Looking For The Best Snoring Aid That Really Works
Snoring isn’t limited to one type of person – anyone can be a snorer; including men or women, child or elderly, overweight or slim. Having said that, some lifestyle factors can increase the likelihood that you might snore; including genetics, smoking, alcohol consumption and being overweight.
The sound of snoring is caused by the vibration of the soft palate, tongue and surrounding tissues that can fall back during sleep and block the airways.
Most snoring remedies use different designs to keep the airways clear during sleep when the muscles are relaxed.
Let’s look at some different types of anti-snoring aids and how they can work to stop you snoring.
Snoring isn’t just an annoying noise at night – missing out on a good night’s sleep can affect almost every part of your life; leaving you less alert, less energetic and ultimately less healthy. You already know that snoring doesn’t only affect the snorer.
Anyone sharing a room or bed with a snorer can be kept awake or have their sleep disturbed, something that bothered my wife for years until I decided to fix my problem. Not only did this change my life, but it changed hers as well.
You might consider snoring as an unfixable problem, but there are actually hundreds of products designed to help reduce or eliminate snoring. Some anti-snoring devices need to be prescribed by a doctor or other health professional, but many are available over-the-counter. You can even order them online from the comfort of your own home, which I have done many times.
Don’t put up with snoring. There is a solution that’s right for you, and with some research, you might be surprised how affordable and easy-to-use some options can be. Take your sleep seriously, and you will discover as I have, a snoring solution that will help you feel rested and able to take on the world.
Read more: The Best Anti-Snoring Devices: My Personal Recommendation
Mouthpieces are my favorite snoring aids, and they really work.
Anti-snoring mouthpieces are a modern, effective and affordable solution to snoring. They come in so many designs that there is a solution available for almost everybody.
The concept has been tested by numerous clinical trials and has almost no side effects, I have spoken to many people who say a good quality mouthpiece has changed their life. These products offer the best results for most snorers, work almost immediately, and many are customizable to each individual’s needs.
Do You Need A Prescription Mouthpiece?
Some dentists, orthodontists and other physicians offer customized mouth snoring aids available with a prescription. They are usually individually tailored to each wearer, and custom-fitted with any of their personal requirements in mind, such as dental work or jaw issues.
Professional appliances will be FDA approved and are guaranteed to be high quality, but there are some issues that make an over-the-counter product a better solution.
Doctor-prescribed mouthpieces are more difficult to get hold of, needing referrals and appointments with specialists. These devices often cost a lot more – they can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
They also often don’t have the extended trial periods and money back guarantees that make trialing an over-the-counter anti-snoring solution a better choice. I have found that the right over-the-counter device is more than enough to control my snoring, as will most of you.
If you have a very specialized problem causing your snoring, or if you have another medical or dental condition, you might require one of these personalized devices. For most snorers, the over-the-counter product will be just as effective and far easier on your wallet.
You might not find the perfect product on the first try, which is why most good quality anti-snoring devices will offer a risk-free trial period. Over-the-counter mouthpieces are great and come in two main types.
The first is called a Tongue Stabilizing Device (TSD) or a Tongue Retaining Device (TRD), and the second is a Jaw Retaining device or a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD).
Let’s have a look at how the two main types work to stop you snoring.
Tongue Retaining Devices (or TRDs)
Tongue Retaining Devices (also known as Tongue Stabilizing Devices – TSD) are some of the best and most effective products on the market. They are designed to stop the tongue and related soft tissues from falling back during sleep and blocking the airway.
Gravity or relaxation can cause these muscles to fall out of place and become a blockage, and the TRD gently corrects the problem.
How Do TRDs Work?
TRDs work by keeping your tongue in place and pulling it slightly forward. The devices usually suction onto the tongue and then have a mouthguard-style piece that braces between your lips and teeth or a section that sits outside your lips to hold the tongue in place.
The design means that your jaw and face are not put under any kind of strain, and the force on your teeth is very minimal.
You don’t have to bite down or have your jaw moved out of position. It also makes some designs suitable if you are missing teeth, have jaw issues or have gum disease.
The devices are usually made from a soft, medical grade silicone or plastic, which makes them safe and comfortable. I have successfully reduced my snoring with a TRD, and many other customers have said the same.
