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Home Remedies For Snoring: Procedure, Recovery, Risk & Complication

What is the remedy about?

Snoring is a common problem and occurs when the relaxed structures present in your throat starts vibrating and makes noise. It is sometimes also considered to be a sleeping disorder and may be a reason for concern. The following home remedies can help to stop your problem of snoring:

  • Peppermint contains anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the swelling of your membranes that are present in the lining of the nostrils and throat. It helps to promote smooth and easy breathing. You can add 1 or 2 drops of peppermint oil in water and gargle with that solution daily.
  • Olive oil, another anti-inflammatory agent helps to ease out all the tissues that are present along your respiratory passage. This eventually results in the swellings to reduce, providing a clear passage for air to pass through. Have 2-3 sips of olive oil before you go to bed regularly. You can also mix it with a bit of honey.
  • One of the prime reasons for snoring is nasal congestion. Inhaling steam can be the best remedy for treating a nasal congestion. You only have to put a few drops of essential or tea tree oil in a bowl of boiling water and inhale the hot steam. Do this regularly for around 10 minutes until your nose gets cleared.
  • Cardamom is a decongestant that helps to open up blocked nasal passages. Once your nasal passage is cleared, your snoring will automatically reduce. Add half a spoon of cardamom powder to a glass of warm water and drink the mixture regularly 30 minutes before going to bed.
  • Both antibiotic and antiseptic, turmeric can help to treat inflammation and gradually reduce heavy snoring. It also aids in boosting your immune system. Add two spoons of turmeric powder to a glass of warm milk and drink it half an hour before retiring to bed. Make sure you do it on a regular basis.

Are there any side effects?

The possible side effects of practising these home remedies could be:

  • If you are using peppermint oil to gargle, make sure that you do not swallow it. There is a possibility of triggering an allergic reaction, heartburn, mouth sores or headaches.
  • Olive oil may lower down the level of blood sugar in some cases. Diabetic patients must keep a check on their sugar level if consuming olive oil on a regular basis.
  • For people having gallstones, it is advisable not to have cardamom in excessive amounts. It can trigger spasmodic pain.
  • Consumption of turmeric may sometimes lead to nausea, dizziness, stomach upset and diarrhea. Apart from that, excessive consumption of turmeric prevents proper absorption of iron. So, people who have iron deficiency must be careful when consuming turmeric. Moreover, turmeric and milk can also have side effects on people who are lactose intolerant.

What are the post-remedy guidelines?

The post remedy guidelines include:

  • Try changing your sleeping position. Sleeping on your side can help to reduce snoring.
  • If you notice that you have gained weight around your neck, it can be a reason that causes you to snore at night. In that case, try losing weight.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Get rid of your poor sleeping habits. Ensure that you get an adequate amount of sleep. When you work for long hours, you tend to get exhausted when you finally go to bed. When you are in deep sleep, the muscles tend to become sloppier.
  • Make sure that you drink a lot of fluids and keep yourself hydrated.

How long does it take to recover?

With proper and correct application of these home remedies, you can notice a significant change in your snoring habit within two to four weeks. If there is no marked improvement, you may need to consult a doctor.

Are the results of the remedy permanent?

By taking proper care of your health and leading a good lifestyle, you can cure the problem of snoring completely. However, further problems in sleeping, sudden weight gain or other nasal problems can result in snoring to recur.

Is there any training or experts required?

You do not require any special expertise and training for practicing any of these home remedies. The ingredients are easily available in the market. However, you may consult your doctor once before consuming anything on a daily basis in case you have a medical condition.

Effectiveness: High Side Effects: Very Low Time for Recovery: Medium Price Range :

Approx Rs. 20 – Rs. 360

Training Requirement:

There is no special training required for these home remedies. In case of a medical condition, you can consult your doctor before starting off the treatment.

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3 Home Remedies To Stop Snoring

CCP, MBA, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Karnal
3 Home Remedies To Stop Snoring
Snoring is disturbing, not only for you but also others in the family.

Here are 3 powerful ways to get rid of snoring.

1. Steam: Nasal congestion is one of the biggest reasons behind snoring. The best solution for reducing congestion is to inhale steam.
- Pour hot boiling water in a large bowl/ You can also use a steamer.
- Add three or four drops of eucalyptus essential oil or tea tree essential oil.
- Hold a towel over your head and inhale the steam deeply through your nose for 10 minutes.
- Follow this remedy daily before going to bed until your congestion clears.

2. Ghee: Ghee, also known as clarified butter, has certain medicinal properties that can help open up blocked nasal passages. This in turn will help you snore less and sleep better.
- Slightly warm a small amount of ghee.
- Use a dropper to put two or three drops of lukewarm ghee in each nostril.
- Do this daily before going to bed and again after waking up the next morning.

3. Turmeric : Being a powerful antiseptic and antibiotic agent, turmeric can treat inflammation and help reduce heavy snoring. The following milk and turmeric drink will help you breathe freely while you sleep.
- Add two teaspoons of turmeric powder to a glass of warm milk.
- Drink it 30 minutes before going to sleep.
- Do this daily.

