When psychologists talk about the biggest marital stressors, they usually point to finances, sexual issues, kids, and in-laws. But just as big a problem for spouses is when one has a major snoring issue and one does not.
And this isn’t just a matter of unpleasant noises made during the night. Loud snoring can be harmful for both the perpetrator and the listening spouse. That’s because snoring can be a sign of deeper health issues for the one who’s doing it, while keeping the poor innocent bystander sleepless, and thus irritable and often lacking concentration, as a result.
In short: snoring is a big, and generally unrecognized, problem in many marriages.
And while those rather scary-looking contraptions for sleep apnea (the disorder that makes you involuntarily stop breathing while asleep), sticky strips to pull your breathing area wider, and sprays that are often not recommended for more than short-term use may be the “go-to” methods for most medical practitioners these days, there are actually some less invasive options out there that might just work for you or your spouse.
Believe it or not, one involves something that most of us love: a smoothie. The secret is in what you put in it, and making it both tasty and effective.
Think this might be too complicated? Not at all! Here’s what you will need in order to try this out and see if it works for you: a lemon, two apples and two carrots, and ginger root. See? A very short list of easy-to-find ingredients, available at any supermarket. Now let’s look at what to do with them.
You can use either a blender or a juicer, if you have one available. You’ll want to combine one-fourth of the lemon, and then add the other ingredients as well. (You’ll want to core the apple first to make sure seeds are removed, of course).
The secret to success is two-fold:
1) Have this smoothie daily a few hours before you typically go to sleep.
2) Make sure you drink it daily.
How does it work, you ask? By helping your own body better open up breathing passages and promote a restful night’s sleep. For example, did you know that the vitamins in both apples and carrots can help open nasal passages, while simultaneously helping you get a better night’s sleep? Ginger, a root which is known as a cure-all for everything from dizziness to nausea, also helps to alleviate nasal congestion, as do lemons, which help offer a natural cleansing for your body’s breathing apparatus.
As an added benefit, everything in this smoothie is incredibly health-promoting and low-calorie. And if you can feel better, breathe better, look better, and have a happier spouse, we’d say that’s a win-win-win-win, right?
Here’s to your best night’s sleep ever, and to many years of marital bliss.
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