Potential Problems With a TRD
Most TRDs are only suitable for people who can breathe through their nose while asleep, so if you have permanent nasal obstruction, you will need to research your device very carefully or look at a different type of product.
Personally, when my sinuses are blocked up or if I am sick – I will not be able to use my TRD, and I’ll have to opt for one of my (many) other anti-snoring devices.
Sometimes TRDs can cause some initial irritation or soreness to the tongue, but have patience – I have found that it usually goes away after a few days. It also might take some practice to figure out the right level of suction for your tongue. Try it out for at least a week before you make any final decisions.
Is a TRD a Good Option For You?
The gentle forward positioning of your tongue stops the soft tissue from being able to fall out of place, which stops snoring in most people.
There are even some sleep apnea sufferers who have been able to stop using their CPAP machines in favor of a TRD, although you should only try this on physician’s advice.
I have discovered that the most expensive devices are not always the best, so you should check reviews to help you decide what TRD product would be the best for you.
Pros and Cons of TRDs
- No strain on your jaw and face
- Tested idea
- Some designs suitable for dental problems
- Relatively inexpensive
- Only suitable for nose breathers
- Might cause irritation
- Takes some practice to use
Check Out My Personal Reviews of The Best TSD Type Mouthpieces:
Good Morning Snore Solution Mouthpiece: An Honest Review
My Personal Zenguard by Zensleep Anti-Snoring Device Review
An Unbiased Review of aveoTSD: Is it the Right Mouthpiece for You?
Mandibular Advancement Devices (MADs)
MADs are another great mouthpiece option. When you sleep, your jaw falls down towards your chest, which causes the back of the tongue to come up and your soft palate to lower, blocking the airways.
Back sleepers are particularly likely to have an open mouth cause their snoring.
There have been numerous studies proving the safety and effectiveness of this type of mouthpiece, and many have FDA approval as well as recommendations from medical professionals.
How MADs Work
MADs are inserted into the mouth overnight, and most look similar to a sports mouthguard. They hold the jaw in a closed, forward position which stops your mouth falling open or the soft tissues from falling back to obstruct the airways.
As an added benefit, they can help people who grind their teeth at night by placing a barrier between the upper and lower jaw. This condition might shorten the life of the device, but better to buy a new MAD than grind your own teeth!
These are also a good option for me when I need to breathe through my mouth – for example when my sinuses are acting up. As I said above, I cannot use a TRD when this happens, so I opt for a MAD with air holes.
The Perfect Custom Fit
Most MADs require customization so that they perfectly mold to your teeth and jaw. The most common method is boil-and-bite: The temperature-sensitive plastic is shaped by placing the device into boiling water to soften, then letting it cool to a safe temperature, and then positioning it in your mouth and biting down until the material hardens.
This method allows for an exact fit, which makes it more effective and comfortable. Other MADs have tools to tighten or loosen how it fits in your mouth, or are sold in standard sizes.
Potential Problems With MADs
Some people can find that their jaw gets sore after the first few nights of using a MAD, although that usually passes. If the pain is intense or lasts for more than a week or so, stop using it until you can talk to a medical professional.
Some people find they have excessive drooling or their gag reflex is triggered by the otc devices – this should also pass after you get used to the product.
Because MADs grip the teeth to hold the jaw forward, they might not be suitable for people with dental issues including dentures and bridges. For everyone else, there is such a huge range of designs that you will be able to find a mouthpiece device that works for you.
Over-the-counter mouthpieces are safe, cost-effective and work for most people.
Pros and Cons of MADs
- Safe and effective
- Custom fit (usually)
- Easy to use
- Can combat teeth grinding at night
- Sore jaw and drooling (which should pass)
- Can’t be used if you have dental issues
- Can’t be used with a jaw condition
Check Out My Personal Reviews of The Best MAD Type Mouthpieces:
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ZQuiet Review: Are the Positive Reviews Justified?
Snoremeds Mouthpiece Review: A Quality I Would Recommend
My Personal Experience of The SleepTight Mouthpiece
SnoreMedic Mouthpiece Review
Anti-snoring pillows have been around for many years.
