Are You Losing Sleep Due to Your Partner's Snoring?

by EnelleLamb

Stop snoring with natural remedies, including tips and products to help you and your partner get a good nights sleep!

NEWS FLASH - everybody snores! However, for those of you who still maintain that you don't, not everyone breaks the sound barrier or shakes the rafters when they hit the pillow at night.

Some of us, (I used to be in this category, or at least I told myself that I was,) are light snorers, or 'sometimes' snore due to colds and allergies, or simply don't snore loud enough to wake their partner or themselves.

My father, Bless his heart, is a champion snorer. If there were snoring games at the Olympics, my father would, right now, be on his way to London with betting odds of 99% to win the gold! His late wife, my step-mother, would have been a shoe-in for the silver.

I can remember many sleepless nights, listening to the walls reverberate with what sounded like cannon fire exploding in the next room. Even thunderstorms were quieter than that nightly, tandem snoring.

What causes snoring?

So, you may ask, why do we snore?

That's easy - snoring is the "vibratory sound produced by an obstruction of the upper airway", however the causes and cures can be anything but simple. There are several reasons why we produce this sound during sleep.

  • Congenital deformities
  • Sleep Apnea (OSA)
  • Advancing age
  • Positioning of the jaw
  • Nasal obstruction
  • Atopy (inflammation of the airways due to colds, asthma, sinus infections or allergies)
  • Weakness of the throat muscle
  • Sleeping position, such as lying on your back
  • Obesity
  • Alcohol or drug intake
  • Smoking

Natural remedies

Assuming that you or your partner don't have a medical condition such as a congenital deformity or sleep apnea, there might be an inexpensive cure that will help you get a good night's sleep, so long as you are open to trying one or two methods to see what works for you.

There are several natural remedies that have been touted over the years for the relief of snoring. Some of these include:

  • Steam vaporizers

As nasal congestion is one of the culprits that produce snoring, the use of a vaporizer can reduce or loosen the mucus plug that causes the congestion. It can also keep the soft pallet from drying out, which also contributes to the effects of snoring.

  • Herbal medications

The list below have been sold and used for years to relieve congestion, restrict allergies, reduce inflammation and relieve sore throats.

Immature Bitter Orange -  helps to inhibit the production of allergens and relieve nasal congestion.

Wild Yam -  an anti-inflammatory agent helps reduce inflammation (no brainer there!)

Ginger -  increases the the production of saliva, which, in turn, helps keep the soft pallet from drying out when sleeping.

Honey and Arctium Fruit -  both of these herbal remedies lubricate the throat, and are great for soothing a raw throat due to colds.

  • Acupuncture

Although not widely considered as a medical treatment for snoring, the Chinese have long believed that a person's life force, or Ch'i, (literal translation is "air" or "breath",) can be affected by blockages.

  • Aroma Therapy

Essential oils have long been used in the treatment of respiratory ailments, and have more recently gained popularity as cures for many afflictions. The most common oils used to alleviate snoring are Marjoram, Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Lavender, or you can have a special blend mixed for you.

  • Singing

Believe it or not, singing can be beneficial when it comes to quieting those snores! Singing strengthens the throat muscles, and although it isn't a bona-fide cure-all, it can be used with other remedies to help alleviate those nightly noises. Now you actually have a reason for singing in the shower!

Stop snoring products

Anyone who has stayed up watching late night TV has certainly seen the infamous "infomercials" or "as seen on TV" commercials. There are special pillows, nose sprays, and the latest trend, believe it or not, has been the emergence of "Stop Snoring" aids. The first of these commercials was for Breath-rite strips, which I admit to trying. They do open the airways, and definitely help, although they don't always stop snoring.

Then came Sleep Pro, Pure Sleep, Snore Mate, Rip Snore, Snore Mender and others. (I just love those names don't you?) Regardless of their names, these products promise a good night's sleep and an end to snoring. They work by holding the lower jaw slightly forward, which moves the base of the tongue away from the soft pallet, allowing a clear airway for breathing.

The plastic device, called a 'Mandibular Advancement Splint', fits over your teeth and prevents the jaw from sliding and blocking the airway. These products range in price, depending on the manufacturer, and all of them claim to eliminate snoring immediately.

A list of websites offering stop snoring aids

Make sure you do a bit of research into each product regarding pricing, shipping, availability, money back guarantees as well as comfort and fitting. Some of these sleep aids need to be fitted and adjusted first. - a Canadian site with 100% satisfaction warranty - offers a free trial - offers a unique hinged design by dental surgeons - claim to be the original sleep aid company since 1998 - uses 100% American made materials - offers 45 day money back guarantee

Research your product

Make sure you take the time to check out the product before ordering. It may seem like a waste of time, but since there are so many different types of stop snoring aids available, doing a bit of research could end up saving you money in the long run, and make sure the company offers a money back guarantee in case you need to return it.

Happy hunting, and I wish everyone a snore free, good night's sleep!

Updated: 07/23/2012, EnelleLamb
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EnelleLamb on 12/04/2012

Most welcome JaneG - thanks for stopping by :)

JaneG on 12/04/2012

Thanks for the treatment ideas. I new about some of these, but others I have never heard about. Will give them a try and see how it goes.

EnelleLamb on 07/28/2012

Thanks :) As my poor husband seldom complains, I felt I at least owed it to him to look into some stop snoring remedies!

redelf on 07/28/2012

People diagnosed with severe sleep apnea need to be checked out as they are at risk for stroke - the positive pressure machines can greatly help to prevent that. Good article!

EnelleLamb on 07/24/2012

Thanks Dustytoes, my husband made me promise to try them LOL! But you didn't hear that from me!

dustytoes on 07/24/2012

I really like all your natural remedies for snoring!

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