I sleep with a snorer, which often leaves me feeling frustrated and sleep-deprives. If you sleep with a snorer too, I’m sure you feel my pain! But as frustrating as it can be for me, I know it’s equally frustrating for my husband Dave (the snorer) because it frequently causes him headaches.
When I first realized Dave was a snorer, I bought nasal strips and over-the-counter sleep medicine for him and ear plugs for myself. I even started to research if a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine might help due to how terrible Dave’s snoring was!
Luckily, after learning more about why people snore, I’ve realized that it usually comes down to a few simple problems that can be treated quickly and naturally. Try these home remedies to help avoid snoring-related health problems and finally get a good night’s sleep!
Increase Bedroom Humidity
One of the first snoring remedies you should try is a humidifier in your bedroom. If your bedroom is warm and dry, it can cause your nose to dry out when you inhale and lead to snoring.
Snoring is a vibration in your air passages from your mouth and throat, and keeping these areas moisturized can help. A humidifier will add a little more moisture to the air, which may be all you need to quiet the snoring!
Drink Plenty Of Water
Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will help keep your nasal passages moisturized through the night, too. Check out these 23 simple ways to remind yourself to drink more water!
If you normally sleep on your back, try sleeping on your side and propping up your head slightly with a pillow. When you sleep on your back, your tongue and soft palate rest against the back of your throat muscles, which can block the airways and cause more snoring.
If you move around in your sleep, there are a couple of ways to prevent yourself from rolling onto your back. One way is to use tape or a strip of cloth to attach a tennis ball to the back of your shirt. Another option is to sleep with a body pillow on either side of you to help hold you in place.
Control Your Weight
Gaining weight, particularly in the neck area, can actually trigger snoring. Losing just 10 percent of your body weight can help ease the constriction of the upper airway and help reduce snoring.
According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, snoring is most frequent in males and people who are overweight, and it usually worsens with age. To help control snoring,it is important to live a healthy lifestyle by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly.
Check out these 7 rules for lasting weight loss, and work on incorporating a few healthy lifestyle changes.
Establish Regular Sleep Patterns
If you crawl into bed exhausted every night, you quickly fall into a heavy sleep without much muscle control, which can make snoring worse. So it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough sleep!
Avoid drinking alcohol as much as possible before bed. Instead, opt for a calming chamomile or peppermint tea with a touch of raw honey!
Fight The Dry
Taking a hot shower or using a saline nasal spray before bed can open up your nasal passages, decreasing the likelihood of snoring. Adding a few branches of eucalyptus to the shower will release its oils, helping to soothe inflamed airways and clear nasal congestion – plus, it smells amazing!
Reduce Bedroom Allergens
Allergens like pollen, dust, and animal dander can cause congestion and irritate your airways, both of which can contribute to snoring.
Try this simple method for dusting a ceiling fan, and change your sheets and pillowcases regularly. Also make sure you’re changing your air filters on a regular basis.
Use Essential Oils
Essential oils can be a useful remedy to stop your snoring. You can mix 5 drops into a small glass of water and gargle it before bed, add a few drops to a diffuser, mix it into a carrier oil and rub it on your feet, or you can make a spray to spritz on your pillow before bed. Learn how to make a lavender linen spray here.
Here are a few essential oils that can help with snoring:
- Eucalyptus essential oil has analgesic, antispasmodic and antiseptic qualities and is used to treat a number of breathing issues. It opens sinuses and clears up congestion, which just might be all you need to stop snoring!
- Lavender essential oil is known for its sleep-aid properties, which can help you relax and enjoy restful sleep. Plus, it’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, so it can help prevent issues with allergens or inflammation too.
- Peppermint essential oil is also used to treat breathing difficulties such as asthma and coughs. It has anti-inflammatory properties and can reduce inflammation in nasal passages which will help to ease your breathing.
Note: If you’ve tried several natural remedies with no success, talk to your doctor. Snoring may be a symptom of a more serious condition, like obstructive sleep apnea. A sleep study or medical treatments may be necessary.
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