7 Natural Ways to Stop Snoring
Because you're driving your entire family insane
Snoring is the worst--not necessarily for you but definitely for the poor, unfortunate souls who share your bedroom. Here, seven natural remedies to put a stop to it now…or at the very least minimize the chainsaw-like sound.
CHANGE YOUR SLEEP POSITION
Attention back sleepers: That’s actually the worst position for anyone prone to snoring. Instead, switch to sleeping on your side--it puts less pressure on your throat and tongue, a friction point that can cause that vibrating sound.
TURN ON YOUR HUMIDIFIER
Seasonal allergies--a leading cause of snoring--are often a symptom of extremely dry air. Running your humidifier at night can help minimize snoring, or reduce the volume of the noise.
SKIP THAT LATE-NIGHT GLASS OF WINE
A glass of red before bed can feel like a first-class ticket to la-la land. But if you snore, watch out--just a few small sips of alcohol before bed is enough to relax your throat muscles and intensify your snoring.
TAKE A SHOWER BEFORE BED
We know--you prefer showering in the a.m. But since snoring is often caused by blocked nasal passages, a steamy shower before bed is enough to open them up so you get a better night’s sleep.
TRY OVER-THE-COUNTER NASAL STRIPS
If nasal congestion is the problem, this tactic can help. The inexpensive strips help clear blocked nasal passages so, well, you get it.
FLUFF YOUR PILLOWS
Damn you, dust mites. These microscopic buggers are a leading cause of snoring (they leave behind enzymes that we’re allergic to, something that can cause our nasal passages to clog). The worst part? They seek shelter in your pillows. Toss your pillows (not just the cases) in the dryer on the air-fluff cycle once every couple of weeks.
WEAR A MOUTH GUARD
Sure, this anti-snoring device isn’t the sexiest thing you’ve ever worn to bed. But it does open your airways by realigning your lower jaw--leading to significantly reduced snoring and improved sleep over time. (Kinda hot, when you think about it.)