The goal of these products is to position your head, neck, and body in a way that leaves your airways open, and keeps you sleeping in a position that is most likely to stop your snoring.
The great thing is that I can combine my anti-snoring pillow with other OTC snoring aids to get an even better result.
How Do Stop Snoring Pillows Work?
Many people sleep with their head and neck in the wrong position, which not only creates snoring but can also leave them waking up with their neck, shoulders and back feeling stiff and sore.
Anti-snoring pillows can help improve your quality of sleep by keeping your head in the correct position to avoid soreness and by opening up your airways, so you can sleep without snoring.
A Comfortable Solution
Snoring pillows are usually made from high-quality foam (usually memory foam) that should be hypoallergenic, which helps you avoid allergic reactions.
I have not noticed any irritation on my skin when using these, but someone who is hypoallergenic might want to read the material that is used before purchasing.
Some have added features such as holes to position your ears, for added comfort.
Having a specially designed pillow to counteract your snoring is a comfortable way to prevent snoring that actually works.
Pros and Cons of Anti-Snoring Pillows
- You don’t need to wear a device
- Can correct neck, back and shoulder issues
- Open your airways during sleep
- Can be used with other devices
- Not always effective
- Not suitable for people who are restless during sleep
- Not conveniently portable
Check Out My Personal Reviews of The Best Snoring Pillows:
My Personal Experience of The Therapeutica Sleeping Pillow
Sharper Image Advanced Anti-Snore Pillow Review – The Comfortable Way to Fix Your Snoring
The Level Sleep Restore Anti-Snore Pillow: An Honest Review
My Personal Experience of InteVision Foam Wedge Pillow
My Personal Experience of MyPillow – A Great Way to Get Good Sleep?
Smart Pillows – The Next Level of Anti-Snoring Pillows
Smart pillows are even more advanced, adding technology to detect and eliminate snoring to the basic anti-snoring design. These were not around even a decade ago – I had to start with more ‘old fashioned’ snoring solutions in years prior.
Some smart pillows feature inflatable sections that gently lift the head when the sound of snoring is detected, which opens the airways and causes the snorer to become slightly more alert (even while sleeping), which stops the snoring. Others use gentle vibration or other techniques to achieve the same results.
What Technology Do Smart Pillows Use?
The technology on smart pillows varies depending on the brand. Some smart pillows detect the noise of snoring, vibrations caused by snoring, and the positioning of the head, and use that information to gently move the head in a way that will stop the snoring.
Others just “listen” for snoring, which triggers the anti-snoring vibration or whatever technology the pillow uses.
Potential Problems With Smart Pillows
Smart pillows have a range of sizes, shapes, and function. Because they often include extra technology, some pillows can be quite firm, so if you’re like me and prefer a soft pillow, make sure you read some reviews before making your decision.
Anti-snoring pillows are usually not suitable for people who sleep on their stomach. For everyone else (or for people who want to stop sleeping on their stomach), smart pillows are a comfortable, clever option for people looking for stop snoring remedies that work.
Pros and Cons of Smart Pillows
- Intelligent technology
- High-quality materials
- No intrusive appliance to be worn
- Only activated when snoring is detected
- Most users report a reduction in snoring
- Some pillows are quite firm
- Might interrupt sleep
- Not good for stomach sleepers
- Some designs are too firm for many people
- Not as portable as other devices
Check Out My Personal Reviews of The Top-Rated Smart Pillows:
Smart Nora Review – Your Own Pillow Becomes Your Anti-Snoring Solution
The Nitetronic Goodnite Anti-Snore Pillow Review – Reduce Snoring by Simply Changing Your Pillow?
Zeeq Smart Pillow Review – How Can Advanced Technology Help You Sleep?
Chin straps are based on a design that has been around for centuries, and recent improvements have made them more comfortable and effective.
They work on a similar principle to jaw retaining mouth guards or MADs, by positioning your jaw in a way that stops the mouth opening and the airways being obstructed.
Almost all snorers have their mouths open at night, which the chinstrap is able to fix. I love my chinstrap because there is no maintenance (only washing), it’s easy to store, and it’s effective.
How Do Chin Straps Work?
