Have you tried behavioral changes? Before you buy any snoring remedies, doctors say you should try these four things: stop smoking, lose weight (if necessary), sleep on your side (try using a body pillow, or taping or sewing a tennis ball to the back of your pajama top) and avoid alcohol within four hours of bedtime. They're free (for the most part), and they're proven to help eliminate snoring.
Do you snore because you're congested? If so, experts say opening up nasal
passages can do the trick and eliminate snoring. To start, get rid of allergens
in your bedroom (an
Have you researched products that actually work? Most over-the-counter snoring remedies simply don't work -- or don't have scientific evidence to back them up. Although some users say they get relief from special pillows, throat sprays and the like, sleep doctors don't recommend them.
How much do you want to spend? Expensive snoring solutions may be overkill. You might just need to clear nasal congestion or sleep on your side to solve your snoring problem.
Do you really need a doctor? If your snoring is so severe that you wake up numerous times during the night, you may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a potentially serious condition which requires treatment from a doctor. For symptoms to watch for, see our section on sleep apnea.