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MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Mumbai
Snoring is the production of upper airway noise via breathing during sleep.
• Snore- during sleep, the noise produced while breathing through the mouth.
• Snoring is a sound a person makes during sleep when his or her breathing is disrupted.
Aetiology /pathogenesis-
Snoring originates in the parts of the upper airway which have no rigid support to counteract compression from outside or collapse from inside. This narrowing leads to local acceleration and turbulence of the breathed air. This, in turn, causes vibration of the pharyngeal wall.
The structures concerned are-
• Soft palate
• Uvula
• Tonsils
• Base of the tongue
• Pharyngeal muscles and
• Pharyngeal mucosa.
Factors contributing to snoring-
The palate, tongue and pharyngeal muscles play a part in keeping the airway open during the inspiration. If, during the deep sleep phase, and especially during REM sleep, the muscle tone is insufficient, the tongue can fall backward due to gravity, and vibrate against the soft palate, uvula and pharynx. This occurs particularly in the supine position.
Anatomical abnormalities can limit the passage of air in the oropharynx and the hypopharynx. Such abnormalities include-
• Enlarged tonsils and adenoids
• Fatty tissue in the pharynx (due to obesity)
• A relatively large tongue (in the case of retrognathia, micrognathia and acromegaly).
• A narrow nasal passage causes an increase in negative pressure during inspiration, which increases the effect on the flaccid pharyngeal tissue. A particularly long palate and uvula also narrow the nasopharyngeal opening during inspiration. This explains why people who normally do not snore may do so when they have a cold or allergic rhinitis.
• Septal abnormalities, nasal polyps and tumours can also contribute to constriction.
• Hypothyroidism, neurological disorders, alcohol and hypnotics can intensify the overall effect.
Signs and symptoms-
• Unexplained tiredness or sleepiness during the day.
• Disrupted social activities and relationship problems (and even divorce). The snoring noise can sometimes be as loud as 50–70 db, which is similar to the noise of a low-flying jet plane.
• Sometimes, temporarily stopped-breathing (sleep apnoea), which can be very alarming.
Very careful examination of the ear, nose and throat area, particularly the tonsils, palate, uvula and tongue is made. Nasal polyps, swollen turbinates, septal deviation, hyper reactive nasal mucosa, and abnormal anatomy of the lower jaw (relatively too small or recessed) is evaluated. Weighing the patient and blood pressure is next step. If hypothyroidism is suspected, the thyroid stimulating hormone level is checked.
The average snorer is a person more than 40 yrs old. While he inhales or exhales during sleep, the soft palate vibrates noisely. Snoring is usually caused by a condition which hinders breathing such as a cold, an allergy, a nasal polyp, tumor or deviated nasal septum. The cause must be removed to stop snoring. Snoring can also be diminished by reducing weight, stopping smoking and drinking alcohol in evening before sleeping.
Option 1-
If no abnormalities are found on the history or examination, no treatment is required.
Option 2-
If further investigations are found, general measures can be suggested. These include-
• Losing weight if necessary
• Avoiding lying on the back if the snoring is position-dependent and
• As appropriate, discouraging smoking, alcohol consumption and the use of hypnotics.
• Any underlying causes or contributory factors, such as hypothyroidism or allergies are treated.
• Mechanical devices placed in the nose and mouth only reduce snoring to a limited extent.
• If, in the case of habitual snoring, the patient temporarily stops breathing and/or the patient reports that he is sleepy and tired during the day, sleep apnoea syndrome must be considered.
• Snoring can also be cured about 80% by surgery. The operation is called uvulopalato-pharyngoplasty.
Attention to weight, smoking, alcohol and hypnotics, and avoiding sleeping on the back are effective preventive measures. Reassurance is sometimes appropriate, particularly if there are groundless fears about sleep apnoea.
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Causes of Snoring

FRHS, Ph.D Neuro , MPT - Neurology Physiotherapy, D.Sp.Med, DPHM (Health Management ), BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Chennai

Snoring is loud hoarse or harsh breathing sound that occurs during is caused by the physical obstruction of the flow of air through mouth and nose as progressing from light sleep to deep sleep.


- A long soft palate and a long uvula ( the dangling tissue in the back of mouth )
- Obstructed nasal airways
- Nasal allergies
- Sinus infection
- Being overweight
-:Deviated septum ( the wall that separates one nostril from the other )
- Nasal Polyps
- Abnormalities in facial bones.

-:Deviated septum
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Know About Snoring

Diploma in Tuberculosis & Chest Diseases, ccebdm, FCCP (USA), MBBS
Pulmonologist, Secunderabad
Know About Snoring

Obesity with snoring, choking episodes at night and day time sleepiness are symptoms of sleep apnea syndrome. It is diagnosed by polysomnography/sleep study.

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Stop Snoring With 3 Best and Simple Exercises

ENT Specialist, Hyderabad
Stop Snoring With 3 Best and Simple Exercises

Just like there are exercises to lose weight, there are simple exercises, which you can do to stop your snoring completely. Snoring is a common condition and it generally takes place more in men than women. It mostly affects individuals who are overweight and the condition gets worsened with age. Though it is not a serious condition, it has to be dealt as it affects the sleep of your sleeping partner. The main cause of snoring is an improper flow of air through the mouth or nose. 

