It sounds simple – maybe too simple. But it’s a fact: for a percentage of snorers, a humidifier may just be the ticket to a better night’s rest. Here’s what you need to know.
Is Your Bedroom Too Dry?
We’ve touched before on various ways you can make your sleeping area more productive to a good night’s rest and in particular, to helping alleviate snoring.
One notable fix is to add humidity if the room is too dry.
The reason is simple: when the air is too dry, your throat and mouth may become irritated. This can lead to swelling, which narrows the airway during sleep. Some types of snoring can be either caused or made worse by this narrowing of the airway.
Allergies can also be worse in a too-dry environment (though too wet isn’t good either, so be careful and find your sweet spot). That’s because with allergies, irritation already exists. Adding dryness only compounds this problem.
Which Humidifier Should You Buy?
Humidifiers have different capabilities and, of course, different price tags.
But for most people, a good humidifier should:
- be as quiet as possible. If the store proprietor is willing to allow this, run the humidifier at the store so you can have a listen before buying.
- be smaller rather than large and bulky – again, if possible. The less bulky the apparatus the better. You want it to fit on your dresser or a table, back a bit so it doesn’t fall and break.
- come with a guarantee/warantee.
- be easy to clean. Cleaning a humidifier is VERY important. Humidity is helpful to your lungs and throat (if you’re otherwise healthy), but it is also a good breeding ground for molds and fungus if not regularly changed and cleaned.
- have parts that are easy to find/replace.
- fit your budget. Be careful, though: that $17 steal may not be such a bargain if it doesn’t work adequately, if it breaks easily, and/or if it’s too noisy and disrupts your sleep.
- have a long enough cord to plug into an outlet in your bedroom but fit where you want it to go.
- have plenty of positive reviews (check places such as amazon or walmart.com and look at the user’s profile to make sure s/he is a legitimate reviewer and was not paid or given a free product in exchange for the review).
How Do You Know It’s Working?
If dryness is your snoring problem (or is at least part of the equation), positive results from adding humidity to your bedroom during sleep time should begin to show up in one to two weeks.
If you notice other positive changes, such as a switch from dry, itchy skin to a supple and comfortable texture, then your humidifier is at the very least doing its job: getting humidity into the air.
Many snorers don’t realize they’re snoring. If you sleep with a mate, ask him/her whether your snoring has improved since installing the humidifier.
If the humidifier isn’t addressing your problem, you should look into other possibilities. However, don’t overlook this crucial step. Making sure your room isn’t dry could mean a big difference in your sleep, and in your snoring.