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Sewing A Tennis Ball Into Your PJs Can Stop Snoring, Sleep Expert Says

Sewing A Tennis Ball Into Your PJs Can Stop Snoring, Sleep Expert Says

Partner's constant snoring keeping you up all night? We might have just the solution. One expert has suggested that sewing a tennis ball into the back of your pyjamas can actually prevent snoring.

Just hear us out.

Speaking to This Morning, the expert brought up the fact that an increasing number of people have been snoring over lockdown, which could partly be due to them spending more time at their desks and less time exercising.

The sleep expert said an increasing number of people have been snoring over lockdown (Credit: ITV)
The sleep expert said an increasing number of people have been snoring over lockdown (Credit: ITV)
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She then went on to suggest that sleeping with a tennis ball attached to the back of your pyjamas could alleviate the issue because it stops you sleeping on your back.

"Snoring gets worse when you lie on your back, because when you lie on your back your mouth is more likely to open," she explained.

She added: "Anything you can do to keep yourself leaning on the side should help. A tennis ball sewn into the back of your pyjamas can make it uncomfortable."

Attaching a tennis ball to the back of your pyjamas can help stop snoring (Credit: Pexels)
Attaching a tennis ball to the back of your pyjamas can help stop snoring (Credit: Pexels)

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Karl Rollison, an internationally-renowned Harley Street therapist and author of Sleep Ninja explains: "When we sleep on our backs the tongue and soft palate relax, succumb to gravity and rest on the back of the throat and make a vibrating noise. The jaw also relaxes so the lips open and the mouth becomes an organic echo chamber amplifying the sound.

"So, when we snore our heads become big, squidgy speakers playing really bad music. Sleeping on your side is less restrictive on the airways and creates better airflow. This is one of the reasons unconscious people are placed in the recovery position."

If you sleep on your back you are more likely to snore (Credit: Pexels)
If you sleep on your back you are more likely to snore (Credit: Pexels)

His solution is what he calls the "old-school" method employed by soldiers which involves sleeping with a rucksack on, as this reduced them giving away their position by snoring.

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"I can vouch for this method," he said. "Many years ago, I cracked three ribs doing martial arts and if I shifted my position during sleep I woke up in agony, so I placed a pillow in a rucksack and wore it loosely on my back - I slept like a baby. This method physically prevents you from rolling onto your back without the pain of having a tennis ball on it."

There you have it!

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Topics: Life News, Real, Sleep

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