How to stop your dog (or loved one) from snoring

May 11, 2017 3:13 pm Last Updated: May 11, 2017 3:13 pm

This guy may be on to something…

In most cases giving someone “a taste of their own medicine” in order to make a point is not the best policy. But when it comes to snoring, it seems it could be a harmless way to make an important case.

I mean, sleep! It’s fundamental to our existence.

Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to a host of problems, including but not limited to fatigue, clumsiness, weight loss and weight gain. Naturally, it will have negative effects on our ability to think clearly, and it can even affect our physical health and contribute to conditions like diabetes, fibromyalgia, and high blood pressure.

Of course there are certain reasons people snore—like nasal problems and anatomy—that are harder to control.

But in other cases like position, sleep deprivation, alcohol consumption, and sleep apnea, if the person were more aware of how disruptive their sleep deprivation really was, they might make more effort to fix or avoid the cause. It could be just about having the right motivation.

As for the dog, not sure what will work for him.

Perhaps awareness is all that’s needed, and, of course empathy. If we are more aware of how we affect the sleep of our loved ones, and genuinely don’t want to affect them, perhaps right before we go to sleep at night we could have the thought that we don’t want to snore so as to not disturb them. It could, on it’s own, do the trick. The mind coupled with the subconscious is a powerful tool, especially when we know how to use it well :).