If you know someone who snores then this article is for you. Snoring is a serious sleep challenge especially to those who do not snore but sleep close to those who do. Many homes in Nigeria are having this challenge.Some spouses are living in perpetual discomfort. In this interesting article, Gadget Reviews provides insight on best anti-snoring devices you should consider getting as a solution to the sleep challenge caused by snoring.
The worst part of the problem with snoring is that it really ruins your life. Because of constant awakening, the person is deprived of good-quality sleep. An inadequate night’s sleep is often the cause of many diseases, ranging from heart disease and obesity to loss of sexual power. Apart from that, the person seems distracted at work, something that can really impede his or her career. And on top of everything else, snoring turns into a permanent source of annoyance to the family members.
Therefore, we can safely say that snoring affects not just your mood and health but also job performance and family friendliness. Finally, it is even known to cause sudden death. So, if you have this health disorder, you should tackle the issue. The first step is to understand what you are dealing with.
Loud frequent snoring is one of the indicators of sleep apnea, which is a chronic condition characterized by pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep. When people with sleep apnea fall asleep, they can stop breathing for 10 seconds or more, even up to a minute or more. This is an indication of the sleep disorder Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). While OSA almost always causes loud and regular snoring, just because you snore doesn’t mean that you have OSA.
Let’s start with defining the problem. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where you experience interrupted breathing when asleep. The duration of the pause in breathing can be up to several minutes and such pauses occur repeatedly throughout the night. As a rule, this is about loud snoring.
Now, what are the known forms of this disorder? There is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), central sleep apnea (CSA), and a combination of the above-mentioned. OSA is the most widespread, often experienced by people with excess weight and allergies or a limited airway. A person snores when the airway is repeatedly blocked during sleep — partially or fully. As a result, the snorer has to wake up to unblock the airway again.
Types of Anti-Snoring Devices and Best Products
Oral devices are meant for pulling forward the jaw and tongue so that there is more space in the throat, while the tongue and lower jaw do not collapse back. Such devices are considered by scientists to be effective but predominantly for mild sleep apnea.
What are the strong points? Oral appliances are portable, simple, and quiet. Beverly Merz, an Executive Editor at Harvard Women’s Health Watch, points out that oral anti-snoring devices can also be used by those who have moderate or severe OSA but will not be as effective as in the case of mild apnea.
Another disadvantage is that the patient will have to get used to wearing them as well as learn how to maintain the appliances. Also, regular visits to the doctor will be needed to make sure that the device keeps on working in a proper way. Besides, some people may have problems with putting their teeth together after the device is removed. Finally, oral appliances will cost you a vast deal of money.
Oral devices can be divided into two groups. Let’s have a look at how they differ.
What are the pros and cons of using a TSD?
This is a raisin made of plastic or silicone that is put in the mouth. The anti-snoring device for tongue or TSD isolates the tongue, pulling it forward, widening the space between the tongue and the back of the throat.
According to the American Sleep Association, they are less effective than MADs but in some ways are more convenient. This is because the device does not pull the entire jaw forward, and there is no pressure on the teeth. However, such side effects as excess saliva can still take place.
1. Good Morning Snore Solution
You may try Good Morning Snore Solution, a product that was tested clinically with the results featured in the Journal of Sleep and Breathing. The conducted study showed a significant reduction in snoring, and 54% of people who tried the item claimed they were going to keep on using it.
This TSD opens the entire airway and is said to have almost no side effects. It does not cause jaw pain or any other kind of discomfort. It is easy to use — just insert the tongue into the bulb while the rest of the item will be left over the teeth. And it is quite affordable as the item costs under 100 bucks. On top of this, you will get one-month guarantee, which is enough time to understand whether it fits you and whether it works.
What are the pros and cons of using a MAD?
Mandibular Advancement Devices (MADs) function by advancing the lower jaw, unblocking the airway, resulting in the person stopping snoring. Be sure not to mistake a mouthguard for a MAD, as the former looks similar but does not decrease snoring. These devices can cost up to two thousand dollars if they are made to order. And this is where the price determines the product’s effectiveness since individual appliances are more comfortable and let the person obtain better results.