The airflow to the nose is obstructed by factors like:

  1. Obesity
  2. Pregnancy
  3. Genetic factors
  4. Sinus Infection
  5. Congestion

How to Prevent Snoring:
It is very essential that prior attention is given to this condition before it turns out to be a serious problem. The self help  tips that can be used by individuals to stop snoring include proper exercising, losing weight, quitting smoking and not drinking alcohol as well as setting up an ideal sleeping pattern. There are devices available in the pharmaceutical stores like the mouth guard device which are specially designed to help stop snoring. There are medications also available that help to stop snoring and have good quality  sleep.

Amazing and Simple Exercises to Stop Snoring:
You can cure your snoring problem easily by practicing vocal exercises without the need of even going through a painful and expensive surgery.

  1. Singing: Singing is an excellent exercise that is very good for your vocal passage and that can cure the snoring problem. It is best that you start singing in a warm shower and the moist steam of the warm water would soothe your throat. The benefit of singing is that it tightens the muscles and it is an excellent and natural way that would cure your sleeping problem. You can practice singing at least 20 minutes in a day, and you would surely experience the difference.
  2. Yawning: The second simple exercise that can be done to stop snoring is yawning, which involves opening and closing of your mouth. The exercise done in a yawning motion would strengthen both the inner and outer neck muscles. It is very necessary that the mouth is opened widely, and this activity can be done anytime of the day.
  3. Chewing: The third exercise that is helpful to get relief from sleep disorders is chewing. You can fix your throat by chewing the tip of a pencil.  You don't have to bite the pencil, and you just need to fix your throat muscles to make certain that your airway is clear.
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Popular Questions & Answers

How do I stop snoring. My age is 22 years so I want some home remedies that I could do to stop my snoring problem.

DNB (Respiratory disease), Fellowship Bronchoscopy, MBBS
Pulmonologist, Ahmedabad
u may try lateral position while sleeping this may help u.. if u are over weight then watch ur weight

I HAVE SNORING PROBLEM IN HUGE SNORING Suggest me some home remedies Or any fast treatment.

Ayurveda, Bangalore
Hi, Please follow these tips to stop snoring: - Reduce your weight if you are obese. - Perform pranayama (breathing exercises) everyday. - Quit smoking which irritates the mucosal layer of the nose and throat and causes blockage and results in snoring. - Quit alcohol and sedatives which relax the throat muscles and results in snoring. - Sleep on sides instead on back. - Elevate the head by using a thick pillow which eases the breathing. - Clear the nose before going to bed. - Establish regular sleep pattern. - Keep the bedroom air moist by using humidifier; as dry air irritates the mucosal membrane in the nose and throat. - Perform throat exercises like repeating the vowels a, e, i, o, you loudly for 2-3 mins few times a day or keeping the tongue behind the teeth and moving it backwards - 3-4 times a day. - Anti snoring appliances can also be used.
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How to get relieve from snoring? Please give solution. Natural way shall be preferred first.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Zirakpur
Deep breathing, pranayam and less food. Means light Satvic food in lesser qty. I suggest you to get nasal anti snoring oil prepared specially. If it responds slightest, pl continue it for six months. But it's pungent

He snore a lot while sleeping is there any problem will arise due to this, will it affect to heart or its due to aging ,is daily exercise is ok or have to do any thing more, any homemade solution is there?

BAMS, MD Ayurveda
Sexologist, Navi Mumbai
As per your concern i would suggest you to do following remedy 1. Take 1 glass warm water 2. Crush some cardamom seeds to get ½ tsp cardamom powder 3. Add it to the water 4. Mix well 5. Consume every day at bedtime Causes: • During sleep, muscles in the mouth relax • At times, the tongue falls back • This obstructs the passage of air which leads to snoring • External factors which cause snoring are: o Physical exertion o Consuming alcohol o Certain medicines surely you will get results
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Is snoring is a disease? How we can prevent snoring while sleeping? Any medication? Natural therapy?

Ayurveda, Bangalore
Hi, snoring is not a disease. Snoring occurs when a person is not able to move the air through the nose and throat while sleeping. As a result, the air vibrates the surrounding tissues and causes snoring sound. Please follow these tips to stop snoring: - reduce your weight if you are obese. - perform pranayama (breathing exercises) everyday. - quit smoking which irritates the mucosal layer of the nose and throat and causes blockage and results in snoring. - quit alcohol and sedatives which relax the throat muscles and results in snoring. - sleep on sides instead on back. - elevate the head by using a thick pillow which eases the breathing. - clear the nose before going to bed. - establish regular sleep pattern. - keep the bedroom air moist by using humidifier; as dry air irritates the mucosal membrane in the nose and throat. - perform throat exercises like repeating the vowels a, e, i, o, you loudly for 2-3 mins few times a day or keeping the tongue behind the teeth and moving it backwards - 3-4 times a day. - anti snoring appliances can also be used.
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What is the remedy about?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-remedy guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
Are the results of the remedy permanent?
Is there any training or experts required?
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