After testing many anti-snoring devices, I’m always open to something new.
I tested Better Breath nasal strips and was happily surprised in the effectiveness in certain areas, and you might also be.
What is Better Breath?
Better Breath forms part of the range of nasal strips designed to alleviate snoring. These small pieces of fabric can affect the shape of the inside of the nose to create more effective air flow while you sleep.
You can purchase one of two sizes:
- Small: 55mm x 16mm
- Large: 66mm x 19mm
Do Nasal Strips Really Work?
If you’re doubtful that a small strip of fabric can solve your snoring problems, you’re not alone. I didn’t believe it until I experienced these strips myself.
Here’s the science behind it:
- To breathe easier at night you need adequate space for air to flow through
- Your nasal valves are very small (usually around 1/10” wide in most people) and may block air, especially at night when nasal passages tend to collapse when you sleep
- A nasal strip gently but firmly pulls cartilage walls into place to open up the passage:
- You stretch out the strip when you apply it
- When the strip contracts it pulls and lifts the sides of the nose.
This gentle motion can cause one nasal passage to open around 30% more, which leads to making it easier to breathe.
This is not lasting, meaning when the Better Breath is not inserted, you do not have to worry if nasal strips make your nose bigger permanently.
The difference between nasal strips and nasal dilators is simply the way each one widens the nostrils.
Nasal strips are applied to the outside of the nose and pull up; while nasal dilators are inserted into the nostril and push out.
How to Use Better Breath
The process is quite easy but be meticulous when applying them. How you apply it will affect whether it remains in place during the night and how much it improves your breathing:
- Make sure your skin is clean and cleared of oils, soap or liquid so it doesn’t cause the strip to lose grip during the night
- Take a strip from its paper packaging
- Tear off the back of the strip so adhesive is exposed
- Stretch and position it so the ends touch above where your nostrils flare
- Firmly smooth it out by rubbing from the middle outwards (to stretch it slightly)
When you lift your fingers, you will feel how the fabric gently pulls on your nostrils.
To take it off you should pull gently, especially when you use it the first time.
The adhesive may remove the skin cells of very sensitive skin.
How Is It Different?
Yes, you will find many nasal strip products on the market, but not all of them can claim the following:
- Helping with nasal congestions caused by allergies or flu
- Individually sealed units which enhance hygiene
- Opening up nasal passages by up to 30% (this is better than most, but note that some other competitors report an improvement of up to 38%).
Since consumers differ, it’s worth trying these out because the unique design, adhesive, fabric tension and the strength of the plastic inside will suit a certain niche’s exact preferences.
That’s why I’m always open to try new products on the market.
These strips also tend to require less of an adjustment period than other similar products. This means:
- Immediate effects, so you’ll know if it works or not and you don’t have to waste time getting used to it first
- Less interruption of your sleeping patterns.
I tried these because they’re supposed to work for nasal congestion as well. It only takes a slight cold to make me wholly congested, and then my snoring is even worse. A nasal strip that worked for both my challenges seemed like a good plan.
It does work, and my family members urged me to keep using these because they’re so easy to apply and unobtrusive. Sometimes I choose not to wear my other large devices such as one of my MAD (Mandibular Advancement Device) appliances.
Yes, the MAD is more effective, but I’m simply not in the mood to use one every night.
In comparison, these strips are so quick to apply and don’t affect my sleeping patterns, so it works for both me and the people around me.
Occasionally, I will wake up and find the nasal strip loose at one end. This could be because I didn’t stick it down well enough or I didn’t clean my skin before applying it. I am still testing to see what adds to this problem.
I also love the bulk packs because they are cost effective. I purchased one for my bed stand, one for the car and one for my suitcase so I know I’ll have snoring remedies no matter where I am.
I would like to see the manufacturer releases trial packs. I would have preferred purchasing that at first just to see if it really works.
What Consumers Say
The feedback after these have been tried and tested is quite varied. This could mean that their efficacy is very much situation dependent and appropriate for a certain niche, such as light snorers with specific skin types.
Some users note that they need to wet the adhesives in order to pull them loose, while others complain of how easily they come loose while they sleep. This could mean that the glue only adheres properly to the certain skin.
And unfortunately using rubbing alcohol to ensure skin is clean enough to optimize adhesion can cause irritation.
Users also compared Better Breath to many of the other similar products on the market. Some people find them less sturdy with lower spring action than others. On the one hand this influences effectiveness but on the other, they feel more comfortable for some.
The fabric itself is soft which makes for comfortable sleeping, as users don’t scratch themselves on it during the night. They also appreciate the many bulk buying options available.
Many users mention how their usefulness changes during the night. They may start out opening up the nostrils, but the effect diminishes while you sleep. If the brand can improve the stickiness on some skins, some unsatisfied users may consider trying it again.
You have many options to pick from as the manufacturer distributes different sizes and in different quantities.
Some of the most popular options on Amazon include:
- 120 Small Better Breath strips for $13.75 (At $0.11/unit)
- 100 Large units for $12.99 ($0.13/unit)
- 300 Small strips for $29.99 ($0.10/unit).
It’s unfortunate that trial packs don’t exist. You have to purchase large quantities, and if they don’t work, you’re left with an unnecessary expense.
The advantage is that unit prices equate to a lower expense than some other brands who offer around 30 units in a pack.
It’s actually more affordable to purchase this bulk product than the competitors’ in smaller quantities.
Pros and Cons
- Hygiene is optimized with sealed packaging
- Different sizes cater for different consumers
- Can be used to improve breathing during exercise
- No drugs or medication needed
- Easy to take with when you travel
- Doesn’t work for heavy snorers
- Sweating causes them to fall off
- Not a solution for sleep apnea
- Disposable units result in continuous expenses
- Not one of the top nose strips on the market
No, it’s not as effective as my MAD and TSD devices, extreme snorers will believe this even more, but mild to moderate snorers such as myself could use the Better Breath for a more peaceful night’s sleep.
My Rating: 3.2
Which Product Should I Buy?
With well over 100 products on the market it can obviously be quite daunting to decide, “Which one?”
To help ease the decision process I have created a comparison chart where you can effortlessly assess each product and its features, price, pros and cons. I have also written several detailed reviews for those devices that I believe to be leading products.
If you would rather not spend a lot of time reading reviews, please take a look at the article linked here: My Mouthpiece Recommendation. It’s a list of three products which I believe, based on my extensive experience, are the best options available to people who suffer from snoring.