Review some of the basic methods like anti-histamines, nasal decongestants, refraining from drugs and alcohol, snoring strips, tennis balls, but close with a reality check: home remedies to stop snoring will only tend to work for people who have snoring related to illness or other temporary conditions. Chronic snoring requires professional intervention.
If you are unhappy with your snoring, you may be looking for home remedies to stop snoring or reduce your snoring. Here are a few potential snoring remedies to try.
However, if you are unable to get good results from these remedies, you should see a doctor about your snoring and try to get professional evaluation of your snoring, as well as recommendations for appropriate treatment. To talk to Dr. Paul A. Hamersky about your snoring, please call 720-317-2700 or email us today to schedule an appointment at one of his Denver-area offices.
Obesity is associated with a higher incidence of snoring and sleep apnea. If you are overweight, trying to lose weight with a combination of dieting and exercise is recommended. It is probably the most effective home remedy you can try, and it’s the only one that will also help with sleep apnea. It’s also the hardest one to accomplish.
One of the most common causes of minor and temporary snoring is congestion and swelling in your mucous membranes. This may be caused by illness or allergy. Try taking antihistamines or nasal decongestants before bed.
For a longer-term effect, try reducing dust and allergens in your sleeping environment by cleaning more regularly or using an air filter. You can get targeted recommendations for which allergens to reduce if you get professionally evaluated for allergies.
Reducing Muscle Relaxation
You can try reducing snoring by reducing causes of muscle relaxation, such as drugs or alcohol. Try reducing alcohol consumption in the afternoon or evening, or potentially eliminating it altogether.
Sleeping pills may seem like a great way to get more sleep, but they can increase muscle relaxation and may lead to increased snoring and even sleep apnea. People who are having sleeping problems should be evaluated for sleep apnea before they begin taking any type of sleep medication.
For some people, snoring is all in the nose. If your primary cause of snoring is narrow nasal passages, snoring strips may be able to help. These semirigid strips stick to the top of your nose and pull up and out on your nose to keep your nasal passages open.
If your nose anatomy causes your snoring, these may work great, but for most people with chronic snoring, these have little or no impact.
Changing Your Sleep Position
People who sleep on their back tend to have worse snoring than people who sleep in other positions. If you are a back sleeper, you can try several options to try to change to a side sleeper. Bracing yourself with pillows may help, but one of the most effective solutions is to try sewing a tennis ball in the back of your pajamas to keep yourself from rolling onto your back.
When Home Remedies Don’t Work
These home remedies may be effective for people with short-term snoring problems, or snoring problems related to specific causes. For people with serious, chronic snoring professional help is required.
To speak to sleep dentist Dr. Paul A. Hamersky about snoring treatment options, please schedule an appointment at one of our offices today or call 720-317-2700.