SCIENCE OF A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
Here’s news worth cheering about: if you’re a snorer, an easy 10-minute workout for your mouth could get you sleeping more soundly than ever. Australian and Brazilian researchers teamed up to advance research which found that tongue and mouth exercises could significantly reduce snoring. The exercises can be done at any time, says Danny Eckert, associate professor and principal research scientist at the University of New South Wales Neuroscience Research Australia (NEURA). The exercises are most effective when practised several times a day, for between five and 10 minutes each time, across three months. Sweeter dreams could be yours (and your partner’s!) with these simple exercises:
1. Lift the tip of your tongue behind your top front teeth, then slowly move it backwards to the back of your mouth. 2. Lift your whole tongue against the roof of your mouth and suck it up, flattening it against the roof of your mouth.