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Stop Snoring--Why Snoring Is a Risk to Your Overall Health
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last updated November 26, 2008, (May 29, 2009)

By Susan M. Callahan,  Health Editor and Featured Columnist at
collectivewizdom.com (parts of this article orginally on collectivewizdom.
com and are reprinted here with permission)

Snoring is one of the most important health crises in the world today.  Why
do we call it a crisis?  Isn't snoring just an inconvenience? An annoyance to
our husbands, wives and bed partners but surely nothing more than that?  
Snoring, it turns out, is one of the single best indicators of your risk for
suffering a life-changing illness.  Why?

Snoring problems are a threat to your overall health because

  • Snoring has been strongly linked to stroke. Snorers face a 67%
    increased risk of suffering a stroke
  • Snoring diminishes the oxygen that reaches the brain
  • Snoring is a leading cause of sleep apnea, a condition in which you stop
    breathing during sleep, which can range in severity from a few
    episodes of breathing stoppage to over 300 breathing stoppages a night
  • Snoring affects the quality of the sleep of the snorer but also the
    quality of the sleep of your bed partner. Over time, poor sleep quality
    raises your risk of heart attack
  • Child snoring has been linked to sudden infant death syndromes (SIDS)

We have scoured research reports and published studies to amass the most
credible natural remedies to stop snoring and snoring treatments and aids.
Some of these have been used as snoring cures for centuries. Others have
just come to light recently. If you are not a snorer but your husband snores,
your wife snores or you sleep with or near someone who is a snorer, please
do everything you can to help them stop. You may be helping them to avoid
a life-altering stroke. You can also use these remedies to prevent snoring.  
We will update this information as newer methods are discovered and
proved effective.

























Sleep on Your Side.  Studies of snorers have shown that most snorers sleep
on their backs. Sleeping on your side can help reduce snoring.  But how do
you avoid sleeping on your back?   Try putting an object such as a pillow or
a tennis ball in a sock pinned to your shirt behind your back. When you roll
over on your back, you will become uncomfortable, forcing you to turn
over. After a while, you will find that you sleep less and less on your back.

Raise Your Head.  Adding height will open the throat more, reducing
snoring. Use an extra pillow or a thicker one.

Reduce the Amount of Milk You Drink.  Milk causes snoring or increases
snoring in many people. Dairy products are believed to increase the mucous
in your throat and nasal passages in people who are allergic to milk. While
some sources debate milk's role in producing mucous, according to a report
published by the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology
Committee on Adverse Reactions to Food (part of the National Institutes
of Health), the allergies of up to one third of children tested cleared after
milk was removed from their diet. No less an authority than Dr. Benjamin
Spock, author of the most-quoted book on childcare, Baby and Child Care,
wrote in 1998, "Cow’s milk is not recommended for a child when he is
sick—or when he is well, for that matter. Dairy products may cause more
mucus complications and cause more discomfort with upper respiratory
infections."

In their book Allergies to Milk, Drs. Sami L. Bahna and Douglas C. Heiner
report that children who are allergic to milk "may have breathing
difficulty, particularly during sleep, or an irritating cough associated with a
postnasal drip. … The cough is frequently associated with noisy breathing
and excessive mucus in the throat, and sometimes parents worry that their
child is ‘gagging.’ … Such affected children are frequently diagnosed as
having upper respiratory infection, viral illness, bronchitis, … or
pneumonia. Accordingly, they may be given unnecessary medications,
including cough syrups, decongestants, or antibiotics. Relief, however, is
not satisfactory until cow’s milk is eliminated from the diet."

So, while the debate about milk and its role in producing congestion rages
on, it's better to be safe than sorry. Eliminating milk may decrease
congestion and therefore snoring. Night time congestion is not only a
leading cause of snoring but also, it may surprise you, is the principal cause
of dark circles under the eyes, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Check Your Tonsils. Another common cause of snoring in children are
enlarged tonsils. This is especially true for children under the age of 3.  
However, there are other causes that are equally as important and need
treatment. If your child has any period of  apnea (periods of not breathing),
this can be serious. Do not let any pediatrician tell you otherwise.  Please
see another doctor, or asked to be referred to an otolaryngologist (an
ENT).


Lose Weight.  You need clear airways to breathe. A heavy chest or heavy
throat will close more of your air space, causing snoring.
Don't drink alcoholic beverages, take sleeping pills, tranquilizers, or
antihistamines right before going to sleep, they will cause your muscles to
relax and limit your air passage way.
Recent research has linked poor sleep
to weight gain, so stopping your snoring could also help you whittle your
waist line.

Relax Your Throat with Tea and Honey.  Did you know that many opera
singers drink tea with honey to open their throats for singing? Tea and
honey also open the throat for breathing, helping to prevent snoring.

Don’t Smoke.  Smoking closes air passages, increasing snoring.
Avoid Big Meals.  That “stuffed” feeling means that you have crowded
your diaphragm, giving you less room to breathe, and increasing the
chances that you will snore.

Nasal Strips and Nasal Sprays. Yes, some of them work.  Try one at a time,
one per week until you find one that works for you.

Steam.  Anything that reduces congestion will help to reduce snoring.
Humidifiers help by reducing inflammation of your nasal passages.

Firm Pillows.  Soft pillows cause snoring or increase snoring. If your pillow
is too soft, it make cause your throat to relax too much during the night,
causing snoring. Firm pillows reduce snoring or can help reduce snoring.

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