Do you sleep next to someone who snores which causes you to have a sleeping problem? If you do, this could be nothing to snore at. Lack of sleep can cause many health problems and if you or your partner snore this can be an indication of the sleep disorder, sleep apnea a condition where a person stops breathing due to an obstruction in the air passage way. If you think you or your partner has sleep apnea it is advisable to see a doctor that specializes in sleep disorders. The doctor may recommend that further testing may be necessary at a sleep clinic or he may prescribe sleep or snoring remedies that you can try.
Chin Straps, jaw supporters, chin cushions, chin up strips, medical tape, nasal strips, nasal brace, nasal clips, nasal decongestants and oral products that hold your tongue in place to keep your airway are all snoring aides.
If you have sleep apnea the doctor might have you try a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure device or CPAP that with high enough pressure will push air into your airway. It might also be recommended to sleep on your side with a memory foam pillow to elevate your head.
A Snore Stopper is worn on your wrist and every time you snore it will send out small pulses, making you adjust your position. Another way to elevate your head is placing blocks underneath the head of your mattress. If you have a hard time sleeping on your side try an Ortho Bed Wedge or sleep positioner.
There are a few lifestyle changes that you can try to alleviate your snoring. An overweight person has bulkier neck tissue that may be applying pressure against their airway. By just a matter of losing 10% of their body weight might lessen the pressure. If you are using alcohol or sleeping pills to get to sleep, they could suppress your breathing strength. Try eliminating them for a night and see if your snoring stops.
Keep your passage ways clear of congestion by breathing in steam, have a room humidifier or try nasal strips.
Natural Sleep Remedies
Calcium taken with magnesium act as a sleep enhancer and better taken together as calcium alone may cause heart problems. Herbal sleep aid remedies such as hops, wild lettuce, catnip, passionflower extract, Kava Kava and chamomile taken as capsules, teas or tinctures help reduce stress, relieve headaches and have been used as mild sedatives for years. Pillows filled with lavender or hops are nontoxic ways to fall asleep. Be careful if you take Kava Kava. There have been reports of liver problems due to toxicity.
Other supplemental sleep remedies include; Melatonin which is known to control your sleep cycle, Valerian a herb that acts like valium but is not addictive, L-theanine an amino acid in green tea that helps you sleep deeper and 5-HTP which has properties like Melatonin, but also helps with depression and anxiety.
Some sleep remedies are simply in the food we eat. Turkey, cheese, nuts, beans, eggs, milk and foods rich in carbohydrates are loaded with tryptophan. Tryptophan is a biochemical that is produced in our body naturally like Melatonin and plays a role in sleep induction. This is why you feel lethargic after a holiday meal. One warning, it is not recommended to take tryptophan as a supplement as it may cause the condition known as scleroderma. Scleroderma causes joint and muscle pain, depression and learning difficulties.
Remember all supplemental sleep aides are not FDA approved therefore it is advisable to discuss taking them with your physician. Some supplements might cause an interaction with other medication, may not be for women that are nursing or pregnant and not recommended if you have other deceases or disorders. Snore remedies like the Snore Stopper wrist band has a warning label that states no one should use the product if they have a heart condition. Heed the warnings and take the proper dosage. As over or under dosages can be dangerous especially for young children and the elderly.