There are plenty of products and solutions out there designed to help you stop snoring. But are they any good?
Here’s a brief overview of some popular anti snoring devices, how they claim to work—and reasons why they might not.
Mouthpiece, Mouth Guard
The claim: Mouthpieces (also called mouth guards or jaw advancement devices), such as the Snoremender, pull your lower jaw forward as you sleep, which opens your airway and stops snoring.
The problem: You’ve got to wear this thing inside your mouth. “After a few days you will hardly notice it!” claims the Snoremender’s website, but personally, I think I’d keep noticing a big hunk of plastic jammed between my teeth.
The claim: Similar to a jaw advancement device, a chin strap (such as those sold on SnoringSolutionSite.com) adjusts the angle of the jaw to keep the throat open, but rather than pulling the jaw forward, it holds it closed.
The problem: While at least one study has demonstrated that this product sometimes works, the chin strap on SnoringSolutionSite.com will run you $90. Such a price tag might be a bigger problem than your snoring.
The claim: As SnorePillow.com explains, “The Snore Pillow™ is designed with a reinforced head and neck roll causing the throat to open the airway passage.” I guess they mean if you sleep on it right, it keeps your throat open.
The problem: You’ve got to sleep on it right. If you toss and turn at night, your $220 pillow could wind up on the floor, doing nothing. And yeah… did we mention you’ll be shelling out $220 for a pillow?
The claim: Wearing a ring (that’s shaped just right!) on your left pinky finger can help you stop snoring, thanks to the interconnectedness of the body’s nerves, as discovered by the ancient Chinese art of acupressure.
The problem: While acupuncture can ease pain, snoring is not a pain problem—it’s generally a mechanical problem, caused by some physical constriction of the airways. And if your snoring is physically painful, you need to see your doctor for a solution, not buy some little ring.
The claim: “When you’re awake,” explains BreatheRight.com, a purveyor of throat sprays and nasal strips, “air flows freely through your breathing passages. But at night, nasal passages become dry and vibrate.” So wetting your passages will stop the snoring.
The problem: Dryness is not necessarily what’s causing your nasal passages to vibrate.
The claim: “Nasal strips gently open nasal passages so you can breathe through your nose and close your mouth, reducing snoring,” BreatheRight.com says. Since nasal strips are their flagship product, perhaps these will be more effective?
The problem: Nasal strips may open the nasal passages, but don’t forget what they said in your biology class from high school—the mouth and nasal passages connect in the back of the throat. So if your snoring problem is based somewhere in your throat, these won’t help either.
The claim: Taking certain supplements will reduce congestion and inflammation in the nose and throat, opening up your airways and reducing snoring.
The problem: If you’re not congested to begin with or you already take allergy medication, additional pills will accomplish nothing.
The claim: Short for “Continuous Positive Airway Pressure”, CPAP machines work by blowing a gentle stream of air into a user’s airway via a face mask, thus keeping the airway open.
The problem: In two words? Patient noncompliance. For whatever reason, a lot of people have trouble using these correctly, and you might wind being one of them.
Are Any of These Snoring Devices Worth It?
Snoring can be caused by different things in different people, so one of these snoring devices may in fact work for you. Unfortunately, there’s no way to know until you try—and some of the tries may cost you.