Snoring and sleep apnea affects millions of Americans. 50 years ago if you had gone to the doctor with the condition, most would have looked at your double chin and the extra layer of fat on your neck and suggested that you get some exercise and attain a healthy level of fitness. CPAP Cleaners
Today most are sent for sleep studies and after one or two of those they get a prescription for a CPAP machine. I have talked to equal numbers of folks who claim the process works and those who have parked the machine in their closets after a few months. Snoring and apnea are not the funny conditions as depicted in movies and cartoons. Rather they can cause illness like high blood pressure, and they can even cause death. Point is they should not be taken lightly. That said, to those whose CPAP machines are in the closet after spending thousands on testing and the machine, what is to be done?
Snoring is most often caused when your mouth and throat relaxes as you go to sleep. The air passage partially closes (snoring) or completely closes (apnea). If it completely closes your body typically will jerk you awake as you catch your breath. Both conditions lead to poor quality rest and the real possibility that your quality of life suffers as you go through your days too tired to function the way you once did. This feeds the cycle down as a less active you puts on more weight thus causing more problems for yourself.
A natural cure for all of this was practiced in former days: get in healthy shape, and do something about your throat and mouth muscles.
Did you know that singers rarely get these conditions? Muscles of the throat, mouth and tongue are exercised during singing. So singing or exercises that affect the same muscles that singing does can help you. These exercises are simple, for example:
- Start by lining up your upper and lower molars and put them together, very lightly.
- Now imagine your molars are like a hinge (similar to your door). Lower your jaw while keeping your molars together and your lips closed. Open and close your lower jaw about 20 times, repeat daily.
There are many similar exercises that can help you and you should learn them.
As with many conditions snoring turns out to be easily addressed by natural means. Get yourself to a healthy level of fitness by exercise and good diet. It really can be that simple. Do what your dads or granddads doctor would have told you in a no-nonsense way: stop eating all that junk, get off your butt and get fit. And while you do that, use exercises to strengthen your throat, mouth, and tongue.