Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Because snoring is such a common problem, there are numerous products available, such as nasal sprays or homeopathic therapies. However, most of the products haven't been proved effective in clinical trials.

Therapies that might help ease your snoring include:

  • Playing certain musical instruments. Playing the didgeridoo, a musical instrument that produces a droning sound, may help train muscles of the upper airway and lessen daytime sleepiness. Researchers have evaluated the use of the instrument by those with obstructive sleep apnea who complained about snoring.

    Research has shown that those who played the instrument for about 25 minutes a day most days of the week experienced less daytime sleepiness — a complication of sleep apnea and snoring. However, this study was small and limited to non-obese snorers with little alcohol and drug consumption. Larger trials are needed to confirm the results.

    Another study surveyed a large sample of orchestra members and failed to find differences in obstructive sleep apnea risk between wind musicians and non-wind musicians.

    However, a different study compared instrumental groups and found participants who played double reed woodwinds, such as the oboe, bassoon and English horn, had a lower risk of obstructive sleep apnea compared to single reed instrument players and other musicians.

  • Singing. Singing may help improve muscle control of the soft palate and upper throat. One preliminary study found some decrease in snoring in participants who sang prescribed singing exercises every day for three months. These participants all began snoring as adults, had no nasal problems and were not overweight. More study of this technique is needed.
Sept. 26, 2015