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Acupuncture vs. Snoring

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Does your partner keep you up in the middle of the night with their snoring? Well, you’re not alone. Many couples face problems in their relationship because snoring is causing one of them to have sleeping trouble. Where one person sleeps like a bellowing rock, the other is almost sleepless. This often leads to tiredness, frustration, and resentment between couples.

According to MedlinePlus, which is a part of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, two-thirds of adults with a partner say that their partner snores (medlineplus.gov, 2016). Additionally, the partner affected by the snoring sound may lose anywhere from one to two hours of sleep per night, causing what is known as “Spousal Arousal Syndrome” in middle-aged couples (nih.gov, 2016).

A person begins to snore when they are not getting enough oxygen, which is a result of partially closed upper airways such as the nose and throat. People begin to make sounds when a person’s airway narrows, restricting oxygen from flowing freely into the lungs. The narrow passage causes the throat to vibrate, and there we have the snoring sound. Sometimes, this is caused by an enlarged tongue, enlarged tonsils, excess weight around the neck, or maybe it’s caused by allergies.

In Chicago, most of us at Progressive Acupuncture Wellness Center understand how allergies can affect a person’s sleep. We also know how snoring problems from allergies can interrupt our sleeping patterns. Yes, we can empathize with you.

Fortunately, there can be ways to treat snoring conditions. One way is with acupuncture. As a method focused on improving imbalances of energy in the body, acupuncture can be beneficial to a person’s sinuses to allow oxygen to flow freely. Call Progressive Acupuncture Wellness Center in Chicago at to schedule an appointment and see if acupuncture can help you or your partner find some relief from snoring.

Have you ever felt a plugged nose or headache and applied pressure with your fingers in the area between your eyes? Well, that area is one of the several pressure points on your face that can help relieve pressure. Acupuncture focuses on those pressure points. In the case of the snoring, acupuncture dilates the blood vessels that support the nostril tissue to reduce congestion. This can help clear the airways and reduce blockage, which may help to settle the snoring.

In Chinese medicine, many believe that a weakened qi (pronounced chee) can also weaken a person’s immune system, which contributes the swelling associated with allergies and sinus infections. However, through acupuncture, a person’s qi can be strengthened, and the root of the snoring problem has a greater chance of improving.

If you or your partner is suffering from snoring problems or sleep apnea, the acupuncturist at Progressive Acupuncture Wellness Center may be able to help. Call Progressive Acupuncture Wellness Center in Chicago at (773) 786-9119 to schedule an appointment today.

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