Evaluate Four Options to Fight Snoring
Although snoring can be the focus of jokes, the problem is not funny. You or your spouse could have a serious condition, such as sleep apnea. In some way, your airway is being blocked.
When you fall asleep and move from a light sleep to a deep sleep, the muscles in the roof of your mouth (soft palate), tongue and throat relax. The tissues in your throat can relax enough that they partially block your airway and vibrate. The more narrowed your airway, the more forceful the airflow becomes. This causes tissue vibration to increase, which causes your snoring to grow louder.
But, what are the anti-snoring devices best available?
Anti-Snoring Sprays -- With an anti-snoring spray, you don’t need to make adjustments with your sleeping pattern or position. You can still sleep comfortably. Once you are used to using the spray, you will not need to spray every night. The effects work for two days. However, they aren’t as effective for some people.
Anti-Snoring Pillows -- Anti-snoring pillows will reduce or stop snoring and remedy sleep apnea. They are often used when the cause of snoring is your sleeping position. You don’t need to wash the pillows regularly. They are also greatly comfortable and will probably improve the quality of sleep you’re getting. You will have to sleep on your side to facilitate easier breathing. However, if you are not comfortable in such position, you will not like using this device. You might have to combine the pillow with some other option.
Anti-Snoring Chin Straps -- An Anti-Snoring chin strap is an older method to stop snoring. The strap goes under your chin and around the back of your head. Chin straps are made of a stretchable material so they don’t irritate the skin and is inexpensive. You can also use chin strap for sleep apnea. If you have a blocked nose, this solution will not be effective. It is mostly for people with dry mouths. Also, it can be a little uncomfortable to sleep with something strapped around your chin. The slippage of the snoring chin strap can make you a restless sleeper.
Mandibular Advancement Devices -- These are the most popular devices to use. They are prescribed by doctors and dentists. The anti-snoring mouth guard works by moving your lower jaw toward the front and keeping it in that position while you sleep. Thus, the airway at the back of your throat stays open and the snoring caused by mouth breathing is reduced. In one study, it has been found that anti-snoring mouth guards can be tolerated by about 65 percent of snorers. They work effectively in preventing snoring and even cure sleep apnea, thus the name sleep apnea mouth guard. You need a few days to get adjusted to them, waking up with sore jaw. Fitting for MADs takes time. Sometimes, you might even be required to go back to the dentist more than twice. Lastly, you can’t use retainers or braces while using these.