These days, everyone is trying to sell you a snoring remedy. However, the over the counter remedies usually don’t offer much effectiveness at all. This results in spending tons of money on treatments that don’t work. Lucky for you, we can help you save yourself from spending tons of money and time on over the counter snoring remedies that don’t work. Before you purchase an over the counter treatment, we recommend these tips first.

1. Get Tested For Sleep Disorders

annoyed man covers his head and ears with a pillow while wife snores loudly next to him.
If you snore on a nightly basis, the first thing you should do is find out if you have a sleeping disorder like obstructive sleep apnea. Finding out is quite simple. All you need to do is take a sleep test which involves wearing a few wires on your body connected to a device while you sleep for two nights. The home sleep test is then sent back to a physician who will review your results and diagnose you.

2. Get Professional Sleep Apnea and Snoring Treatment

Once you receive your sleep diagnosis, you can visit a sleep dentist like ours at the Advanced Dental Sleep Treatment Center. Based on your diagnosis and our evaluation of your airway, we will recommend the best sleep apnea or snoring treatment for you. We offer a wide range of both oral appliances as well as CPAP. We will then recommend wearing your oral appliance or CPAP to bed every night for snore-less sleep.

3. Change Your Sleeping Position

After you receive your sleep apnea or snoring treatment from our sleep dentist, there are a few other steps you can take to get a better night of sleep and remain store free. One step is changing your sleep position. Sleeping on your back will worsen your snoring. This allows gravity to pull your airway narrower, which is the cause of snoring. For many casual snorers, changing to sleeping on your side is all that’s necessary to reduce or eliminate snoring.

You can start by just trying to sleep on your side, but if this isn’t working, you can sew a pocket on the back of your pajamas and put a tennis ball in it. This will keep you from sleeping on your back. For all you know, your sleeping position might contribute to your snoring.

4. Keep a Snoring Diary

Your snoring might be worse during certain times of the year or after consuming certain substances. Keeping a snoring diary can help you pinpoint what else night contribute to your snoring problem. Keep a notebook by your bed, and before going to sleep note what you ate or drank, what you did, the weather, and any other notable factors about your day or your sleep preparation.

In the morning you and your cosleeper can note your impressions of your snoring. This can help you figure out which factors may be responsible for your increase in snoring, such as seasonal factors.

5. Cut Alcohol in the Evening

Alcohol consumption in the evening makes you much more likely to snore. Alcohol further relaxes neck muscles, allowing your airway to collapse more than usual. Don’t believe us? Your snore diary will probably reveal that the more you drink at night, the more you snore.

6. Consider Getting Tested for Allergies

Allergies are a common cause of an increase in snoring. If your family has a history of allergies but you think you escaped, you may be mistaken. Even when it’s not evident during the day, it may show up at night. Your snoring diary should help clue you into what allergies might be responsible for your snoring. If it turns out that allergies are the cause of your snoring habits, you can take allergy medications and use nasal sprays to clear your sinuses for a snoreless night of sleep.

7. Increase Exercise

For people in great shape, this may not really matter. However, for most casual snorers and those who suffer from sleep apnea, a lack of fitness contributes to your condition. Although specific exercises (such as singing exercises) may help with snoring, any increase in activity level can help, especially if you manage to lose a little weight. Try to get 150 minutes of physical activity per week for the best results. This can be as simple as taking a 30-minute walk 5 days per week.

Don’t Waste Your Time On Over the Counter Snoring Remedies 

There are tons of over the counter snoring remedies that simply don’t work. With nearly half of Americans struggling with a snoring problem, you can only imagine how much money gets wasted on snoring products. One of the biggest problems with over the counter snoring remedies is that they might make snoring quieter because it’s made the underlying sleep apnea much more severe. Just because there is a lack of snoring doesn’t mean the problem has been treated. 

Some of these over the counter products include:

  • Nose strips
  • Nose dilators
  • Boil and bite oral appliances
  • Essential oils
  • Positional pillows

Sure, some of these over the counter snoring remedies might bring you some relief, but they won’t correct the real problem. They might only silence the problem which isn’t actually treating it. Oral appliances are a good solution but the boil and bite ones you find at the store don’t address your specific needs. Plus, since they’re not custom made, they’re not very comfortable. 

Snoring Remedies That Really Work 

People who experience regularly snoring should skip the ineffective remedies at the drugstore and get professional help for an effective snoring treatment.

If your snoring is accompanied by daytime sleepiness, lack of motivation, difficulty focusing, and cardiovascular conditions like high blood pressure, you may actually have a more serious problem: sleep apnea

Whether you have sleep apnea or not, we can offer you a snoring treatment in Omaha, NE that actually works and will help improve your overall health. For snoring associated with sleep apnea, we offer a wide range of oral appliances as well as CPAP. For those who only suffer from snoring, we can provide you with oral appliance designed for snoring control. Soon enough, you will enjoy a snore-free night of sleep and best of all, you’ll wake up even more refreshed and with a happier sleep partner.

To learn more about snoring solutions that really work or get referred to a doctor who can diagnose sleep apnea, please call (402) 493-4175 for an appointment at the Advanced Dental Sleep Treatment Center in Omaha.