At one point, if someone was looking for a snoring solution they had very few options. Now there are almost too many options and it can be confusing for some. Since there are so many, a basic understanding of all of them is needed to make the right decision.
Anti-snoring pillows are certainly appealing to some in the beginning. They are simple, convenient, and easily obtained. Very little can go wrong or so it seems. These pillows do not address the most common causes of snoring. Most users are disappointed with the results they see because of this. They are ineffective for most snorers, but some do experience relief when using one. As with other kinds of solutions this is largely an individual matter. Pillows are best for those who snore due to the position of their head during sleep or general neck issues.
Currently there are two kinds of oral devices made to prevent or reduce snoring. The two kinds are jaw retaining and tongue retaining although the names can vary at times. Terms such as jaw advancing, tongue advancing, and mandibular advancement are also common. In general mouthpieces can work very well when the appropriate type is chosen. Some of the newer tongue retaining devices are even as effective as a CPAP system for users. This kind of solution is commonly recommended by medical professionals because it is very safe and has the potential to eliminate snoring for many users.
Nasal products can vary greatly from one device to another but they all work the same way. Usually this kind of solution is not used on its own. It is typically an accessory that is used with something else like a mouthpiece. Most of these products are cone shaped so that they can physically support the nostrils from the inside out. Another common design is the nasal strip which basically works the same way, just from the outside.
Chin straps work the same way that jaw retaining mouthpieces do. This is because they address the same issue. The difference is that a chin strap goes around the head instead of in the mouth. This solution is not effective for many people because these devices fall off easily during the night. For the most part they have been replaced by jaw advancing oral devices.
The CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure system is the typical treatment used for sleep apnea. Many of those who use one experience relief from snoring and sleep apnea, but few people continue to use one. CPAP use is not enjoyable by any standards. These systems can even cause some to have anxiety issues throughout the night. That is just one of the reasons that so many of the individuals that use one are constantly looking for something that can replace it.
Although other kinds of snoring solutions exist, the main classes of devices have been covered here. Each one is best at relieving a particular kind of snoring and that is one of the biggest reasons that so many people do not experience relief. If any of the devices above sound like they may be a good solution, the next step is to learn more about them and what specific options are available within that category. That information can be found on this site as well.
Which Product Should I Choose?
Every person has a unique mouth and needs, so one that is perfect for one person may not be the best option for another.
There are well over 100 products on the market, so making a decision can be quite daunting.
You will find a lot of helpful information in the comparison chart, and I have written reviews of several products.
If you would rather not spend a lot of time reading reviews, please consult my article titled “My Mouthpiece Recommendation”. I have compiled a list of three products that I believe are the best options, based on my experience.