Home Remedies for Snoring
‘Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone’ – Anthony Burgess
How true! Discussing this problem is too embarrassing and hence it often goes undiagnosed or for most part misdiagnosed. However, one question remains ‘what is snoring’ and what are the main causes for this awkward experience. Come; let us delve a little further into this topic.
What Is Snoring?
Snoring occurs due to partial restriction in the throat and nasal passages owing to excessive tissues and inflammation. This makes it difficult for the air to move freely through the upper respiratory tract, creating a hoarse vibrating sound, during sleep. This vibration is what is termed snoring.
What Are The Causes For Snoring?
There are various reasons for snoring. Some of them are…
- Anatomical abnormalities of the nose and throat, which include nasal polyps, tonsils, enlarged adenoids or a deviated nasal septum, which results in narrowing of the throat, while sleeping.
- Functional abnormalities such as an inflamed nose and throat owing to upper respiratory tract infection
- Sleep apnea, a life threatening problem with possible risk of cardiac diseases
- Being overweight with double chin (fatty tissues in the neck )
- Medications like tranquilizers and antihistamines
- Small narrow nostrils
- Sleeping on the back
- Relaxation of the throat muscles that increase with age
- Faulty lifestyle habits like lack of exercise, overeating, sedentary lifestyle, drinking alcohol and smoking
Lifestyle and Bedtime Remedies to Stop Snoring
- Exercise regularly
- Quit smoking and drinking
- Avoid heavy meals and caffeine
- Shed weight
- Sleep on the side
- Prop the pillows
Home Remedies for Snoring
There are various possible causes for snoring. Therefore, it is imperative to identify the exact cause and find suitable remedies. According to experts, there is no exact cure for snoring although one can manage this problem by seeking professional help for medical related issues or follow simple lifestyle modifications to ensure better sleep.
Garlic makes an amazing remedy if sinus or sleep apnea is one of the probable reasons for snoring. The anti-inflammatory compound in garlic clears the upper respiratory tract, assuages enlarged tonsils and relieves blocked sinus passages, thus preventing snoring. Chewing garlic every day, just before dinner and drinking a glass of water, also works wonders and promote undisturbed sleep. Another option is to include plenty of raw garlic as part of a meal and consume while it is steaming hot also helps. [Read more: Garlic Benefits]
Honey is another simple readily available option to battle snoring. The medicinal and anti inflammatory properties in the golden liquid decrease swelling in the throat and clears the airway preventing any kind of blockage. Taking a spoon of honey mixed with warm water every night before going to bed or simply adding a dash of honey to herbal tea helps soothe the throat and prevents the most embarrassing vibrations.
The various therapeutic compounds plus the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory substances in ginger opens up the blocked nasal passages and soothes inflammation. It also boosts secretion of saliva and keeps the throat free from any obstruction. For best results mix a few chopped pieces of ginger root to hot water and consume the decoction thrice a day. Adding a few drops of honey as an alternative too proves beneficial. [Read more Benefits of Ginger]
The anti-inflammatory antiseptic and antibacterial properties in turmeric too have the same effect as ginger and garlic. Drinking a cup of hot milk with a pinch of turmeric, half an hour before bedtime proves useful.
A natural expectorant and a decongestant, cardamom soothes the throat and the nasal passage effectively. Taking a glass of warm water mixed with cardamom powder regularly proves effective.
By following these natural and simple lifestyle remedies, control snoring and sleep peacefully!