I have a really hard time sleeping when someone is snoring. The funny thing is, I am a pretty big snorer myself. Thankfully I can’t hear myself snore, but when I’m sharing a hotel room or hosteling around the world, I feel kinda bad for the people in my room.
Whether you sleep with someone who snores and you want to remedy it, or you’re a snorer yourself and you want to stop snoring, you should give essential oils a try!
Simply stated, snoring is noisy breathing during sleep. Snoring is a very common problem both genders have, and it affects people of all ages. Snoring can happen intermittently or can happen all night.
Snoring is more prevalent in men and overweight people, and tends to worsen as we age.
Snoring is particularly troubling because it can prevent you from getting a propers night sleep if its bad enough. It can also really affect the person you’re sleeping beside, as they can have a tremendously difficult time falling asleep when you snore. Because sleeping is such a crucial part of our health and wellness, it’s critical to get disruptive snoring handled.
What Causes Snoring
Snoring happens when the airflow through your mouth and nose is blocked in some way. There are many ways that this airflow can be obstructed.
As you sleep, your muscles in your throat relax and your throat narrows. Your throat vibrates when you breathe in and out, which causes the snoring noise. For some people, their airways get extremely narrow, which results in very loud snoring.
In the case of sleep apnea, this is when the airway of your throat completely collapses – which is seriously dangerous – and you should see a medical professional for this specific problem. Sleep apnea can cause you to intermittently stop breathing during your sleep, wake you up during your sleep, and be straining on your heart.
Reasons for obstructed airways include having muscles in your throat that are too relaxed because of super deep sleep or natural again, having thicker throat tissues which can be a consequence of being overweight, or a long uvula narrowing the opening your airway passage – among other reasons.
Sleeping on your back can also increase your chances of snoring. Trying a different sleeping position can help.
Drinking alcohol or taking medication that relaxes you can also make you snore, since you have less control over your muscles. Also, allergies and sinus issues can promote snoring.
How Essential Oils Stop Snoring
There are a bunch of physical tools and remedies that help people stop snoring.
Essential oils are a natural way to stop snoring by remedying the problem causing snoring. For example, if you have a sinus infection that is cause you to snore, then you’ll want an essential oil that is good at decongesting you.
Essential oils have been shown to be helpful at helping snorers snore less. A few popular ways to use essential oils to stop snoring is to diffuse the oil into your room while you sleep, gargling oils before bed, taking a bath with a relaxing oil, or getting a essential oil massage before bed.
Serious cases of snoring or chronic snoring may or may not be remedied with essential oils. You may need medical advice or other tools. But if you’re looking for remedy ideas, essential oils could be right for you.
5 Best Essential Oils For Snoring & Sleep Apnea
Thyme oil is a good oil for issues related to the respiratory system, and can be great at helping you get a snoreless nights sleep.
It’s also great at fighting colds and helping to open your airways by loosening up phlegm. Thyme can help ease many symptoms that cause your airway passage to be irritated or inflamed because of its antiseptic and antispasmodic properties.
Diffusing thyme essential oil is a great way to benefit from it. You can diffuse this oil for an hour or longer as you wind down to sleep.
Eucalyptus is excellent at opening air passageways. It’s a super effective oil for ailments like the common cold and many of the symptoms associated with it.
Diffusing eucalyptus oil before bed is a great way to benefit from it. Actually, all oils on this list are great for diffusion.
If you’re looking for a different way to experience this oil, you can dilute 2 drops of this oil into 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil like jojoba oil, and apply directly on your skin. You may want to spot test on your inner arm first to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction. Use this same caution for all the oils listed here.
This oil is known for its ability to boost your respiratory system which can help you stop snoring. Marjoram oil also helps ease cold and flu symptoms. It has a warming effect that can clear up sinuses as well as long congestion.
Diffusing marjoram essential oil is a great way to experience this oil while you sleep. You can diffuse it for an hour or two as you wind down for bed. You can also simply inhale this essential oil from the bottle before you go to bed.
If you are snoring because you are stressed out or you’ve been super anxious (or are super anxious), then lavender oil should be a great choice. Lavender is extremely calming and can help you sleep better.
Lavender oil can also help decongest you which will help you breathe more fluidly as you sleep. Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils and it’s a go-to for all things relaxation. Diffusing lavender oil or creating a relaxing lavender bath is a great way to wind down if stress and anxiety is causing you to snore.
Peppermint oil is an excellent to use if you are congested from sinuses, colds, throat pain, coughs, and anything else that could cause your airways to become obstructed.
Peppermint oil naturally clears up your sinuses and allows you to breath easier so to speak. It’s unclogging effect on your nasal passageways just might be what you need if this is your main complaint. This oil is also popular for it’s ability to remedy sore throats and muscle pain.
Over to you….
What essential oils have you used to stop snoring?