Most modern chin straps are made from strong, comfortable materials like nylon or neoprene, which goes under your chin and is held either around the back of your head or at the top. This puts the lower jaw in an upward and forward position, which keeps the throat open.
They are easy to use, although I find they sometimes need slight adjustment before they feel comfortable.
Are There Any Problems With Using Chin Straps?
Some people complain that chin straps can slip during sleep, so I have found that choosing a model with holes for the ears provides a more comfortable and secure option.
Chin straps are also not suitable if you are unable to breathe out of your nose because of an ongoing problem or temporary issues like allergies or a head cold.
They do need to be firm, but some people find them too firm for comfort.
Chin Straps and TMJ
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) is a problem with the joint in your jaw, which can cause problems like ear pain, bite problems, headaches, dizziness, clicking sounds in the jaw, tinnitus and/or locked jaws.
If you have this condition, steer clear of over the counter snoring aids that adjust the jaw such as MADs or chin straps. If you are a person who snores through your nose, a chin strap is probably not going to help.
Should You Try a Chin Strap?
Chin straps are a simple, effective solution that is usually comfortable and budget-friendly. Choose a high-quality model that is comfortable and well designed.
Many good brands offer money-back trial periods, so if you are not sure of the underlying cause creating your snoring, a trial might be a good idea for you.
Pros and Cons of Using A Chin Strap
- Simple, time-tested solution
- Comfortable to wear
- Usually inexpensive
- Not suitable for all types of snorers
- Not to be used by people with TMJ
- Some people find them uncomfortable
My Snoring Solution Chin Strap Review. Is It Really The Solution?
My Snoring Solution – How Do You Know if You Need It?
Some people snore because of a blockage in their nose. This might be a constant problem, or it might come and go with seasonal allergies or a blocked nose due to a head cold.
If a nasal issue is causing your snoring, a nasal dilator might be able to help.
Your nostrils will be physically held open, which increases how wide they are and stops them closing during normal breathing.
When wearing my nasal dilators, I can physically feel myself breathing in more air which I actually find relaxing.
How Do You Use A Nasal Dilator?
These devices are usually made from soft plastic, silicone or rubber. They are placed snugly into each nostril to keep it wide open and unobstructed through the night.
They’re usually made in a cone shape, with holes throughout that allow the air to pass through easily and help the snorer breathe. In-nostril stents are another common design.
Are There Clinical Trials to Prove Their Effectiveness?
Sahlgrenska Hospital and the University of Sweden teamed up to study nasal dilators and found that a well-designed device that is inserted and used correctly can significantly decrease the sound of snoring.
Other studies have shown that any device that opens up the nasal passages is likely to result in a better sleep.
Choose A Well-Made Product
Nasal dilators are usually very affordable, with most options costing under $30. There are genuine, well-researched products and then cheap rip-offs, so the quality of help that you are likely to receive from the device might not be as good if you choose a less trustworthy brand.
Hygiene is also very important, and these products will need to be carefully cleaned after every use. Remember that any device used inside your body, especially when used all night, really should be made from high-quality medical-grade parts.
Should You Try A Nasal Dilator?
You should give them a try if a blocked nose might be contributing to your snoring, and their low price means that they are a relatively safe bet.
Backed by studies and positive reviews, a nasal dilator might be worth trying either as your regular anti-snoring aid, paired with other snoring prevention aids or as a go-to device when a blocked nose is interrupting your sleep.
Pros and Cons of Nasal Dilators
- Clinical trials show they work
- Can be used with other anti-snoring solutions
- Can be used constantly or only as needed
- Only work with nasal snoring
Check Out My Personal Reviews of The Best Nasal Dilators:
My Personal Experience of SnoreCare Nose Vents
Rhinomed Mute Nasal Dilator Review – My Personal Experience
Snorepin Nasal Dilators Review – Is It The Smarter Anti-Snoring Solution?
Sleep Right Intra Nasal Breathe Aid – An Honest and Thorough Review
My Personal Review of the Nozovent Anti-Snoring Device
Woodyknows Nasal Dilators Review – Are They An Effective Anti-Snoring Solution?
Nasal strips are similar to nasal dilators, but are worn outside your nose instead of inside the nostrils. They are usually made of a single-use adhesive tape that also includes a section with hard plastic splints.
