What's your bedtime ritual? A shower, an episode of your current series on Netflix (and maybe another, come on), a toothbrush and lights out? According to this dentist, who gives health advice to his community on TikTok, we should all perform this gesture too before drifting off to sleep.
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Clear sinuses to prevent snoring
Dr. Seb may be a dentist, but one of his recent videos isn't about teeth, it's about... the nasal cavity. Of course, this doctor recommends brushing your teeth before going to bed, but he also recommends clearing out your sinuses before crawling into bed. In a post on TikTok, he declares in effect:
I'd say clearing your nose before bed is just as important as brushing your teeth. Indeed, if you can't breathe through your nose, you're going to breathe through your mouth and snore.
Snoring is not a good sign of health. If you snore, it means your sleep is disturbed, as the doctor says.
[Snoring puts you in a situation] where you're not resting, digesting and drawing all your energy.
How to unblock your nose
To prevent or at least reduce snoring, Dr. Seb suggests the following steps:
- take a deep breath in through the nose, then out through the nose
- pinch your nose and perform a Valsalva manoeuvre by shaking your head to the side for 5 seconds
- stop pinching your nose and exhale through your nose
According to Ameli:
Snoring is extremely common, affecting over 40% of adults over the age of 50 on a regular basis.
In extreme cases, snoring is so audible that it can make as much noise as a truck. As well as disturbing the sleep of others living under the same roof, it can indicate underlying health problems.
This article has been translated from Gentside FR.