4 Ways to Combat Snoring

Snoring can make you tired and groggy, even if you think you slept all night. Snoring causes health problems and can be a problem for the rest of the household. Aside from maintaining a healthy weight and having a healthier diet, there are a few things you can do to combat snoring that you may not have known about.

  1. Essential Oils: One option to potentially help your snoring problem is to clear your nasal passageways each night before bed. Try using any of the following essential oils: eucalyptus, mint, marjoram or lavender. There are various ways to use the oils, all of which involve diluting the oils with water or a plain body oil of your choice. Try dabbing the oils with a Q-tip near your nostrils, or rub a diluted mixture onto your chest, shoulders and neck. A diffuser machine might be helpful as well, or a steam sink treatment with your essential oil of choice. There are many options for types of oils and ways to use the oils to benefit your snoring. Ask your local chiropractor if they can recommend essential oils that might benefit you.
  2. New Pillow: Sleeping with a new pillow that supports your neck and shoulders, allowing you to breathe easier, could make all the difference in your snoring problem. Try switching to sleeping on your back or side and ask your chiropractor for pillow recommendations. Supportive Tempur-Pedic or Oxygen pillow options could be the answer to your snoring issues.
  3. Allergies: When is the last time you dusted your shelves and the fan above your bed? How often do you clean or change your bedding and shampoo your carpets? Do your pets sleep in your bed with you or when you’re not home? Does your snoring act up when the seasons change? Your snoring could be purely allergen related so take steps to reduce the allergens in your home, bedroom and life over all to help combat your snoring problem.
  4. Sleep Doctor: If the at-home do-it-yourself remedies don’t help your snoring, it is probably best to visit a sleep therapy doctor to talk about what else could be causing your snoring. You could have sleep apnea or other health issues that need to be addressed sooner rather than later.

by Chugach Chiropractic & Massage Center