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New Health Advice II — To heal chronic ear pain, to stop snoring

I’m not a physician (I only have a BA in Medicine and I never practiced as healer) and certainly not your physician, so I’m not giving medical advice to anyone. However, some ideas I have could be helpful — but not instead of going to the doctor when you should.

Sleeping on alternating sides may be beneficial.

Up to 10% of adults may develop chronic ear pain without infection. Most of the time doctors don’t know why and cannot cure it. The only options then become: pain “medication” or not. But I think I do know.

This insight may be used to cure it. I’m not dealing here with pain because of infection. (Physicians in the Netherlands found no difference between healing time for ear infections with or without antibiotics, but go to your doctor and hear (pardon the pun) what s/he says about this.)

If you or your GP / ENT doc can’t find a cause, try my below suggestion.

You may get a little relief from burping, better than swallowing.

But the pain is most of the time, I bet, caused by sleeping on one side. If we only sleep on our right ear, the left one drains at night, but the right one not so much. And our left ear, the left one does not drain well.

If you (or your child) can’t turn over at night, have someone turn them. If there is no one else to turn you and you sleep through the night, set an alarm for every three hours, wake up and turn on the other side.

Within days your ear pain should disappear.

This condition may be exacerbated by cigarette smoke. Get out of the smog – I wrote here and here how.

One more issue: snoring.

If someone’s snoring is stealing from your sleep time, this is what you need to know and may do to stop it.

When we sleep we do hear everything, but we try to sleep under conditions that we hear nothing new, giving our brain a chance to sort out previously heard things.

People who snore must hear themselves too, but apparently ignore this. You can tell them, most of the time even without waking them up: You are snoring, please go lie on your side.

You may also try to push the other on their side or wake them up and ask them to lie on their side.

This should help immediately.

This condition may be exacerbated by being drunk from alcohol or a terrible accumulation in sleep deprivation. In that case, they need to sleep an another room until they get sober or slept enough not to be so out when asleep. (Sleep should be unconsciousness, not coma.)

It costs nothing to sleep on your side, so no one is making any money from this so maybe therefore no one advises this.

In short: sleep on your side and alternate on which side you sleep. Live better. Live longer. Tell others.

An earlier health blog post is: here.

These opinions do not replace consulting and listening to your physicians.

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