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What are some home remedies for snoring?

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Some home remedies for preventing snoring include applying nasal strips, changing sleeping position and using nasal sprays. Losing weight and avoiding alcohol also help prevent snoring, according to Mayo Clinic.

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Over-the-counter nasal strips combat snoring by opening the nasal passages and making it easier to breathe through the nose. Mouth breathing often leads to snoring. This is not effective for those with sleep apnea, however, advises Mayo Clinic. Additionally, allergies often cause snoring, so nasal sprays, allergy medications and decongestants are good short-term solutions.

Sleeping on the back often causes or exacerbates snoring because it allows the tongue to fall to the back of the throat and partially obstruct breathing. Sufferers should try to sleep on their sides instead. Alternatively, sleeping with the head slightly elevated above the body may help alleviate snoring.

Snorers should avoid alcohol and any other sedatives as these substances relax the tissues in the throat. Losing weight also can help alleviate symptoms, as obese persons may have extra tissue in the throat that obstructs air passages, says Mayo Clinic.

There is some preliminary research that alternative therapies, such as singing and playing the didgeridoo for 25 minutes per day, can help, reports Mayo Clinic. The thought is these therapies train the muscles of the upper airway; however, these therapies need more research.

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