Want To Stop Snoring? Here’s What Really Works!

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Snoring is a very common problem. This annoying sound can disrupt your sleep as well as your partner’s sleep. Estimates are that about 90 million Americans suffer from snoring.

Snoring occurs because the structures inside the throat relax when we sleep (and as we age). This causes them to vibrate, which is the noise you hear. It is considered by many to be a sleep disorder and really heavy or loud snoring can have serious medical consequences.

If you snore, you should take the steps to fight the problem. Everyone needs their rest — you and your spouse included. Snoring away every night keeps everyone in the house from getting a peaceful night’s sleep.

There are a great many products to help you stop snoring, such as nasal strips, anti-snore pillows, even oral devices; however, most of these have not been proven to be very effective.

Although there is no miracle pill that can stop snoring, there are easy and natural home remedies that can help to keep it under control.

Want to know what really works? Keep reading! We are going to tell you the best kept secrets when it comes to stopping the snoring!


1. Chamomile

This herb is well-known for its anti-inflammatory effects that can really help you to stop snoring and get the rest you need. Chamomile is also a natural muscle relaxant, which can ease the tension around nerves and muscles, so you snore less and sleep more. Drink one cup of chamomile tea about 30 to 45 minutes before bedtime.


2. Peppermint

Peppermint is another well-known anti-inflammatory that can reduce the swelling of the membranes that line the nostrils and throat. This will encourage smooth and easy breathing. Peppermint works very well for those who are suffering from temporary snoring because of dry air, colds, or allergies. You can rub a drop of peppermint oil into the lower parts of your nostrils before you go to bed, or add one drop of peppermint oil to a glass of water and gargle with this mixture before going to bed. Do not drink this tonic, simply gargle with it. If you like, you can also drink a cup of peppermint tea about 1 hour before bedtime as well.


3. Honey

Raw, organic honey also has anti-inflammatory compounds. This can reduce the swelling in the throat area that causes obstructions to breathing. Honey also lubricates the throat, which can prevent the vibrations which cause snoring. Mix one tablespoon of raw, organic honey into a cup of your favorite herbal non-caffeinated tea and drink about 30 minutes before bedtime.


4. Olive Oil

This is a little known secret to stop snoring! Olive oil is a strong anti-inflammatory which can ease the tissues that line the respiratory passages. This can reduce swelling and provide a clear and easy passage for air. Using this remedy regularly can go a long way towards reducing the vibrations from the throat, which will greatly diminish snoring. Combine one half teaspoon of both olive oil and raw, organic honey. Consume this mixture about 30 minutes before bedtime.

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5. Garlic

Why does this show up on every list?! Garlic reduces mucus buildup, which can give you some serious relief if you suffer from congestion at night. Garlic is also a natural anti-inflammatory agent. Try chewing on one or two raw cloves of organic garlic for a minute or two, then drink a glass of water. Do this once each day, just before you hit the hay.


6. Steam

When nasal congestion is the reason for snoring, one of the best ways to reduce it is steam. Boil some water on the stove, then add three or four drops of tea tree or eucalyptus oil into the water. Cover your head with a towel and breathe in the steam through your nose for at least five full minutes. Be careful not to burn your face on the steam!


7. Ghee

Ghee, or clarified butter, has pretty powerful medicinal compounds that can easily open up nasal passages, which can help you to sleep better. Warm a small amount of ghee in your microwave. Using a dropper, put two drops of warm ghee inside each nostril. This sounds strange, but what’s even more strange is that it really works! Do this each night before bedtime.


8. Nettle

If you snore only during allergy season, this is most likely due to congestion and inflamed nasal passages. Nettle not only has anti-inflammatory compounds, but it also has antihistamine compounds that will have you breathing easier at night. Drink one cup off nettle tea each night about 30 minutes before bed. If you can, drink two or three cups during the day as well.


9. Cardamom

Many people are unaware that cardamom is both an expectorant and a decongestant, which makes it perfect for opening up the nasal passages. When you can breathe better, you will snore less. Add one half teaspoon of cardamom powder to one glass of warm water. Drink this each night about 30 minutes before bed. Repeat this each night. This method takes a few days to work but it does gradually reduce snoring.


10. Turmeric

Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antibiotic agent that can really help those who suffer from heavy snoring. Turmeric needs to be consumed with milk to help treat snoring. Add two teaspoons of curcumin or turmeric powder to one glass of warm, whole milk. Drink once each day about 30 to 45 minutes before going to bed.


READ ALSO: Top Ways to Stop Snoring Naturally; No Machines, No Surgery, No Drugs


Extra Tips:

  • Losing weight can help to reduce snoring
  • Sleep on your side, rather than on your back
  • Raise the head of the bed up by 4 to 6 inches to prevent the tissues inside the throat from falling into and blocking the airways
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks at least two hours before bedtime or abstain altogether
  • Trying singing each day to improve the muscle control of the upper throat and soft palate
  • Sleep with a humidifier

Sweet dreams!