These five home remedies could help you stop snoring and make you healthier.
Ah, snoring. It’s the source of marital tension, unsolicited jokes, and the pretense for myriad advertisements promoting products to control snoring or your money back, guaranteed.
Maybe you’ve tried one of those products, or maybe you’re looking for a more natural fix. Some snoring cures don’t work for everyone, but there’s a good chance at least one of the tips below will work for you. Start incorporating them into your routine and put snoring to bed, once and for all.
Excess tissue around the neck can restrict airways, meaning the air has a smaller pathway into and out of your body. Vibrations caused by breathing can get loud when channeled through a smaller space. The jury’s still out on how effective weight loss is for curing snoring, but if you’re overweight, it can’t hurt to give it a whirl.
Sleep on Your Side
Back sleepers experience more compression on the throat, so sleeping sideways can alleviate this pressure. Kicking the back sleeping habit can be hard, so some experts recommend sleeping with a tennis ball in your t-shirt pocket and wearing the whole thing backwards until you’ve trained yourself to sleep on your side.
Cut Back on Alcohol
Alcohol relaxes the muscles in the back of your throat, making airflow uneven. Studies have also shown that alcohol consumption increases fitful sleep, so if you want to have a better, snore-free sleep, close the bar a little early.
Shower Before Bed
A steamy shower before bed will open up the nasal passages and allow air to flow more slowly, which is to say, more quietly.
Get Enough Sleep
When you’re overtired, your throat muscles loosen and flop around, much like after drinking alcohol. Making your eight hours sacred will keep your throat muscles firmer, allowing air to pass through quietly.
If you've tried these tricks and snoring is still disturbing your sleep, or your bed mate's, contact the Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders of Fairfield for an easy and holistic solution.