Can a lamp cure my snoring?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.