They look and feel similar to a rigid sticking plaster. As with nasal dilators, I find myself breathing in more oxygen; however, these do not open the nostrils as wide as dilators.
These strips are placed across the bridge of your nose. Their design means that your nostrils are pulled open, which stops them collapsing while breathing and opens up the airways.
Do They Work?
There are many different brands available, and while they aren’t usually too expensive, you should remember that you will need to keep buying new strips once you’ve used your supply.
Studies show that this design of anti-snoring product can reduce nasal blockage, lessen snoring, decrease airway resistance and increase nasal airflow when inhaling.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine reports that these devices are safe to use and are effective for some snorers, and there are many other studies that show they can help.
Are There Problems Associated With Nasal Strips?
Some issues might mean that nasal strips are not the best option. Nose shape and anatomy can impact how effective these strips are, and they are only effective at countering snoring through the nose. Some people with sensitive skin might find that they are unable to use nasal strips, as they can cause skin irritation.
Why Should You Choose Nasal Strips?
These products can be a good alternative to using medicinal options such as nasal decongestants, which can have side effects (especially with long-term use). They don’t have to be put inside your body, and they’re easy to use.
These strips will help most people to breathe more easily at night and are proven to reduce snoring in people who snore through their nose.
Pros and Cons of Nasal Strips
- Easy to use
- Alternative to medicinal options
- Not reusable
- Can cause skin irritation
- Only suitable for nasal snoring
My Personal Review of the Better Breath Nasal Strips
Breathe Right Nasal Strips – My In-Depth Personal Review
Many people have heard of CPAP machines, but another treatment option for severe sleeping disorders is EPAP or Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure.
While CPAP machines offer “Continuous Positive Airway Pressure,” EPAP work on a slightly different principle.
How Does It Work?
Most often used for treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea (although effective for other sleep-disordered breathing), these machines send air down the airways to keep them open and stop their collapse during sleep. While CPAP artificially pumps air down the airways, EPAP devices use the sleeper’s exhaled breath to build air pressure.
This modern update means that air is not forced down the airways, which can result in stomach pain, bloating and discomfort. Instead, the EPAP technology is a much more gentle and natural solution.
EPAP and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious condition, and could even be life-threatening if you don’t treat it properly. If you suspect you might have sleep apnea, or if you have been diagnosed and want to explore other therapy options, always consult with your doctor before trialing another device.
These snoring preveition products are very safe and effective when they’re correctly used, but you’ll need a second opinion to make sure that the snoring aid is right for your personal needs.
Pros and Cons of EPAP
- Less bloating and discomfort when compared to CPAP
- Uses your body’s natural functions
- Can be used by some OSA sufferers
- Not appropriate for everyone
Theravent is an over-the-counter EPAP solution that uses a unique design to help open your airways and combat snoring.
It’s the first EPAP therapy to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a snoring solution.
What Is Theravent?
Theravent is sold as an adhesive strip that fits over your nostrils and has micro-valve technology that creates the expiratory positive airway pressure (EPAP) function.
That means that it uses your own exhalation (breathing out) to open your throat and nostrils, and stops the vibration that causes snoring. It comes in 3 strengths for light, moderate and heavy snorers.
Looking at the product, I was confused on how this was any different than the two nasal apparatuses above – but indeed it is. I also did not have any of the side effects that were mentioned.
How Effective Is Theravent?
This product is clinically proven to combat snoring and is approved as an effective anti-snoring remedy by the FDA. It is simple to use, works immediately, and is very comfortable to wear.
Theravent means you don’t have to use uncomfortable devices that change how your body is positioned, and it won’t cause bloating or discomfort.
While this product is extremely effective at combating snoring, you shouldn’t use it to treat sleep apnea without approval from your doctor.
Pros and Cons of Theravent
- Simple to use
- Clinically proven to work
- Innovative technology
- Might cause irritation in some people
- Not suitable for treating OSA except on the clinical advice
My Personal Experience of Theravent Snore Therapy Strips
An in-depth review of the Provent EPAP Therapy solution for sleep apnea
Tongue Training Devices
A slightly different take on a tongue restraining device (TRD), tongue training devices are used to create permanent changes to the tongue for long-term relief from snoring.