There are restrictions for using MADs though. Firstly, people without their natural teeth or with teeth in bad condition cannot wear an anti-snoring device for mouth breather. Secondly, it will take you more time to get used to the device compared with TSD. And thirdly, more unpalatable side effects, like dryness of the mouth and pressure of the teeth are associated with them.
1. SleepTight Mouthpiece
Developed by a dentist, SleepTight Mouthpiece is recommended by many other American dentists and cleared by the FDA for reducing snoring and treating mild and moderate sleep apnea. The device works by advancing the jaw, eliminating the vibration that provokes snoring.
Quite an easy in use mouthpiece for some ten dollars. It has a large 6-mm opening and does not fall out; it holds the teeth firmly and, at the same time, is comfortable. Also, when wearing the device, you will be able to swallow without difficulty. Moreover, one of the strong points of the product is that it is re-adjustable. So you’ll likely enjoy wearing it! But if there is any problem — you will get a one-month money back guarantee.
Now, let’s look at the most popular mouthpiece — SnoreRX. An FDA-cleared device is latex-free and produced with the use of premium copolymer materials. Precise calibration in 1 mm increments allows to move the lower jaw forward, and it can be re-adjusted so that you can feel as comfortable as possible.
The manufacturer claims that the product looks like a custom dental device worth a couple of thousand dollars, while this item is in the one-hundred-dollar range. It is important that the developers tried to reduce the side effects of a typical MAD and prevent the pressure on the teeth. Also, the product is said to even exceed medical standards because of its advanced safety features.
3. SnoreMeds Anti-Snoring Mouthpiece
The manufacturer of the product claims that “it really stops your snoring at night.” Quite a bold statement, given that mouthpieces reduce rather than stop snoring. It seems that it tries to win over the customer with marketing tricks like 45-day money back guarantee, “free shipping” and “easy returns.” So we will look at the product itself.
A strong point is that it was cleared by the FDA, which means that we can take it seriously. A significant advantage that may be of interest to some buyers is that the product is made of a latex-free Thermo hypoallergenic material. Unlike the previous mouthpiece, this one cannot be adjusted but is available in two sizes — the smallest model for women and the original size for men. Anyway, the size does not affect the price, and such a device will cost you no more than one hundred dollars.
4. ZQuiet Anti-Snoring Device
This item is a budget choice and will cost you less than one hundred dollars. Made from medical grade materials, latex-free, and FDA-cleared, it is quite a quality mouthpiece that was clinically proven. And yet, it looks simpler than the previous products.
It is not adjustable but for starters, there are two items of different sizes in one kit so that you can try both and choose the more comfortable one. The manufacturer suggests that the user first tries size No.1, and if this does not help to decrease snoring, move to size No. 2. The thing is that the former provides a 2-mm jaw advancement while for the latter, it is 6 mm.
5. VitalSleep Anti-Snoring Device
This product is significantly cheaper, and you get two VitalSleep devices for the price of one SnoreRX. The manufacturer offers a one-year warranty and a two-month money back guarantee. So, over the course of one year, you may demand a free replacement, no matter what the reason is.
Like the previous products, this one is FDA-cleared, hypoallergenic, latex-free, and made of medical-grade materials. Apart from being adjustable, the product is available in two sizes — for men and women. An Allen key for the adjustment and a protective case for carrying are included. Use the Allen key to adjust the mouthpiece depending on how severe you snore.
Best CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) Device
6. DreamWear Full Face CPAP Mask
Positive airway pressure is the most widespread treatment for people with OSA and has long proved to be successful. Actually, this is the only recognized fully-fledged alternative to surgical intervention. CPAP helps people with all kinds of health issues and is suitable for nearly any patient’s condition, so no wonder the device is a must-have item, even in a hole-in-the-wall hospital.
