A wide variety of all-natural snoring solutions can be found in most grocery stores and pharmacies. Of those available, many utilize several ingredients in an attempt to prevent snoring.

However, can they really be compared to a top quality mouthpiece? The answer and the facts are below.

Homeopathic Remedy Overview

homeopathy Homeopathic snoring solutions come in several forms. Pills, throat sprays, and nasal sprays are all widely available. Many individual ingredients are used in different combinations, so it would be difficult to cover each one. Instead it is easier to explain the main properties of the ingredients most frequently used.

Typically this kind of snoring solutions is formulated around a natural mucolytic. The purpose of a mucolytic agent is to loosen and reduce the total amount of mucus present. Mucus has been known to cause snoring for some, but it is not one of the most common causes.

For the most part, homeopathic remedies also contain some or all of the following: anti-inflammatory agents, anti-histamines, and decongestants. Anti-inflammatory agents work to reduce swelling anywhere in the body, but in this case swelling in the structures of the throat is the main priority. Anti-histamines are used to lessen the severity of allergic reactions. They are commonly used to treat seasonal allergies. Decongestants help to reduce any feelings of congestion as well as helping to remove mucus from the body.

There is a reason that this kind of solution comes in so many different forms. That is because of the concept of local and systemic effects. Local effects are intended to only affect a certain area of the body where a substance is applied. Systemic effects affect the entire body. Usually this is due to a substance being ingested or eaten. Once ingested it must survive the digestive tract in order to make it into the blood stream as the intended molecule. Pills are an example of a snoring solution that is used systemically, while sprays are an example of local use. Which method is better has often been debated, but it seems that in this case local solutions have an advantage.

Strengths And Weaknesses Of Homeopathic Solutions

Unfortunately, homeopathic remedies have few positive qualities in this case. Perhaps their level of effectiveness prevents any positive qualities from being seen. However, the fact is that many of them simply do not work.

This may be due to the nature of the ingredients and the lack of information when it comes to effective doses of each ingredient. On a positive note, this kind of solution is often very inexpensive. Usually a month’s supply can be purchased for well under $20.

Direct Comparison to Mouthpieces

stop-snoring-mouthpieceTo directly compare any two snoring solutions, price, safety, effectiveness, comfort, and time needed to see results all need to be considered. Homeopathic remedies seem inexpensive at first. The cost adds up over time though. Within a year of using the average homeopathic product the cost will have exceeded that of an oral device.

Safety is not much of a concern for either of these solutions. They are both safe when used correctly. However, it is worth noting that many ingredients found in homeopathic remedies have not been formally studied.

When it comes to effectiveness, the anti-snoring mouthpiece is always the best. It rivals and sometimes exceeds results seen with CPAP use. All-natural products cannot compete in this area.

Since that is the case, the time needed to see results is difficult to compare. A high quality oral device will work the very first night while homeopathic products may take mere minutes or several weeks, if they work at all.

Conclusion

All-natural snoring solutions are a good idea; they just have a lot of room for improvement when it comes to their success rate. At the time of this writing there is not a well-known homeopathic product that works well.

On the other hand, anti-snoring mouthpieces are effective for the vast majority of users. They may be more costly, but they will have a much greater positive impact on your health. Oral devices are being recommended more and more as they continue to be improved. The clear choice for any snorer seeking the best solution available is a stop snoring mouth guard.

early-birdWhile no one quite agrees on exactly how much sleep a person needs, most will agree that the correct amount tends to be somewhere between 7-9 hours per night, and may vary based on the individual.  In fact, our individuality plays a large role in determining our sleeping habits.

For example, you may have heard the terms “early bird” and “night owl” before.  An early bird (also called a “lark” or a “morning person”) is a person who naturally gets up early every day and tends to go to bed earlier than others in the evening.  They tend to have the most energy early in the day.

A night owl (also called an “evening person”) is the opposite.  This person usually tends to stay up late and may prefer to sleep in in the morning.  They also feel most energetic and productive in the evening.

Differences in circadian timing between people may be responsible for these preferences.  The circadian rhythm refers to the biological process that repeats on an approximately 24 hour scale.  As it relates to sleep, the circadian rhythm is influenced by light and darkness (for example, the body produces melatonin, a sleep hormone, in a dark environment).

While the sleep schedule can be adjusted (for example, if someone gets a job working the night shift, they would have to adjust their sleeping schedule so they could be awake for their job in the evening), these natural tendencies remain.  In fact, it has been suggested that night owls are more suited for evening work, whereas morning people are more suited for a standard work schedule.

If you want to get yourself on another sleep schedule (for example, maybe you’ve gotten in the habit of staying up later than you’d like and you want to try to start going to bed and getting up earlier, there are few things you can try.

First, avoid stimulating activities close to bedtime, which includes consumption of caffeine.  Make sure your bedroom is a comfortable temperature for sleep, that it is very dark, and quiet.  Plan for 7-9 hours of sleep, and get up at the time you want to get up, even if you still feel tired in the morning.

Sleeping in just because you’re tired will just help repeat the cycle of staying up later than you want.

If your bedroom does not naturally allow for light (perhaps you have dark curtains, or your bedroom doesn’t have windows because it is a central room), you may also find bright light beneficial to help you wake up in the morning.  You can use a light on a timer to help expose yourself to light at the appropriate time.