Acupuncture for Snoring – A Natural Remedy for Good Sleep

Finding the right acupuncture and acupressure points can help you stop snoring and get good sleep. Acupuncture is a natural remedy for snoring because it unblocks Qi, clears nasal passages, and removes irritants that cause snoring. Here’s what acupuncture is, what acupuncturists do, and how this natural remedy for snoring works.

acupressure for snoringIf you’re not certain about acupuncture for snoring, check out the Acupressure Mat and Pillow Set. Acupressure points can help relieve the same Qi blockages, and might be a simpler solution for snoring than going to an acupuncturist.

Research has shown that acupressure therapy helps people fall asleep fast and stay sleeping all night. Finding the right acupressure points also increases sleep efficiency and slow wave sleep, which helps us get a good night’s sleep. However, acupuncture is different than acupressure – my husband tried acupuncture for a different health issue a few years ago. He didn’t snore during the time he was going to the acupuncturist – but I suspect that was because he simply didn’t snore back then! Now that we know how effective acupuncture for snoring is, it might be time to revisit the acupuncturist…

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that has been practiced for centuries. It’s based on the theory that energy called Qi flows through and around your body along pathways called meridians. Acupuncturists believe that illness – or health issues such as snoring – occur when something blocks or unbalances your Qi. Acupuncture for snoring simply unblocks or influences Qi, and helps it flow back into balance. Acupuncture also improves and regulates the immune system, which improves overall health.

Acupuncturists put very thin needles into your skin at certain points on your body. This is done to influence the energy flow. Sometimes heat, pressure, or mild electrical current is used along with needles. Before an acupuncture session for snoring, your provider will give you an exam and ask questions about your sleep habits, snoring tendencies, and your overall health.

Then, the acupuncturist will look for acupuncture points on your body to access the blocked Qi that is blocked or not flowing right. Each of the points relates to certain health problems or body functions. The acupuncturist will quickly tap several very thin needles into your skin. Some needles may be placed deeper into acupuncture points than others, depending on what the acupuncturist believes is needed to restore the flow of Qi and help you stop snoring.

Does acupuncture hurt?

No. My husband was a little nervous about going to an acupuncturist, but he said the sessions were extremely relaxing. His sessions were an hour long, and he went six times. I’ll ask him to comment below, and share his experience with acupuncture.

Whether or not acupuncture will help you stop snoring depends on why you snore. Hormones are a cause of snoring, and acupuncture won’t help with that. If you snore because of a structural problem related to your tongue slipping to the back of your throat when you sleep, then acupuncture won’t be as effective. Acupuncture for snoring works best when the snores are caused by blockages in the body that may due to things like allergies or nasal congestion.

How Acupuncture Helps People Stop Snoring

I interviewed a couple of acupuncturists to learn how they help people who snore. If you have questions about acupuncture points, cost, or anything related to this natural remedy, I encourage you to call an acupuncturist in your area. Get a free consultation – most acupuncturists offer an initial visit for free.

Stimulating acupuncture points can treat sinusitis and allergic reactions

“I’ve treated clients with sinusitis caused by allergic reactions with good results,” says acupuncturist and herbalist Nancy Winlove-Smith. ” If the source of the snoring is an obstructed nasal passage due to chronic sinusitis, acupuncture can effectively help snoring.  Many people have chronic nasal congestion due to allergies; acupuncture could relieve and even reverse the condition.  When the nasal cavity is constantly obstructed by edema (the by-product of inflammation), the tissue is starved of oxygen and nutrients and becomes dysfunctional.  Acupuncture dilates blood vessels, allowing oxygen and nutrients in to help support and repair the tissue. Acupuncture also allows edema to enter into the lymphatic system to be removed. Voila: reduced congestion!”

Acupuncture stops snoring by opening blocked nasal passages

“Acupuncture can help open nasal passages for patients who have chronic allergies, and help re-establish balance within the systems of energy in the body,” says licensed acupuncturist Beth Kohn of the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI.

Acupuncture for Snoring – A Natural Remedy for Sound Sleep

Acupuncture for Snoring – A Natural Remedy for Sound Sleep

“To help people stop snoring, I recommend a daily sinus wash using warm water, epsom salt and perhaps a diluted grapefruit seed extract solution. I may use traditional Chinese herbal remedies to help balance the underlying patterns related to the chronic inflammation. I also review their diets to see if decreasing certain mucus producing foods (eg, dairy products and others) helps improve their health.”

