This is a common complaint. Some folks snore every time they fall asleep, while others only snore occasionally. Basically, everyone snores at some time in their sleep.
Snoring, as you know, can be anything from a gurgled throat sounds to something short of a real rip-roaring chain sawing!
Well, it depends, it depends on many things. The sound is usually generated from the soft palate in the back of the mouth vibrating as air is taken in (inhaled) or exhaled. Another generation of snoring can occur if your tongue is involved.
Some folks only snore on inhalation, others during exhalation and yet others it doesn’t matter – they just snore. In many cases it can be a positioning of your head and neck while sleeping.
For some their whole body, if they are a ‘back’ sleeper and if they then sleep on their sides, they don’t snore. Again, some folks snore even while lying on their sides.
The restriction of the airway can make it difficult for air to move freely in our nose and throat as we sleep. What though, is causing the restriction of the airway?
Some folks have a snoring problem only during allergy episodes when they suffer from seasonal rhinitis.
Then there is the case of very dry air or very humid air. Dry air seems to be worse for some folks. Simply set up a humidifier in your bedroom.
But in humid climates, where mold can be a factor, you might have a few nights of snoring until you get the humidity under control and likewise the mold spores.
We must not forget there is a more likely chance of snoring before, during and after having an upper respiratory infection. Don’t rule out sinus infections and sinus drainage.
Suffer from indigestion, heartburn or other stomach or digestive problems? This can also irritate the throat and soft palate and this irritation might set you off snoring too.
It is not uncommon for folks to begin to snore as they put on a few pounds. Being overweight can be a factor not only for snoring but also sleep apnea.
The worse scenario would be an abnormality caused by a swelling of the throat such as goiter or other thyroid problem, or a growth such as a tumor or cancer.
If you can’t figure it out from the common causes above, then by all means, please consult a physician to make sure you aren’t dealing with something more serious than allergies, recovering from a cold or positioning.
Once you have figured out the cause, then you might be able to use some of the suggested essential oils to help reduce the amount of snoring.
Since often times there might not be any real evidence, then we just have folks try a few different essential oils or blends. Give each one 3-5 nights trial, and ask your partner to document if any of them worked better for you.
You might want to consider just trying a few of our premixed blends, since the synergistic power of essential oils may offer you more of an option, especially if you aren’t quite sure what is causing the snoring.
You can diffuse them in the air – if both of you are having snoring issues. If it is just one of you, then you might want to use a Personal diffuser or an Inhaler. It depends on who is in the bedroom and if both of you want to use aromatherapy.
You would inhale the essential oils or blends a few minutes before bedtime – 3-5 inhalations (see our ‘How to use and Inhaler article). Or just put on a cotton ball and sniff from that.
Our suggested starting Synergy Blends would be Respiratory or Easy Breathe. Both of these have essential oils that help with inflammation and possible infections.
Otherwise here is a recipe below that might work for you, too.
* could help snoring to be diminished or cease.
Pine needle - 6 drops
Myrtle - 5 drops
Eucalyptus - 3 drops
Bay laurel - 3 drops
Grapefruit - 2 drops
Marjoram - 2 drops
Emulsifer - 5 ml (or 1 teaspoon)
Room Spray Base - 8 oz
Mix the essential oils with the emulsifier and then add to the Room Spray Base. Shake well and spray in the bedroom 15-30 minutes prior to retiring.
As an alternative you can use this same blend in any diffuser.
Or if for a single person, blend this together then use in a diffuser (Terra Cotta Disc) near the person that is the snorer.
Or you can also put 8-10 drops in 1 tablespoon of a carrier – oil or lotion. Mix well and rub on chest and neck. (Use only small amounts – 1 tablespoon should last several nights. 3-5 applications or more)
Always test a small area and amount on your skin for 24 hours before applying larger area/amounts.
Lavender – 8 drops
Marjoram – 4 drops
Lemon – 3 drops Carrier oil – 2 oz
Blend all together in a small PET bottle and rub a small amount on chest and throat before bedtime.
Some folks find that massaging essential oil blended with a carrier oil onto the bottom of the feet helps especially if you do not like the smell of some of the blends.
When you massage it into the bottom of your feet the body will slowly absorb the essential oils for several hours.
There is no way to know for sure if this will be more effective than using it on your chest. Give each place a try and see which one gives you better results.
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