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9 Tips to Stop Snoring

        Health | Sleep Basics

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Avoid Alcohol and Tranquilizers
Alcohol has been shown to contribute to sleep apnea.
Alcohol has been shown to contribute to sleep apnea.
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Both alcohol and sleeping pills can depress your central nervous system and relax the muscles of your throat and jaw, making snoring more likely. These substances are also known to contribute to sleep apnea, a dangerous condition that has been linked with cardiovascular disease. And they should never, ever be used together. If you have difficulty sleeping without sleeping pills (or if you use alcohol to help yourself fall asleep), discuss it with your doctor.