How Does Training Your Tongue Helps?
These products strengthen the “dorsal” muscles of the tongue and upper airways. Improving the muscles stops the tissues from falling back to block the airways during sleep.
Instead of permanently relying on a device, these products actually change the structure of your mouth to help your own body free itself from snoring.
How Do Tongue Training Devices Work?
These products are designed to force your tongue down and forwards, which pushes it against your upper teeth. Some have added tongue training features, such as pushing the tongue against a spring-loaded resistance which improves the muscle tone and keeps the tongue in the correct position – called “threshold load resistance.”
Training devices slowly step up the amount of resistance, which increases the muscle strength as the training progresses. Most are able to be calibrated to fit your personal needs.
Side Effects of Tongue Training Devices
Like any muscle training, you can expect some light soreness or discomfort over the process. Some people also struggle with their gag reflex when using this device. The benefit is the long-term physical change to problem areas in your mouth that are causing you to snore.
While it might not be for everyone, tongue training devices offer a chance to stop the problem at its source.
Pros and Cons of Tongue Training
- Permanent improvement
- Strengthens muscles
- Addresses the main cause of snoring
- Can be uncomfortable
- Doesn’t work for everyone
Wearables are not my favorite type of anti-snoring product, but some people swear by them. Anti-snore wearables are loved by some and not trusted by others.
Most are not designed to be used near your head, mouth or nose, where other products are traditionally placed. These wearable solutions stop snoring in other ways.
What Types of Wearable Snoring Aids Are Available?
One form of anti-snoring wearable that is currently being crowdfunded works on the principle that most people snore while laying on their backs. The product comes with an armband, along with a snoring sensor and a related app.
The sensor picks up on snoring sounds and triggers a vibration in the armband that encourages snorers to turn onto their side.
For people who snore only while on their back this wearable solution might provide a non-invasive way to stop snoring – if it worked.
Wearable Anti-Snoring Rings
Another type of wearable snoring aids is an anti-snoring ring. Based on ancient Chinese medicine called Tuina which goes back 4,000 years, the ring is placed on a specific part of the little finger, which is supposed to stimulate a pressure point that will stop snoring.
These rings are generally a flexible design with a small piece of metal on the inside that places pressure on the correct area.
There is a wide range of products available. Many people have found them to be effective, but the science behind them is questionable.
I personally did not find these effective – yes, I have tried just about everything – but feel free to give it a try want.
Pros and Cons of Anti-Snoring Wearables
- Many designs available
- Lots of positive personal testimonies
- Not backed by science
- Not suitable for everyone
How Do Position Trainers Work?
Another device that attempts to correct snoring by changing the sleeper’s position, position trainers try to prevent sleepers from turning onto their back.
Position Sleep Apnea
A lesser-known condition, Positional Sleep Apnea, can occur when sleeping on your back. Back sleeping can cause other issues like your chin dropping down and your mouth opening during sleep.
Positional therapy devices force the user to sleep on their side (or in some cases their stomach) to reduce snoring.
Position Trainers As a Complementary Therapy
Position trainers are able to be used as a complementary therapy with many other over the counter snoring solutions, which provides extra relief from snoring.
Remember not to use any device to treat sleep apnea without speaking with a doctor.
Pros and Cons of Positional Therapy
- Long-term sleep training
- Can help some types of Sleep Apnea
- Can be used with other therapies
- Not suitable for everyone
- Not usually enough on its own
- Only suitable for people who snore when back sleeping
Read also: Salin Plus Salt Therapy Machine Review – Can Salt Help Reduce Snoring?
There are a number of medications available for purchase over-the-counter that claim to help reduce or eliminate snoring.
They are often not prescription medications, and many are therefore unlikely to have been researched and trialed, and they often make use of homeopathic remedies that are not supported by modern science.
Homeopathic medications, depending on what they are used for, I do not find very effective. In this case, I think it is more of a placebo effect as well.
What Kinds of Medications Are Available?
The most common form of treatment is a pill or a spray. There are oral sprays and nasal sprays available, and some can be used either way.
