There are many treatment options available to snorers from mouthpieces to nasal strips to surgery.
However, there is one piece of technology that you may not have considered that can help you to stop snoring, and that is the Fitbit wearable.
These activity tracking devices have been used by fitness enthusiasts to track and monitor activity levels. Recently updated versions and new apps now make the Fitbit a handy tool to help reduce your snoring.
First, Fitbit Increases Your Daily Exercise
One of the underlying reasons you may be snoring is due to excess tissue around the neck which can obstruct the throat when you sleep. Often, this is related to being overweight and can be solved by reducing your body fat with exercise.
However, finding the motivation to exercise consistently can be difficult, but with the Fitbit, ensuring you get enough exercise is as simple as strapping on a watch.
The Fitbit tracks your activity throughout the day, but the Fitbit is so much more than a simple pedometer. Unlike, traditional step counters, the Fitbit digitally records your activity, uploads it to the internet, and provides you with feedback in the form of charts so you can follow your progress.
This feedback allows you to set up individualized fitness goals and has been shown to cause wearers to increase the amount of activity they engage in every day. This increase in activity is not only good for reducing your body fat, and in turn your neck circumference, but it also strengthens your cardiovascular systems, which is essential for maintaining a positive airflow while sleeping.
There are numerous benefits to exercises for snoring.
Studies have shown that even a small reduction in your body fat percentage can have a significant effect on the severity of your snoring. And, one of the most effective ways to decrease your body fat is with proper nutrition.
Unfortunately, a lack of sleep can make it difficult to maintain a healthy diet; however, your Fitbit can help you stay on track. Though the Fitbit is designed primarily for activity tracking, you can use the Fitbit app in conjunction with the wearable device to log your food and calories, which is a proven way to successfully maintain your diet, making it more likely you will lose weight.
In addition to reducing your waistline, making simple changes to your diet can also have a more immediate effect on your snoring. Certain foods can negatively impact your body and increase your snoring. For example, dairy products can cause a reaction in people with even a mild lactose intolerance which can lead to swelling in the nasal passages, and thicker phlegm. You can avoid dairy by substituting with nut milk or soy products.
Track Your Sleep Habits
Understanding your sleep patterns is the first step to finding a snoring solution, and Fitbit makes it simple to track how much sleep you receive each night.
Early models of Fitbit had a simplistic sleep tracker that merely monitored the total amount of sleep. However, newer models now have more advanced tracking features that analyze your sleep at each stage from REM to deep sleep. As snoring usually occurs toward the middle of your sleep cycle, when your muscles begin to relax and obstruct your air passages, it can be difficult for snorers to reach the important deep sleep and REM stage where your body restores itself. This is the reason many snorers wake up feeling tired even if they have had eight hours rest.
Though the Fitbit can’t make you sleep more soundly, it can help you identify your problem times, and it allows you to set up a sleep schedule which may allow you to get more rest.
Sleep Apnea Monitor
Snoring is an irritating occurrence that can keep you and your partner up at night, it can also be indicative of a more serious problem: sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is when your body stops breathing for prolonged periods during sleep, and it affects millions of Americans. The health consequences of sleep apnea are serious, and in some cases, can be fatal.
Traditionally, sufferers of sleep apnea are required to attend a sleep clinic for testing and diagnosis. However, tracking your sleep habits with your Fitbit can be a good alternative for those who are unsure whether they have the sleep disorder, or who are simply not ready to attend a clinic. More importantly, Fitbit is developing an additional feature tailored to sufferers of sleep apnea that claims to measure oxygen levels, in addition to heart rate, and alerting the wearer if their oxygen levels drop too low.
Snoring may seem like a harmless annoyance, but the adverse effects on your health and social life can be severe. Untreated snoring can ruin relationships, impact your work life, and wreak havoc on your body. A lack of oxygen or deep restorative sleep does not allow your body and mind to rest or recover and can lead to serious health complications, such as hypertension, stroke, and cardiovascular disease.
Just like any snoring solution, the key to the success of your Fitbit is consistency. Ensure you wear your Fitbit and monitor your sleep habits each night and track your daily activity to reduce the severity of your snoring so you can enjoy a more restful night’s sleep.
Chief editor here at Snore Nation and a proud father of two cool boys. I am a reformed snorer, a reformed smoker, a reformed overeater, a reformed city dweller and a reformed workaholic stress monster on the mission to share my insider tips to restore that quality sleep for you and your partner!