Snoring Home Remedies -
SEVEN top cures
By dentist Dr. Richard Mitchell
Snoring home remedies can help you to snore less, or even stop snoring, using some simple techniques and cheap items that are easily available.
Snoring at night can be a MAJOR problem for many people, in 3 ways;
First, snoring can keep your partner awake or disturb their sleep quality.
Second, snoring is a sign that you have a breathing problem, which is a HEALTH problem for the snorer! You are basically suffocating when you snore, putting increased strain on your heart and brain.
Third, snoring interferes with your sleep quality, leaving you tired and irritable the next day; you may even want to take a nap midday to try and catch up on some sleep!
Snoring happens when the flow of air through your nose and throat
is restricted. There are several reasons for this, but one of the
commonest is extra or loose tissues in the throat. This comes from
carrying extra weight, or being overweight.
Other causes are having a low, thick palate, and having an elongated uvula (that little flap of tissue that hangs down from your soft palate). Also congestion in your nose (say from hay fever, or just having a cold), or a structural problem in your nose (such as a "deviated septum") may contribute to snoring.
SO, what snoring home remedies are the best?
snoring home remedies
It all depends on the cause of your snoring. If you can pin down the CAUSE, then you should aim to use a snoring remedy that matches. Let's look at the simpler ones first.
- If you are carrying a little extra weight, the simplest (and healthiest) option is to lose some weight. By losing some weight, you are likely to reduce the bulk of fat tissue stored in your neck, which will allow your airway to open up a little. That means you're less likely to snore!
- If you have got a blocked nose (nasal congestion) from a cold or 'flu, then try an over-the-counter decongestant from your local pharmacy. These "cold cures" frequently contain Cetirizine dihydrochloride and Pseudo Ephedrine hydrochloride.
- I think this type of medication is great for allergies such as hay fever, because they contain lower levels of the "sleepy" medicine (Cetirizine) and an extra component (Ephedrine) to help you breathe. However, this solution is only for SHORT TERM USE. You can't take this sort of drug long-term.
- For nasal congestion, you can also try 1 or 2 drops of something like tea tree oil, menthol-containing essential oils, or a tiny smear of Tiger Balm on your nose or neck. These are are "natural" snoring home remedies, and can be used long-term.
- A similar solution for mild to moderate snoring that many people like is an anti snoring pillow. Again, this is a "natural" remedy for regular, long-term use, although it's hi-tech and requires the use of a smart phone. I have reviewed LOTS of anti snoring pillows, and I think the best anti snoring pillow based on research is from a German company called NiteTronic.
Snoring Home Remedies
If you're not sure what causes your snoring, then in ADDITION to the simple snoring home remedies listed above, try some of the NEXT suggestions:
- Try to sleep on your side. When you sleep on your back, your
tongue falls backwards into your throat, narrowing your airway and
partially obstructing airflow. If you find that you tend to wake up at
night on your back, try sewing a tennis ball into the back of your
sleeping top. This will poke you in the back if you lie on your back,
reminding you to roll over onto your side!
- Try raising
the entire frame of your bed at the head end by about 4 inches. Make
sure it's secure before you get into bed! Having your bed on a slight
slope mean that you head is a little higher than your body, which
reduces the blood pressure in your head and neck, slightly reducing
congestion your throat and opening your airway a bit.
This man sleeping on his side is not snoring!
- Try to reduce or even eliminate alcohol intake, especially in the last 2 hours before going to bed. Alcohol tends to relax the muscles around your throat and jaw, allowing any slack tissues to fall back into your airway and allowing your lower jaw to fall back, which also restricts your airway.
- You should also try to restrict use of sedatives and tranquillizers, for the same reasons as alcohol. And if your doctor wants to prescribe you sedatives for some reason, make that he knows you tend to snore already.
- Stop smoking. This is also of huge health benefit generally, and will save you money!
- Make sure you are getting enough sleep. This is becoming more of an
issue in our hectic world as we approach 2020. Adults generally need at
least 7 hours of good quality sleep, but 8 to 9 can also be normal for
some people. Sleep experts give these extra tips too - it's normal to
experience a period of light sleep/wakefulness about 3 hours to 3.5
hours after going to bed. Then you fall into deeper sleep again.
ALSO, when you wake up in the morning, you've had enough sleep, so try to GET UP straightaway. This "sets your clock" for your sleep cycle!
These snoring home remedies may be enough to reduce or even eliminate snoring altogether, without resorting to "stop snoring surgery", which has limited success.
BUT it's very important to start with the remedies at the top of the list first, and then ADD the next remedies after that. It's the COMBINATION of home remedies that really produces results.
If you just scroll through the list, and pick and choose a couple of remedies at random, you won't be getting the full benefits that you could have. So, you might aim to lose some weight over the course of 3 months, and you could take some decongestants at night to help you breath better UNTIL you have lost that weight.
Once you have lost some weight, you might switch out the decongestants for a more natural product, such as tea-tree oil or Tiger Balm. (You don't swallow these - you put a very thin smear in your upper lip, under your nose.)
Then you may want to add in sleeping on your side, and raising the bed frame at the head end by 4 inches.
By starting out with one thing at a time, and adding more snoring home remedies as you go, you are much more likely to stick with the regime AND get the maximum benefits possible!
To find out how serious night time snoring can be - otherwise called sleep apnoea - take a look at this page on the BBC website. It is scary stuff!
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