A person suffering from snoring should place a mask on his face so that compressed air can be blown into the lungs. This prevents the airway collapse and, as a result, the person does not snore. Unlike the above-mentioned methods, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure will work even for people with severe sleep apnea. As experts at Cedar-Sinai Program note, the patient’s condition normally improves after using CPAP. However, they stress that this is not about curing the disorder — if you cease using the machine, snoring will be back.
The main downside of the method is that a significant portion of those who tried CPAP abandoned the practice. According to the data published at the website of Harvard Medical School, almost forty percent of the patients failed to get used to the device. Their main arguments are that the mask makes them feel claustrophobic, and the background noise is annoying as well as leaks and dryness making the person feel uncomfortable. And again, the partner is often the one who is frustrated with the idea of his beloved sleeping in a mask.
7. Night shifts
Sometimes, snoring is caused by the fact that a person sleeps on her or his back. If this is your case, you should not complicate the problem. What you need to do is to change the position, and that’s it! But what if you roll over your back when asleep? Special anti-snoring devices like Night Shift have been invented for such a situation.
You should wear such a gadget on the back of the neck. Once you are on your back, it starts vibrating, intensifying the vibration until you change your position. There are some restrictions for using this method. For people with certain health issues like neck pain, side sleeping can pose some risks. Apart from that, as the Sleep Review journal indicates, the effect of such devices on snoring is variable. For those who have an elevated supine apnea index, overall snoring is likely to increase with positional therapy since supine apneas are replaced with snoring.
8. Smartnora Anti-Snoring Device
You may try Smart Nora device. This is the priciest one out of the products I have reviewed and to buy it, you will have to pay several hundred dollars. So what is so good about this item called the pebble?
This is an electronic device with two charges, the base, and a pillow insert with an air tube. First, you should place the insert under the pillow, then attach the pebble so that it will be located right above your head. And that’s it! Once you start snoring, the device detects the sounds and moves the pillow in order to interrupt the snoring. By this movement, the throat muscles are stimulated, and you start breathing in a proper way.
However, it is worth noting that there is no study proving the product’s effectiveness, although there are users reporting improvements observed after the device had been used. The strong point of this solution is that you will not have to insert anything into your mouth and tolerate all the side effects.
9. Anti-snoring device for nose
An internal nasal dilator is a plastic item holding the nostrils open so that there is more space for breathing. However, if you are not enthusiastic about keeping something inside your nose, try external nasal strips. They look like ordinary plasters stuck over your nose, opening up the nostrils from the outside. Both internal nasal dilators and external nasal strips are effective for mild snoring.
Experts from the University of California–Irvine note that nasal dilators have been scientifically understudied, although this method demonstrates large potential. “Devices for which studies exist have demonstrated the ability to dilate the nasal valve and reduce resistance to airflow. However, these studies are limited to only a few devices,” they conclude. According to the researchers, these devices can be an alternative both to surgical interventions and Positive Airway Pressure.
Well, this is perhaps the cheapest product in our review — in the price range below twenty dollars. For this price, you get a set of eight pairs of nasal vents. For your convenience, there are two types and four sizes. All of them are designed to fit the nose and are consistent with its anatomy.
The items are made of quality medical materials so feel free to insert them inside your nose. But remember that nasal dilators should be used only if it is the nose that is your problem with snoring. As I said above, for most people, the root of the problem is the throat.
10. Chin straps
Chin straps will help you to keep your mouth closed while sleeping so that you can breathe through your nose. This will help to decrease snoring since breathing through your nose makes the airflow more consistent and, finally, less vibrating. However, if you have nasal obstruction, this method is definitely not for you.
And this is not the only strict contradiction for the use of chin straps. Some experts believe this method poses a certain health risk. Dr. Richard Schwab, director at Pennsylvania Sleep Center, says that a chin strap covering the entire mouth is “a terrible idea.” “You should never cover your mouth — you could choke,” he added.
Chin straps can be made of a number of types of flexible materials and are attached under the chin. Some of the products can be adjustable while others are just available in different sizes — from small to large ones. One of the key advantages of this method is its convenience since you do not need to place it inside the mouth or nose, American Sleep Association points out.
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