What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea can wreck your life without you even realizing it: Your airways collapse when you’re asleep leading to thunderous snoring and actual pauses in your breathing; the condition prevents you from reaching deep slumber. Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that disrupts your sleeping patterns and leaves you exhausted during the day. These are signs you might have sleep apnea.
One trick to facilitate proper airflow through your nose is to practice blowing up a balloon using deep breaths, according to the American Sleep Apnea Organization (ASAO). Try not to take the balloon out of your mouth between breaths. Repeat five times daily to improve airflow. Of course, home remedies for sleep apnea aren’t always the right fix—here are the great things that could happen when you get a CPAP machine.
A teaspoon of honey before bed may help you sleep more soundly, says Michael Breus, PhD, aka “The Sleep Doctor.” Honey has anti-inflammatory properties, which may reduce swelling around the throat area. It also helps with snoring because it acts as a lubricant for the throat. To use it in home remedies for sleep apnea, add a tablespoon of honey to a glass of warm water and drink it before going to bed. The trick, according to Dr. Breus, is to make sure you’re using raw (unpasteurized) honey. Here are 13 more snoring remedies you haven’t tried yet.