Did you know that snoring is a sign that something is wrong in your body just like a fever? While so many people consider snoring as normal, sleep physicians now say that snoring is not something to ignore as it could be a sign of a bigger health issue.
Snoring happens when your nasal passage is partially blocked, and this can be caused by sinuses, medication, obesity or chronic illness.
Humidifier as a Snoring Solution
If there is nothing medically wrong, snoring can be because of your indoor air quality. Snoring can occur if you have dry mouth, which typically happens if you have a cold or the air in your environment is very dry. Dry air is full of allergens that irritate the throat, causing it to swell and block air – especially for people who are allergic. If the cause of your snoring is allergies and dry air, the best solution would be to increase the moisture in your environment.
There are several ways to tell if the air in your room is too dry such as dry skin, dry mouth, cracking voice in the morning, nosebleeds and coughing. Using a humidifier with two drops of peppermint or eucalyptus oil will not only improve your breathing by 40%, but you will also notice your skin and hair changing for the better.
Other Health Benefits of a Humidifier
- Keep your skin soft and supple. If you wake up with chapped or cracked skin and lips even after moisturizing, increasing moisture in your room can help cure that problem as well as improve dullness, wrinkles and flaking.
- Keep your hair healthy. Dry hair is very flaky and looks unhealthy. On top of oiling it daily, adding moisture in the air will help to maintain the environment healthy enough for your hair.
- Prevent sinus congestion and coughing. Dry air causes frequent colds and congestion which can also lead to nosebleeds. Adding moisture into your environment will lubricate your nasal passage and throat, so bacteria and viruses will have a tough time passing.
- Prevent snoring caused by dry mouth and inflamed throat. If you do not have a blocked nose, throat or inflamed sinuses, air can pass through freely, and this will reduce snoring significantly.
While many places experience dry air during winter due to heating facilities, other people are suffering from too much moisture in the air. Excessive moisture is also not good and can also irritate the throat causing snoring and coughing.
Optimal humidity levels are between 30-50% because having too much or little is harmful to your health. A dehumidifier will help to reduce the amount of moisture in your room so that you will not have mold, bacteria, dust mites and other allergens.
Other Health Benefits of Dehumidifier
- Discourage growth of dust mites, mold, and mildew that cause itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing, asthma, snoring and skin rashes.
- Save energy cost because it removes moisture so that the AC will work more efficiently.
When Air Quality Alone Will Not Help
Improving your indoor air quality will go a long way in reducing snoring, but it is not the ultimate cure. Many other factors contribute to snoring such as smoking, a dusty room which irritate the throat or too much weight which blocks the air passage. A doctor will be able to diagnose why you are snoring by doing a series of tests so that the annoying symptom can be cured completely.
Your doctor will explore options like sleep apnea and asthma which are dangerous and need proper management. If the problem is medical, your doctor will prescribe solutions such as Positive Airway Pressure, nasal drips, surgery or anti-snoring pills.
Simple changes like sleeping on your side, not drinking alcohol at night and having a clean, dust-free room will also actually help reduce snoring. You can try a combination of these measures – including adding or removing moisture in the air depending on your case – and ask your partner to tell you if the snoring is improving.