Everyone knows a snorer. According to the National Sleep Foundation, roughly 35 million American Adults are impacted by snoring on a regular basis. Snorers invest in CPAP machines to spare those around them from the nighttime noise, but they’re often uncomfortable and can cost up to $3000!
Massage Therapy can be effective in stopping snoring and promoting a better night’s sleep, but to understand why, we should first try to understand exactly why people snore.
Snoring is the result of the relaxation of neck muscles during sleep, thus causing a blockage in the upper airway. This makes the body breathe harder to get the air it needs, causing the throat muscles to vibrate and resulting in the irritating sound of snoring.
Snoring can be caused by a variety of factors including:
- Body type
- Sinus congestion
- Sleep position
Massage Therapy can particularly help with snoring when performed with the right essential oils. For example, massaging your feet with thyme oil before bed has been said to provide some relief from snoring. For snoring caused by sinus congestion, both peppermint and eucalyptus oils can help break up mucus and make it easier to breathe.
Getting massages can also help improve sleep quality for snorers and non-snorers alike; we discussed this in greater detail in our post: Massage Therapy for a Better Night’s Sleep
“Massage Therapy can help stimulate the production of oxytocin in the body, a crucial hormone to mental health, as well as the body’s main sleep hormones, melatonin, and serotonin. [It] can also increase blood flow to sore muscles and stiff joints, relaxing them to increase flexibility and range of motion.”
The best way to prevent snoring is with a healthy diet and active lifestyle, but Massage Therapy, with the right essential oils, can help you snore less, sleep more, and get the most out of your day.