As a manager of an emerging advertising agency, I usually have at least one business trip to attend per week, and sometimes my destination can be as far as eight hours from home. I really don’t trust myself driving for that long so I tend to go for public transportation to attend to these business trips. If the train is out of the question, I just opt for buses. I just have one bit of a problem when it comes to long travels: sleeping with terrible and embarrassingly loud snores. Snoring isn’t really an issue in our family because all of us have the same condition. But it is quite a hassle when I wake up in the train or bus, and I see people staring or giggling at me just because I sounded like an elephant while I was unconscious. It kind of takes the poise and grace I usually practice when I am doing activities for my managerial responsibilities.
A person in their right mind would quickly look for solutions and seek for help, and that I did. I consulted a doctor who specialized in the field, and he gave me tips on how to solve my problem. To sum them up, here is a list of those tips to make your long travel sleeping snore-free:
- Drink a lot of water before or during the travel (when you are awake of course!). Apparently, dehydration can cause snoring, so you have to keep that from happening. It is also best to avoid drinking alcohol and smoking before the travel to prevent any loud incidents. Be sure that the vehicle has its own comfort room or it has enough stops for peeing.
- Sleep sideways instead of on your back. This tip can also be applied when you sleep inside your home. There is a concept called snoring positions, and some people do have sleeping positions that cause them to snore. According the various studies on the condition, it is best to sleep on your side rather than resting your back on the chair. As uncomfortable as it may sound, you should do it if you really want to not snore during the travel. Just adjust yourself in your space at the most comfortable one.
- Avoid bending your head back. A train or bus moves a lot, and sometimes an old one can make you sway a little more than usual. Due to this, you might find your head bending back from the force, especially while you are sleeping. It is best to keep your head in check if you do not want to snore.
- Be sure that the train or bus is free from too much dust or anything that might cause an allergy. Sometimes, a dirty vehicle can be the cause of snoring. Mites and other allergy-inducing organisms and particles may be in the dirt so you have to keep an eye on the cleanliness of the vehicle. If you are taking a pillow with you, be sure that it is clean as well.
- Use an anti-snoring mouth guard or mouthpiece. This is the most hassle-free way I have experienced among all the tips the doctor gave me. I just put it in my mouth and voila! I am now a snore-free traveling business woman. In case you are embarrassed to wear it in public, just use a shawl or scarf around half of your face—you’ll be fine after that.