Acupuncture removes environmental irritants that cause snoring

“Sinuses can swell as a result of environmental irritants,” says Kohn. “Some people also have odd shaped sinuses which don’t allow for proper drainage, thus causing recurrent infections. Also if their diet is rich in mucus producing foods, they may also have issues with chronic sinus problems. For more serious issues related to sinues (eg, polyps, etc) they should see their doctor or a specialist, such as an Ear Nose and Throat Specialist (ENT).”

Finding the right acupuncture points can decrease nasal mucus

“Anything that blocks the air flow can cause the vibration that is snoring,” says licensed acupuncturist Ruth Krill, founder of Arlington Acupuncture and Wellness in Arlington, MA. “Sinusitis, for instance, is the inflammation of the sinuses that blocks the narrow channels connecting the sinuses to the nose. The mucus cannot drain properly and can easily become infected. The inflammation is usually the result of the common cold.  People with low immunity get frequent colds that can cause recurrent sinusitis. Acupuncture works for snoring by improving the circulation in the nasal cavities, allowing the body to heal itself quicker.”

Acupuncture unblocks and restores Qi balance

“Qi Deficiency is having a weakened immune system that over-responds to everything,” says licensed acupuncturist Becca Seitz, of To The Point Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic in Portland, OR. “The swelling associated with sinusitis or allergies is created by two mecanisms: either a blockage of the normal flow of Qi due to Qi Deficiency or Wind Invasion (think of it as a traffic jam on the freeway), or heat in the nose, drying the nasal tissues.”

If you haven’t tried acupuncture for snoring, what holds you back? For me, it might be the cost. I’m not sure if our health care insurances covers acupuncture…but if it did, I’d try it!

Source: Acupressure therapy for insomnia in adolescents: a polysomnographic study in Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment.The purpose of the study was to assess the efficacy of acupressure therapy in a sample of adolescents with insomnia using a standard polysomnographic evaluation.


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30 thoughts on “Acupuncture for Snoring – A Natural Remedy for Good Sleep”

  1. Great post on Home Remedies for snoring.. My husband has been suffering from snoring and has tried numerous home remedies…Never knew that acupuncture would also help…Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge..

  2. Michael Anderson

    Thank you for this information on acupuncture for snoring. I will try it, because my tendency to snore is keeping my wife up all night. Finding a good acupuncturist shouldn’t be hard to do, as most of my family believes in naturopathic doctors and healing. This article on how acupuncture stops snoring is confirmation that I should try it.

  3. Since I wrote this article on acupuncture for snoring, I’ve been to two acupuncturists. The second one was AWESOME — Richard Zhang at Avita Health in North Vancouver. I didn’t go for snoring, I wanted to try acupuncture for my foot pain (bunion). It worked – I’ve been painfree for 1.5 weeks. I’m going back to that acupuncturist in a couple of days, because the treatment felt so great :-)

    Acupuncture is safe, so the only thing you have to lose is money. And if you have extended health insurance, you won’t even have to pay for the treatment. Try it for snoring.

  4. I was thinking of trying acupuncture for snoring, but I wasn’t sure if I should. it sounds like a good thing to try if you don’t want to get a snoring mouthguard. I don’t want to sleep with anything around my chin or mouth. Maybe I’ll try seeing an acupuncturist.

  5. Corinne Rodrigues

    I don’t have a problem sleeping or snoring, Laurie, but I’ve been tentative about having acupuncture done for other ailments. Your article helps to overcome those fears.
    I’m sharing your post with someone I know who has problems sleeping.

  6. Thanks for your comments – and for such a beautiful description of what acupuncture for snoring feels like, Bruce! That was awesome. My writerly skills must be rubbing off on you :-)

    Acupuncture is a healthy, natural possible way to stop snoring. It’s definitely worth a try — it can’t hurt! My only obstacle would be the cost.

  7. If only you knew how many times I slept downstairs because the snoring my partner does gets so loud, it wakes me from a deep sleep.

    As the years go by, I am noticing this nightly habit turning into a LOUDER problem than usual. I’ve told the partner time and again — if there was anything that would make me move out of the bedroom permanently, it’s his snoring.

