So you’ve decided to take matters in your owns hands and see if you can finally end your snoring? This is the first step, but the next step can be overwhelming considering just how many anti-snoring and Sleep Apnea products are on the market. As I’ve said in other sections of the site, it’s very easy for someone to buy one of these products, use it incorrectly and swear off all devices of this nature. Take it from me when I say that this is not the way to go, and when you hear of someone criticizing any of these products, make sure their reason for disliking the product is valid, and not the result of an error on their part.
The information on this site can help you make an educated, informed decision regarding what device will work best for you. First, it’s best to know the categories that these devices are divided into, and how that may or may not help you. The following is a list of the different groups of products meant to assist with snoring and Sleep Apnea.
Sleep Apnea Mouthpieces
This is exactly what it sounds like. Sleep Apnea mouthpieces are devices that you put in your mouth right before you go to sleep. They hold the teeth in a certain position which reduces your chances of snoring or having a Sleep Apnea attack. The great thing about these mouthpieces is that some of them are also proven to greatly reduce or eliminate the symptoms of Bruxism as well. Bruxism is a condition in which you involuntarily grind your teeth at night.
These products may be a bit invasive to some (not everyone is able to comfortably fall asleep with a mouthpiece), but they can essentially solve three problems. If you have issues with snoring, Sleep Apnea, and Bruxism, a mouthpiece could be a simple solution. They are relatively inexpensive, and they can last you a fairly long time if you’re willing to take good care of them. Out of all the mouthpieces I’ve reviewed on the site, I can honestly say that The Good Morning Snore Solution is my favorite out of the bunch. It’s a bit more expensive than the others, but it has undergone peer-reviewed tests and is backed by an actual dentist.
Much like the mouthpieces, nasal dilators are devices that the user puts in their nose before going to sleep. They are composed of a latex-free material that lightly expands in the nose, holding open the nasal pathways that are typically closed when snoring or Sleep Anpea occur. These devices are very small and inexpensive. If taken care of, they can last several months. Just wash them every morning and place them back in their carrying case. The carrying case also allows for the user to take their nasal dilator with them anywhere.
There are no harmful side-effects or drugs that go along with products of this nature, but some may find them a bit invasive or have trouble sleeping with them in. Out of all the nasal dilators I’ve reviewed on this site, I’d have to say that the Snorepin is a very solid choice. It’s under $20, it can reduce or eliminate symptoms of snoring and Sleep Apnea. It lasts a while, comes with a nice case, and, if worn during the day, can even reduce allergies. Many of the other products in the subgroup also have these features, so remember to check out all the reviews so you can make an informed purchase.
The pillows are preferred by those who feel that nasal dilators and mouthpieces are just a tad too invasive. These have the potential to alleviate symptoms related to snoring and Sleep Apnea as well as assist the user with back problems. The pillow gently guides the user to sleep in a position that would clear out pathways that usually get blocked as a result of Sleep Apnea or snoring.
Some stop snoring pillows force the user to sleep on the side, while other pillows allow for sleeping both on your side and on your back. The pros would obviously be that they are less invasive and more comfortable than any other alternatives out there. The cons are that some people are just so used to sleeping in a certain way that they feel uncomfortable using it. Let it be known that it sometimes takes a couple weeks for the pillow to fully take effect so many negative reviews could very well be the result of impatience. I personally prefer the Brookstone Anti-Snore Pillow, as it allows me to sleep on my back and my side as I see fit.
CPAP Chin Straps
CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure, and it is the name given a machine that those with Sleep Apnea are required to wear. As one would imagine, it provides a continuous flow of air into the mouth and nose of the person wearing it. This allows for the individual wearing the product to be free of any blockage during the night. The problem with this setup is that some people are prone to sleeping with their mouths open, and since the machine is constantly pushing air into the mouths and noses of the wearer, it causes them to wake up with dry mouth.
This is a condition that can cause you to feel irritable and sluggish in the morning, and it’s just not enjoyable. A CPAP machine costs hundreds of dollars, so why not get all you can out of it? The CPAP chin straps allow you to do just that. They gently hold your mouth closed while you’re using your CPAP machine and allow for comfortable sleep without any risk of dry mouth. Of the straps I have tried, I would say the SP Medical Super Deluxe Chin Strap was one of the most comfortable.
Anti-Snore Chin Straps
Anti-Snore Chin Straps work in a manner that is very similar to the CPAP machine, except the user does not require the machine. These straps work in the same fashion as the others, but they are stand alone products. You just put the strap on and begin enjoying uninterrupted sleep! There are a few things to note with this straps, though.
Many users will complain that the strap does not help them, and it is imperative that you follow the directions that come with the product, as incorrectly wearing an anti-snore chin strap can have some severely negative consequences. Not only will this not work for you if you fail to wear it properly, but it can actually worsen some of the symptoms of Sleep Apnea.
Again, make sure you’re wearing these products correctly. It only takes a few minutes to properly put this on your face, and it’s awful to think that there are people out there that are not benefiting from this because they hastily failed to read the instructions. That being said, I found the Ruby Adjustable Chin Strap to be very comfortable, but check out the other reviews first before you make a final decision.
This is about as simple as it gets. All you do is spray the formula in the back of your throat and start enjoying sounder sleep. The trick with the sprays is that it sometimes takes the body a few days to adjust to the formula. Many users will complain that they are still snoring when they use the product, but they need to just be patient and give it some time.
These sprays will typically last you a couple months, so just be patient with it. On the bright side, some users have reported that once their bodies are accustomed to the spray, they can get away with spraying it every other night and not have any problems. I liked that the Snoreeze Spray contained all natural ingredients, but all of sprays have their ups and downs. I highly recommend the sprays to anyone who is having trouble with using a physical device to stop their snoring.
Earplugs For Snoring
The earplugs are great for several reasons. First, they will prevent you from being woken up by your own snoring, and it’s also a great idea to give your spouse a pair of these if they’re constantly being woken up as a result of your nighttime loudness. These will obviously not eliminate snoring, but they do a great job of letting you have a solid night’s sleep. The Hearos Xtreme Protection ear plugs offer a noise reduction rating of 33, meaning that they’ll reduce any sounds that are up to 33 decibel, which should be perfect for snoring.
Before You Buy
Make sure to read as many reviews as you can. Take everything into consideration before making that final decision. Also keep in mind that negative customer reviews can be the result of a failure to understand how a particular product works. Don’t jump into something too hastily or buy a product just because you like the packaging. An informed purchase is all you need to start improving your health, your sleep, and your life..