30 Ways to Stop Snoring

30 Ways to Stop Snoring

30 Ways to Stop Snoring

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Does your partner keep you awake at nights with their snoring? Do you find yourself moving through your days in a fog due to lack of sleep? Snoring affects millions of Americans. Many may find their relationships strained and their daytime focus shattered due to the strident nighttime vocalizations of their partner. Snoring can be caused by nose and sinus irritation, excess weight, posture during sleep, an individual’s build, the aging process, medication, alcohol, and smoking. In no particular order here are thirty natural methods you might wish to try for a better night’s sleep!

1. Steam

Snoring due to congestion can be reduced by inhaling steam. Simply fill a large bowl with boiling water and add two to three drops of tea tree or eucalyptus oil to the bowl. Use a towel to make a “tent” over your head and inhale deeply for ten minutes. Repeat nightly until the congestion clears.

2. Peppermint

Peppermint contains anti-inflammatory compounds that may help reduce inflammation and swelling in the tissues of the nose and throat. Try rubbing some peppermint oil in the corners of your nose to reduce the inflammation there, or adding a few drops of peppermint oil to a running humidifier to infuse the air. You can also use peppermint as a gargling agent. Simply add two drops of peppermint oil to a glass of water and gargle with it daily. Do not swallow any of this mixture.

3. Cardamom

Cardamom acts as an expectorant and a decongestant. Try adding a half of a teaspoon of cardamom to a glass of water. Drink this one half hour before bedtime to aid in the relief of congestion.

4. Olive oil

Olive oil can aid in the reduction of inflammation in the respiratory tract. Take a couple of sips of pure olive oil before bedtime, or add some honey to half of a teaspoon of olive oil.

5. Clarified butter

Clarified butter contains medicinal properties which help to open up blocked nostrils which may cause snoring. Warm a dab of clarified butter in the microwave and drop two to three drops in each nostril every morning and before bedtime.

6. Nettle

Nettles contain anti-inflammatory compounds which may aid in the reduction of swelling in tissues due to allergies. Use nettles in a tea. Add dried nettle leaves to a cup of boiling water. Allow this to infuse for ten minutes. Strain through a fine sieve. Drink this tea two or three times daily, especially before bedtime. You can add honey for flavor if you wish.

7. Turmeric

Turmeric contains antibiotic and antiseptic properties. Not only will turmeric boost your immune system, it will aid in the reduction of inflammation in the nose and throat. Add two teaspoons of turmeric powder to a glass of milk and drink about half an hour before bedtime.

8. Chamomile

Chamomile possesses anti-inflammatory properties and has been utilized as a sleep aid for centuries. Try some chamomile tea before bedtime. Steep a teaspoon dried chamomile flowers in a cup of boiling water for fifteen minutes. Strain through a fine sieve. You may wish to add honey for flavor.

9. Garlic

Garlic can help reduce excess mucus. Try including a lot of garlic in your evening meal, insuring that the food is hot. You might also wish to try eating one or two garlic cloves every day before you go to bed. Follow with a glass of water.

10. Lose excess weight

If you are overweight, you are more likely to suffer from snoring than someone who is of average weight. A reduction in your weight using regular exercise and a healthy diet can reduce the severity of your snoring.

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