    I hate it when I’m right. :(

  8. My experience with acupuncture was enjoyable. As Laurie said in the article, I went for six sessions, each about an hour long. I would strip down and lay on a comfortable table awaiting the acupuncturist. The lighting was low with a candle burning, light oriental music with ocean sounds in the background and a fresh fragrance in the air. The needles were just slightly noticeable as a slight prick. The couple times I had needles in my head they were a bit more noticeable but by no means painful. Inserting the needles took only a couple minutes and then I would relax and enjoy the hour. I would do it again.

  9. Thanks for a good explanation of the why and how of acupuncture for snoring, Laurie! I have covered the topic from a Western medicine perspective for medical clients, and it’s good to see a less invasive approach! — B.

  10. Thanks for your comments, Paul! It’s good to know that acupuncture is a natural remedy for people who can’t sleep. My husband had acupuncture treatments, and said it was the most relaxing thing he’s ever done. For me, it’s massage :-)

  11. I agree with the article. In my clinic in Melbourne Australia I’ll often treat snoring with acupuncture, herbal medicine and lifestyle advise with good results. Often a poor diet and stress underlying the problem, predisposing the person to allergies, colds, phlegm etc.

    Chinese medicine aims to clear the sinuses and the root cause of the problem.


  12. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    My husband went to a few acupuncture sessions, but that was before he started snoring. It was for a different health issue. Now, I’m wondering if he should go back to the acupuncturist and see if it helps with his snoring!

  13. My dad is an acupuncturist, and one of his favorite things to “cure” is snoring. Acupuncture really helps clear nasal airways, but it depends on why the person is snoring.

  14. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    I agree — support groups to give up smoking is a great way to quit! Finding natural remedies such as acupuncture for things like smoking or snoring is good, too. Sometime we need a combination of things to get where we need to go!

  15. I almost never hear people talk about support groups to give up smoking. Places such as stop smoking message boards can help you to stop without other methods whatsoever. Get an urge, simply create a thread and get support. It really helps! Just try it, you will be surprised the amount of users would attempt to help you.

  16. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Acupuncture for snoring isn’t just a good way to get a better night’s sleep — acupuncture is one of the best natural ways to relax!

  17. Now, I’ve never had acupuncture before, I’ve always been wary of it since I’ve never got the fact that poking/piercing someone with needles contributes to your health.

    However, it is something I am curious about.

  18. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    I think any remedy for snoring — natural or not — depends on the reason for the snoring. Acupuncture is worth trying because it’s been proven to be relaxing and restorative…though I don’t know if they’ve studied the effects of acupuncture on snoring or sleep.

  19. If acupuncture works to reprogram muscle & tissue activity then yeah , it might work. Snoring is a lot to do with jaw position and airway restriction.

  20. i have been suffering from sinusitis for so many years and i can only relieve the stuffiness of the nose by means of decongestants.:*~

  21. I wouldn’t have thought that acupuncture could help with snoring, but I suppose if you’re on the receiving end of the spectrum, that you would try anything to get some rest.

  22. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Thanks for your tip, arthritisguy! I didn’t know that acupuncture was good for snoring before I wrote this article…nor did I know that it’s good for other common ailments.

  23. Acupuncture is really a good alternative medicine technique for common ailments such as allergies, minor headaches and pains. I have been practicing acupuncture for 4 years now.

  24. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Since there aren’t any negative side effects to acupuncture (that I know of), then it’s definitely worth a try to as a way to stop snoring! Worse case scenario is that it doesn’t work, and he feels relaxed and happy…

  25. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Thanks for your comment! My husband did a few sessions of acupuncture, and said it made him feel incredibly relaxed. He didn’t have any problems like migraines or snoring, though.

    I’ve always wanted to try it, but have no real reason to justify the expense…though I imagine some acupuncturists are less expensive than others.

  26. i am always astonished how Acupunture helps in dealing with my migraine. it works wonders on other diseases like anxiety and allergy.

  27. Here’s another tip for stopping snoring with acupuncture treatments, from Eunice Kan, a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist in Burlingame, CA.

    “Snoring can be caused by obstructed nasal passages, sinusitis, or allergies – and it’s important to find a remedy that treats the underlying cause,” she says. “If snoring is caused by sinusitis, the tissues in the nasal passages become inflamed. Phlegm can get stuck, obstruct the airway, and lead to snoring.”

    Kan explains that acupuncture can help snoring by reducing inflammation and draining nasal congestion. “When you have clear nasal passages, you breathe better.”