Home Remedies For Snoring and Sleep Apnea

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Why Should I Seek A Home Remedy?

Snoring and Sleep Apnea are fairly serious problems on their own. They can lead to you getting a poor night’s sleep, and if you’re married, it can also cause havoc and a number of fights or arguments.

I know married couples that sleep in separate because of snoring. It’s simply not worth it to let yourself be subjected to all of the negative ramifications that go along with snoring and sleep Apnea.

Sleep Apnea has all of the problems associated with snoring, and then some. Your sleeping will be interrupted, but so will your breathing. The truly scary aspect of this is that not only is your breathing cut off, but it happens while you’re asleep and have absolutely no control over the matter.

There is some good and bad that goes along with this. The good (though it’s not really “good”) is that your breathing usually only stops for a few seconds, and if it’s cut off for much longer you will wake up. There are some cases where a victim of sleep Apnea will not wake up while their breathing has stopped and this can prove to be fatal, but that’s an extremely rare occurrence.

The bad aspect of this is that, even if you have mild or moderate sleep Apnea (which is not fatal), the stops in your breathing will wake you up several times in the middle of the night, thus preventing you from experiencing a good night’s sleep.

Even if you’re not woken up by these constant nighttime interruptions, the stop in breathing can still prevent your brain from entering a state of sleep that is deep enough for your body to get anything close to what could be considered a full night’s rest.

If you just snore, you might be thinking that you’ve got this problem under control, but think again. People are snore are at risk for developing sleep Apnea, so it’s always worth it to be a little extra careful.

What Home Remedies Are Available?

In other parts of this website, I describe the story of how I used to suffer from excessive snoring. Thankfully, I never developed sleep Apnea, but that’s only because I was able to put an end to my snoring before it got to that point.

In my quest to end my snoring, I tried a number of home remedies. The different methods I tried can be divided into two different categories. The first being the act of making a distinct change to you lifestyle, and the second is purchasing some of the inexpensive products I review on this website.

You won’t find your cure overnight, but you need to be patient. If your problem with snoring isn’t effecting your life right now, trust me when I say that it only snowballs into something you wish you will have put a stop to later. So with that being said, here is a summary of what I’ve tried.

Lifestyle Changes

Depending on how severe your snoring or sleep Apnea is, you might be able to put a stop to the problem just by changing your lifestyle and habits a little bit. My first tip would be to, as hard as it may seem for some of you, sleep on your side.

Sleeping on your back pushes down your soft pallet and creates temporary blockages in your windpipe. These blockages are what actually cause snoring and the air trying to get through is what creates that familiar sound.

If you are a heavy drinker, you owe it to yourself to cut down at the very least. People who drink excessive amounts of alcohol are susceptible to develop a snoring condition. This is because when you drink too much and pass out, the alcohol is effective every part of your body in a negative way.

It has terrible effects on your body in general, but when you fall asleep after drinking, the alcohol changes the resting tension of the muscles in your throat. Since this area of your body is thrown off balance, you’re more likely to snore as a result. In general, drinking is a bad decision if you aim to live a healthy life. Either limit your intake or stop entirely. You’ll start feeling better sooner than you know it.

If you are overweight, you may want to consider losing weight if snoring is something that worries you. Being overweight is one of the main causes of snoring, as the fat that builds up around one’s neck acts as a tightening mechanism for the throat.

People with chubby necks are more likely to snore, as the muscles in their throat are less likely to operate correctly. There is more pressure being applied on everything in your throat, and this will only harm your body.

With these few tips established, I feel that it’s important to point out that you should consider drinking less or lose weight regardless. Some people obviously have more trouble doing this than others, but being overweight can severely cut years off your life expectancy.

Heavy drinking not only cuts years off your life expectancy, but studies have shown that it can lead to broken homes, failure to hold down a steady job, and you can also lose some good friends by doing or saying something you’re unable to recall. Though I have never personally had any of these problems, I have seen others suffer.

You don’t have to share their fate. So try to sleep on your side. Cut down on the drinking. Exercise regularly. There’s a good chance that this will end your snoring, but even if it doesn’t your life will be vastly improved.

Check Out Some of the Product Reviews

Let’s say you don’t have any problems with drinking, obesity, or back-sleeping, but you still snore. Now what? Well, if that’s the case then you should really consider looking at some of the reviews contained within this site. Every product has been shown to help people in some capacity, and many of these products were successful in completely curing someone of their sleep Apnea!

The trick is to be patient while browsing. I’ve done much of the research for you, so all you need to do is figure out what you’d like the best. If your problem is not that severe, then you should consider buying one of the anti-snoring pillows I review.

Keep in mind that, while they’ve had mixed results with most, the anti-snoring sprays can also do wonders for snoring, and even some mild cases of sleep Apnea. Those with a more serious snoring ailment may want to consider some of the mouthpieces or nasal dilators.

There a few things I must stress before you use any of these products. First, read the directions carefully. You can actually worsen your snoring and sleep Apnea by incorrectly following directions.

Some people will buy these products, use them incorrectly (and only once) then go to Amazon.com and give the device a poor review. I have done my best to point out the correct way to wear many of the products that are notoriously worn wrong by others so, if anything, read my reviews carefully.

Secondly, and most importantly: be patient! You need to remember that you will not find any solutions overnight. Even the products that are shown to work wonderfully typically require you wear them for a few nights to a couple weeks before the body completely adjusts.

A little patience can go a long way, and considering some of the alternatives to treating this type of condition, you could save yourself hundreds of dollars and a lot of stress.

What Are The Alternatives?

The alternatives to these methods are not pretty. If you have sleep Apnea, you will likely be required to use a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. This is a bulky device that sits on your bed and connects a tube to a mask that you put over your face as you sleep.

The machine pumps air into the mask, which goes through you windpipe and pushes free any blocks that may be caused by a soft pallet. There are plenty of alternatives to this machine, so don’t resort to the CPAP machine just yet!

The other option is surgery. Without going into too much gory detail, these are all very risky, expensive and uncomfortable procedures. One of the surgeries (a Maxillomandibular Advancement) involves the doctors physically moving your jawbone further away from your throat. Of course this may be the only option at your disposal if you have fatal sleep Apnea, but all others should steer clear of procedures like this. There are safe, cheap alternatives out there, and they can work for you!

I’m not a doctor or a professional by any means, but I’ve found that many of the products and methods I described on this page have not only helped myself, but have helped others as well. If you’re taking good care of your body, then your next step should be to read some of the product descriptions located elsewhere in the site.

Best of luck out there!