Can a lamp cure my snor­ing?

First For Women - - Health -

Q: Lately I’ve been wak­ing up tired and drag­ging all day. When I men­tioned it to my hus­band, he said

I’ve been snor­ing more than usual. I read on­line that Hi­malayan salt lamps can help. Do they work?

A: As beau­ti­ful as they are, there is re­ally no ev­i­dence that Hi­malayan salt lamps do much be­sides pro­vid­ing a calm­ing glow to help set a sleep­y­time mood. That said, salt can help you side­step night­time snor­ing in a nightly nasal rinse. Run­ning salty wa­ter through the nasal cav­i­ties gen­tly washes pollen, dust and other ir­ri­tants off the mu­cous mem­branes and soothes swollen nasal pas­sages to pre­vent con­ges­tion and ir­ri­ta­tion that can cause snor­ing. To get the ben­e­fits, mix 1⁄2 tsp. of non-iodized salt into 1 cup of dis­tilled wa­ter and flush your si­nuses with a neti pot be­fore bed.

If your snor­ing per­sists de­spite adding a nasal rinse be­fore bed, please see your doc­tor, as sleep ap­nea is a se­ri­ous con­di­tion that con­trib­utes to an in­creased risk of de­pres­sion, high blood pres­sure and mem­ory loss. Cindy Geyer, M.D., is the Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor at Canyon Ranch Well­ness Re­sort in Lenox, Mas­sachusetts, and a fac­ulty mem­ber at The Cen­ter for Mind-Body Medicine in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. To ask her a ques­tion, send an email to health@first­for­women.com.

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