Herbal Solution to Snoring – Treatment and Remedy
I don’t know of any herbal or whatever drugs that can stop snoring. But I can give you some tips and ways to prevent it.
When you snore, structures in the mouth and throat – the tongue, upper throat, soft palate, and uvula – vibrate against the tonsils and adenoids. There are many possible causes.
Overweight people are more likely to snore , and experts think it’s because the extra fatty tissue compresses the air passages. Drinking alcohol before bedtime is another factor: It causes throat muscles to relax and tissues to sag. And whenever you have nasal congestion from a cold or allergies , you’re more likely to snore, because inflamed tissues and extra mucus interfere with airflow.
Below are ways you can prevent snoring. To some, it might be just changing your sleeping position, while some might need more.
* Buy yourself a few extra pillows and prop yourself up in bed , rather than lying flat on your back. You’ll prevent the tissues in your throat from falling into your air passages.
• Elevate the head of your bed . An easy way to do it is to place several flat boards under the legs at the top end of the bed. A couple of short lengths of two-by-eights or two-by-tens under each leg should raise the bed enough to do the trick.
• Sleep on your side . Of course, there’s no guarantee you’ll stay in that position, but at least start on your side with your arms wrapped around a pillow.
There’s a good reason you don’t want to sleep on your back: In that position, your tongue and soft palate rest against the back of your throat, blocking the airway.
• If nasal congestion is causing your snoring, take a decongestant or antihistamine before you turn in.
• Tape your nose open with nasal strips, available at most drugstores. They may look odd, but who’s watching? Following the directions on the package, tape one of the strips to the outside of your nose before you fall asleep. They’ll lift and open your nostrils to increase airflow.
• Gargle with a peppermint mouthwash to shrink the lining of your nose and throat. This is especially effective if your snoring is a temporary condition caused by a head cold or an allergy. To mix up the herbal gargle, add one drop of peppermint oil to a glass of cold water.
• Reduce bedroom allergens (dust, pet dander, mold) to alleviate nasal stuffiness by vacuuming floors and drapes. Change sheets and pillowcases often.
• Don’t eat a heavy meal or drink alcoholic beverages within three hours of turning in. Both can cause your throat muscles to relax more than normal.
• Quit smoking . Tobacco smoke irritates mucous membranes, so your throat swells, narrowing the airway. Smokers also have more problems with nasal congestion.
• If you’re regularly taking any kind of medication, talk to your doctor about alternatives. Some drugs can make snoring worse , including sleeping pills and sedatives.
When to see the doctor about snoring
Loud, excessive snoring can signal sleep apnea, a potentially dangerous condition that requires treatment. Contact your doctor if you’re a loud snorer who stops breathing for short periods when you’re asleep. You should also notify the doctor if you sometimes wake up gasping for breath, if you wake up with headaches, or if you’re sleepy during the day. Sleep apnea can reduce levels of oxygen in the blood, eventually leading to elevated blood pressure and an enlarged heart.
You can prevent it. I hope this helps.