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Stop Snoring Devices: Do They Work?

By Darlene Oakley HERWriter
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Everyone probably knows someone who snores. Everyone at some point or another has wondered if they snore, or can remember a time when they’ve been elbowed or have elbowed someone who was snoring.

“It’s estimated that approximately 30% to 50% of the US population snore at one time or another ...” (AAOMS.org) while “[o]ne in five adults has at least mild sleep apnea and one in 15 adults has at least moderate sleep apnea. OSA [obstructive sleep apnea] also affects 1% to 3% of children."

Snorers are the brunt of teasing and jokes, but in many cases snoring is something that needs to be treated.

Snoring versus Sleep Apnea

Just because a person snores, doesn’t mean they have sleep apnea. But everyone who has sleep apnea snores.

Snoring happens when air is prevented from moving freely through your nose and mouth during sleep because of a narrowing of the airway, “either from poor sleep posture or abnormalities of the soft tissues in your throat” (Helpguide.org).

Sleep apnea is when a person stops breathing while snoring. “Sleep apnea is generally defined as the presence of more than 30 apneas during a seven hour sleep. In severe cases, periods of not breathing may last for as long as 60 to 90 seconds and may recur up to 500 times a night” (AAOMS).

Both snoring and sleep apnea can affect the quality of sleep for the snorer and their family, which can affect memory and work or school performance among other things, it is in the snorer’s best interest to use an anti-snoring device to restore the quiet in their house.

Types of Snoring Devices or Remedies

The type of anti-snoring device or remedy your family doctor or dentist might suggest all depends on what is actually causing the snoring. The goal of treatment is to keep the airway open or unobstructed so that air can flow properly through the mouth and nose.

“Overall, those with mild to severe OSA [obstructive sleep apnea] have a 52% chance of being able to control their sleep apnea using an appliance. OAs [oral appliances] are on the whole less effective than CPAP but may be better accepted by patients ...” (Sleep Journal).

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EmpowHER Guest

The Simple Science behind Snoring & Sleep apnea.
-This problems arise when breathing through the nose start to be difficult,
due to weaken muscles in face and nostrils. (Check to find out of NasiVent will work for you or not.) Pull the skin of you cheeks back-wards to feel the difference in breathing.
-When breathing through the nose (upper airway) starts to be more difficult we will breathe through the mouth. (Mouth-breathing is a major health problem). When laying on the back, (Mouth open) the tongue descent and blocks the trachea. (Snoring, and Sleep Apnea occur) This problem is the cause in 85% of all snoring and Sleep apnea problems. 15% is caused due to polyps, overweight, alcohol, medicines etc. Using a nose dilator keeps the nose open for natural breathing. The new NasiVent Plus, is the most comfortable nose dilator helping you breathing the healthy way.
Still not confident? You can always try the NasiVent, as it comes with a full money back warranty. Caution: Most mouthpieces let you breathe through the mouth. The correct way of breathing is through the nose and not the mouth.
Mouth Breathing Can Cause Major Health Problems. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/184696.php
you find nasivent on Amazon.com

September 29, 2013 - 3:56pm
EmpowHER Guest

They are called cpap machines, and yes I use one and it works. Check out cpap-supply.com as they have tons of them to choose from.

May 10, 2012 - 1:47pm
Darlene Oakley HERWriter

Thank you for your suggestion.

October 21, 2011 - 12:29pm
EmpowHER Guest

The most comfortable and efficient solution
Orthoapnea ® is a revolutionary prosthesis which constitutes the most conmfortable and effective alternative for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. Intraoral splints alter the position of the mandibula, the tongue and other structures in order to guarantee the free flow of air through the upper airway avoiding the obstruction of air during the night.
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Orthoapnea® is a device joining all the improvements of nowadays methods. Lateral movement, openness and millimeter controlled progress together in one device are the key to a new generation of intraoral appliances, converting Orthoapnea® in the best proposal. The only device in the world that moves on the jaw even more when the pacient open his mouth, therefore the diameter of the airway increases.
Orthoapnea for its precise manufacture matches each patient to extraordinary levels / standards.
Orthoapnea in the only device in the world, capable of letting patiens continue with their normal lives while wearing apparatu. Orthoapnea will not stop the pacient from talking, drinking, and all kinds of movements (lateral, forward, and openness).
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October 20, 2011 - 8:03am
EmpowHER Guest

I used a NASAL SPRAY by YSNORE that helps to relief snoring by clearing the breathing passage way and lubricating the throat, tongue and tonsil area. It is a homeopathic application with cative ingredients like GINGER and YAM ROOT hwich is herbal and natural with no known side effects. It really works for me. Hope it helps other. See their website www.ysnore.com.sg

October 7, 2011 - 5:46pm
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Homeopathic remedies are clearly more used nowadays, which is a good thing for sure. Its always better to try out alternative / natural snoring solutions instead of going for the mechanical devices.


October 12, 2011 - 8:59am
Darlene Oakley HERWriter (reply to Anonymous)

I wouldn't say they're "more used", but they certainly have advantages and it's good to know of people who have used them and for whom they have worked.

But not every remedy will work for every person because it depends on the cause of the snoring at the outset. The remedies may stop the sound, but may not address the underlying issues causing the sound. Unless that is dealt with and fixed, a person will have to always use remedies when they sleep.

A remedy isn't a cure or a true fix it. It only treats the symptoms. For some, that's enough. For others, it is certainly worth investigating more thoroughly what they can do to solve the situation altogether. Often the cost of continually using these remedies over the long-term will be more than an actual procedure or treatment to deal with the causal factors...particularly in cases of obstructive sleep apnea where there is a structural issue at play.

October 12, 2011 - 6:39pm
Darlene Oakley HERWriter (reply to Anonymous)

Thank you for your suggestion.

October 7, 2011 - 6:58pm
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