If you or your bed partner are losing sleep to snoring, there’s a good chance that a snoring aid can provide much-needed relief. But in a market saturated with straps, sprays and specialized pillows, it can be difficult to sift through your options without becoming overwhelmed or discouraged. Furthermore, it’s important to identify the root cause of your snoring, as it can have a strong bearing on which snoring remedy is effective for your particular situation. Working with your physician to determine this cause and to discuss solutions is an important first step in your journey toward a peaceful night’s sleep. To help jumpstart that conversation, we’ve compiled some of the most common snoring devices here, along with their respective pros and cons.
EPAP (Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure) Devices
EPAP devices like Theravent® use the gentle pressure created by your own breathing to keep airways stable and free of obstruction, reducing or eliminating harsh snoring sounds. In fact, Theravent® is the first and only clinically proven, FDA-cleared snoring aid that leverages the power of EPAP. Worn comfortably over the nostrils while you sleep, its patented MicroValve technology opens as you inhale and then narrows when you exhale, creating a slight pressure to open up your airway.
Although using Theravent® can take a couple nights of adjustment, it is immediately effective, easy-to-apply and non-invasive. This snoring aid is available in three strengths to address light, moderate and heavy snoring – order a trial pack today and try all three strength to find the right fit for you.
Easy to use, affordable and readily available at most drug stores, nasal strips like Breathe Right are some of the most common snoring aids on the market. They target snoring caused in the nasal passage, including congestion, allergies or a deviated septum, and nasal strips can be effective in addressing this limited scope of snoring origins. Unfortunately, if your snoring originates from the soft tissues in your throat (more often than not), nasal strips are ineffective at treating this type of snoring.
These pillows attempt to address snoring caused by poor sleep position. Typically made from memory foam, they are designed to help keep throat airways open by supporting the neck in a specific position to reduce constriction and create optimal breathing alignment. The shape, size and cost of these pillows can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, but the consumer complaints about these anti-snore pillows are often consistent. Some users find them to be uncomfortable – a huge no-no for a pillow – while others have described these pillows as ineffective because they rely heavily on the user maintaining a consistent sleeping position throughout the night.
Snoring Chin Straps
As your muscles relax during sleep, your jaw can slide open and your tongue can slide back to cover your airway, which is one cause of snoring. These fabric chin straps aim to stop snoring by cradling your jaw in an optimal closed position while you sleep. Although this approach could be helpful for mouth snorers, it is ineffective in treating snoring that originates from the nose. If you are also suffering from nasal congestion, using a chin strap can be outright dangerous by limiting oxygen intake. Snoring chin straps also receive low consumer marks for fit and comfort, as it can be difficult to find the right level of tightness, and restless sleepers will often shift the strap out of position while they sleep.
Like chin straps, snoring mouthpieces target jaw alignment as the root cause of snoring. They work to keep your lower jaw in a forward position, which helps keep the back of your throat open. Some mouthpieces, called Tongue Stabilizing Devices, also work to keep your tongue depressed while you sleep. These snoring devices generally have the same pitfalls as chin straps, however. They also have the potential to create excess salivation while you sleep and have even been known to alter tooth alignment and require regular follow-ups with the dentist.
These sprays claim to lubricate or reduce the lining in your nasal passage in order to stop snoring. This stop-snoring device typically contains a mixture of oils, such as menthol and peppermint, as well as water, alcohol and glycerin. However, these claims are not backed by clinical trials, and common consumer complaints include an unpleasant aftertaste and a lack of results.