Garlic and Snoring

If garlic breath is a social faux pas then snoring is worse! Many of us would like to know how to stop and have tried most of the remedies, aids and treatments you can buy over the counter.

Why Stop Snoring?

Snoring is a serious social problem - albeit usually more for the snorer's partner than the sufferer himself or herself. Snoring is usually harmless but can indicate a more serious condition such as sleep apnea. There are also some studies that suggest heavy snoring might be an indicator of increased stroke risk. Your first step should be to consult your doctor.

There are many techniques and devices you can buy to reduce or stop snoring, ranging from simple anti-snore gadgets to full-scale surgery and medical solutions. Some of these products work better than others depending on the underlying causes of your snoring. What's best for one person may be ineffective for another.

Obviously the thought of eating garlic is a lot more appealing than undergoing surgery or sleeping with a CPAP mask!

Can Garlic Help?

There's no miracle cure for snoring, not even garlic. But according to tradition the stinking rose might help some people to control their symptoms and possibly bring some relief to their partner.

It's often been said that "hot" foods like garlic, onions and horseradish can help to reduce snoring. The reason for this is probably that they help to dry up the nasal passages and airways, reducing mucus build-up and hence sinus blockage and - possibly - snoring.

If your snoring results from such sinus blockage then garlic and other "hot" foods might assist in clearing these passages with a consequent reduction in snoring.

Whether or not this will be effective for you will obviously depend on the reasons you snore in the first place. It might be worth a try after you've checked out the options with your doctor. If nothing else it's an excuse to add more garlic to your cooking!

Garlic on it's own is unlikely to cure snoring, however as apart of a holistic package of lifestyle measures it might help. Remember that even if it does reduce your symptoms then it's unlikely to address the underlying cause.

As always, if you think you have a medical problem then you should consult your doctor. Sleep apnea can be serious, possibly even life threatening.

External Links:
All About Snoring
American Sleep Apnea Association