Snoring affects million of people every night. If you’ve ever shared a bed or a room with someone that snores, you know that it’s not just bad for the person snoring, it’s bad for anyone in hearing distance!
Snoring is caused by structures in the throat relaxing and vibrating as you breathe. Although snoring is considered a sleep disorder, snoring is as much a medical condition as it is a social one. Everyone needs good sleep, and snoring not only affects the snorer, but the people around them. Although the medical market is flooded with products claiming to cure snoring, none of them have proven to be 100% effective. Lifestyle changes and these simple home remedies can at least treat the causes of snoring, and can be effective in reducing it’s effects.
Here are some natural remedies to help control snoring:
1. Olive Oil
Olive oil is a very strong natural anti-inflammatory compound. Taking 2-3 sips of olive oil before bed can actually ease the tissues all along the nasal and respiratory passages to help stop the vibrations that cause snoring.
Another effective method for relaxing the nasal passages, and clearing congestion is steam. Take a large bowl and add a few drops of eucalyptus oil and add a few cups of boiling water. Place a towel over your head and the bowl and breathe deeply for 5-10 minutes.
Peppermint oil is amazing for reducing inflammation and swelling of the membranes in the nasal passages and throat. Smooth, easy breathing is essential to stopping snoring. Adding a couple of drops to a glass of water and gargling with it before bed is one way to incorporate peppermint into your nightly routine. You can also add a few drops of peppermint oil to a humidifier and let it run while your sleep.
4. Clarified Butter (ghee)
Clarified butter actually has medicinal properties that help to open up blocked nasal passages. Take a sliver of clarified butter and warm it in the microwave until it melts. Take a eye dropper or a q-tip and place a drop or two of clarified butter in each nostril right before bed.
Cardamom is actually an effective natural expectorant and decongestant. Again, more free-flowing air leads to less snoring. Adding just one half teaspoon of cardamom powder to a glass of water before bed can reduce snoring from congestion.
Turmeric is another spice who’s medical benefits are almost limitless. It is a very powerful natural antiseptic and antibiotic so it will reduce any inflammation in the nasal passages. Simply add a teaspoon of turmeric to a small glass of warm milk just before bed.
Seasonal allergies are a very common cause of temporary snoring. Nettle acts as a natural antihistamine. Making a nettle tea by adding a tablespoon of nettle leaves to a cup of boiling water, and then straining it, is an easy way to get those antihistamine powers.
Additional tips to reduce snoring:
– Lose weight
– Sleep on your side, rather than your back
– Use an extra pillow, or raise the head of your bed
– Simple nasal strips
– Avoid alcohol, especially before bed
– Quit smoking