.T., banking and finance. Jessica has also written for consumer magazines including "Cosmopolitan" and travel, home/lifestyle and bridal titles. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and journalism from the University of Queensland.
Throat Exercises to Reduce Snoring
Throat exercises can reduce snoring and help relieve tiredness and excessive yawning. Photo Credit Monkey Business Images/Monkey Business/Getty Images

Overview

Snoring is caused by air not flowing smoothly through your throat or nasal passages and vibrating over relaxed tissues as you breathe in or out, says the NHS Choices. The soft palette at the back of your mouth and the muscles in your nose and throat relax while you're sleeping. Throat exercises can help reduce this condition, but it is important to seek medical advice before you start any snoring treatment.

Chin Presses for Your Throat Muscles

Snoring is common in people who are overweight, elderly or have respiratory conditions, because the conditions often cause weak throat muscles, says the UK Health Centre. One exercise to strengthen these muscles and stop them from relaxing when you sleep is to place one finger on your chin and gently press it back and down so it’s slightly tucked. You should feel the muscles in the side of your neck tense. Hold for several seconds, relax and repeat several times just before going to bed.

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Sipping Through a Straw

This exercise enhances the range of movement in your throat muscles. Flexible throat muscles are better able to open and close to allow air to flow smoothly in and out as you breathe during sleep. Inhale through pursed lips as if you are sipping through a straw. Flatten your lips and press them together and swallow, recommends StopSnoringZZZ.com. Hold this position for five seconds, relax and repeat the exercise five times a day to stretch and strengthen your throat muscles.

Stop Snoring by Singing

Sing when you are awake to stop snoring when you are asleep. Singing forces you to open your mouth wider and expands your throat as you inhale. To tone your throat, sing for 20 minutes everyday.

Open Up and Say Ahhh

A common cause of snoring is the relaxing of your tongue and soft palette on the roof of your mouth which causes your tongue and palette to push against each other and obstruct the flow of air. Strengthen your tongue and the muscles around the opening of your throat by sticking out your tongue. Keep your tongue flat and stick it out straight, as far as you can. Slowly move your tongue from left to right and up and down, making sure not to curl it. After moving your tongue in all directions, take a short break, then repeat the exercise three times.

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