What is Snoring?

Snoring is the vibration of respiratory structures and the resulting sound, due to obstructed air movement during breathing while sleeping. The sound may be soft or loud and unpleasant. The structures are usually the uvula and soft palate. The irregular airflow is caused by a blockage,

What are the Symptoms of Snoring?

Unusual breathing patterns during sleep.

What are the Causes of Snoring?

Snoring is involuntary. It happens when the snorer breathes through their mouth and the muscles of the soft palate relax. The passages are narrowed and as the air is drawn into the lungs, the soft palate vibrates. Usually this happens when the muscles that allow breathing become too relaxed. This can be due to too much alcohol, medications, an overly soft or large pillow; sleeping on your back, poor muscle tone or obesity. It can also be a physical problem you may have been born with. Asthma and smoking can also lead to obstruction and snoring.

Traditional Medical Treatments for Snoring

It is always wise to visit your doctor to rule out any possible major disorders. However, normally snoring is something that you can fix at home by eating well, losing weight if you need to and giving up smoking. Drinking less alcohol will help as well. Surgery is a possibility but only when the obstruction is severe.

Complementary/Alternative Treatments for Snoring

If you have allergic reactions, asthma, or any other respiratory problems, refer to the appropriate entries for alternative treatments which have proven to be quite successful. Herbal Treatments: If sinusitis is the cause, try horseradish and garlic tablets everyday. Do not exceed the recommended doses. Aromatherapy: Steam inhalation may open up the airways a little and enable you to sleep better at night. Put 3-4 drops of your favourite Aromatherapy essential oil. Otherwise try cedarwood, Rosemary or lavender.