They are usually designed to reduce inflammation or mucus build-up in the nose and throat that could theoretically lead to snoring.
Some claim to lubricate the throat tissues, reducing vibration and stopping the snoring noise.
Who Should Try Medications?
If inflammation and congestion are causing you to snore, these products might be worth trialing.
If you have another, more common cause for your snoring, you might want to use them as complementary therapies or look elsewhere.
Pros and Cons of Anti-Snoring Medication
- Reduce inflammation
- May help with congestion-related snoring
- Need on-going use to be effective
- Mostly non-prescription
- May not be safe for long-term use
- Only suitable for certain conditions
- Not always well tested and researched.
Check Out My Personal Reviews of The Top-Rated Snoring Sprays:
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CPAP machines are famously used to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea, where the sleeper stops breathing for long periods during sleep, due to completely blocked airways. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure.
CPAP and Sleep Apnea
While the setup is often clunky and sometimes uncomfortable, it is undoubtedly the most effective and reliable treatment for sleep apnea and other sleep conditions. Generally, common snoring will not need a CPAP machine.
However, for severe issues that can’t be resolved with other solutions, a CPAP machine can be a lifesaver. I have gone through the overnight testing in a medical center to diagnose my snoring as sleep apnea. Eventually, if you are diagnosed, you will be advised to purchase a CPAP machine.
Fortunately, I was not diagnosed with sleep apnea, so I use the other methods I’ve written about to stop my snoring.
Read also: Can Snoring Mouthpieces Replace a CPAP Machines to Cure Sleep Apnea?
How Do CPAP Machines Work?
CPAP machines deliver pressurized air to the throat, which stops it from collapsing. They need to be individually set up for each user and are normally only prescribed after a sleep study.
A doctor will decide the pressure you require based on tests and will set the machine to deliver the right air pressure for you throughout your sleep.
The air is delivered via a mask that fits over your nose. Mask fit is very important, as it is a common source of discomfort when not correctly fitted. Most machines have humidifiers that stop your airways from drying out.
The machine will also normally record data about your sleep habits, how the machine is functioning and whether you are receiving the best airflow.
Pros and Cons of CPAP Technology
- Currently the most effective solution for sleep apnea
- Adjusted to your individual needs
- Stops snoring
- Only use under medical advice and supervision
- Can be uncomfortable
- Can cause bloating
Read more: I Can’t Tolerate a CPAP Machine – What Alternatives Are Available?
Surgery is a solution I would recommend you consider very carefully. For severe snorers with specific medical issues, surgery might be a good choice.
Surgical procedures should be used as a last resort, because even a simple procedure carries risks.
Who Is Suitable For Surgery?
Surgery is not available as an option to everybody, as doctors will need to determine if you have a condition that will respond well to surgery, if you are personally suitable for the procedure, and if the potential benefits outweigh the risks.
What Surgeries Are Available?
If your doctor says surgery might be a good option, there are a few potential procedures that they might recommend. Most surgical procedures are designed to reduce any blockages to widen your airways, allowing you to breathe more easily at night.
Your doctor will recommend the procedure that is right for you and explain any risks that the surgery might have. Remember that while surgery can be an effective solution, in my opinion, it’s not the best choice for most people.
I have not gone the route of electing to have surgery, as using the products I have found and researched over the years has stopped my snoring.
Pros and cons of surgery
- Permanent solution for some snorers
- Correct physical issues that cause snoring
- No ongoing costs or devices needed after successful surgery
- Not everyone is suitable
- Can be expensive
- Possible side effects
- Might not work
Read more: Medtronic Pillar Procedure for Snoring and OSA – Does it Work and How Much Does it Cost?
Choosing Right Snoring Aid For Your
There are so many effective anti-snoring remedies available. It’s worth putting in a bit of research to find one that is right for you.
Luckily for my readers, I have done the research for you.
The right aid (or combination of aids) will help you sleep better and eliminate snoring, which really can change your life.
I recommend you start as soon as possible to look for a product that will suit you and see for yourself how much things improve after a good night’s rest.
Using a combination of the solutions I’ve written about here and on the rest of the site, I am lucky enough to say that my snoring today is non-existent.
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.