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Sleeping next to someone who snores at night can be pretty annoying. Sometimes hitting, shoving or turning over isn’t enough. Snoring isn’t just frustrating, it can actually be a health risk and may cause further harm. So if your snoring condition is more serious, seek medical advice. There is a possibility that snoring is triggered by a more serious condition.
There could be many reasons as to why you snore, but the most common explanation is the narrowing of your airways. As the airways get smaller, vibrations get more intense causing the snoring to get louder. The narrowing of airways is normally caused by the relaxation of throat tissues, tongue and muscles of the palate.
There are actually a wide variety of treatments for snoring, from modern devices that promise to put an end to snoring, to practical home remedies for this condition. Check out these 7 home remedies for snoring to try at home to help you and your partner get more sleep at night:
Humidify! If you are sleeping in a room with dry air - especially during the winter - this may be a contributing factor to your snoring. Sleeping in dry air dries out your throat and nasal membranes contributing to congestion. To reduce snoring, invest in a humidifier. Or you could always move to an exotic tropical location!
Freshen up your humidifier If the culprit is dry air and congestion, try adding various oils to the vaporizer or humidifier. Some that work really well are peppermint, or eucalyptus. Try adding 3 to 5 drops about 30 minutes before you go to bed.
If you’re overweight, start losing it! When you are overweight you may have extra tissues in the throat contributing to snoring. The more fatty tissues there are to block your throat, the more air is interrupted as it flows over, creating the vibrations that result in snoring. Get up and exercise today!
Utilize a tennis ball. Sound weird, but it works! If you are or are sleeping next to someone who sleeps mostly on their back, try putting a tennis ball in a shirt pocket of an old shirt and sew it to the back of your pajama top. When you roll to your back the discomfort of the tennis ball in your back will force you to roll back on your side.
Keep up on housecleaning! As little fun as cleaning is, make sure you keep up on it. Allergens like pollen, dust, animal dander and other unseen irritants can cause congestion and irritate your airways which can contribute to snoring.
Raise the head of your bed. Raising the head of your bed about 4 inches can help keep your tongue from falling back and blocking your throat, causing your airways to open up. Try raising the head of your bed with sturdy blocks or wood or thick hardback books.
Anti-snoring Pills. Yes, there are anti-snoring herbal pills that are available. They are made up of natural enzymes that target nasal congestion and work to reduce it; all the while reducing your snoring.
Although there is no true “cure” for snoring, try using these natural remedies to help stop or lessen your snoring. Life changes are the key. Exercise, lose weight, manage allergies and changing sleeping positions will all help to lessen your snoring and keep your partner in bed with you instead of on the couch.