Having problems because of snoring? Having caused problems because of your snoring? There a lot of products available in the market today that can help you with that. This article runs you through a quick view of those products. In whatever way snoring has caused you trouble, read on and gain some knowledge that will help both yourself and concerned loved ones.
Stop Snoring Products To Get Rid Of The Two Types of Snoring
Primary snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Primary snoring is the common type which most probably puts a picture in your head when you hear the word snoring. It is the production of loud (usually annoying) sounds during sleep without cessation of breath. Cessation of breath, a huge health risk, is known as apnea. OSA happens when the airway is severely blocked that the person sleeping is no longer able to breath. Sleep apnea is a life-threatening ailment that doesn’t always cause snoring. The primary symptom of OSA is daytime sleepiness. It is linked to premature death, ischaemic heart disease, hypertension, and stroke. People who suspect OSA should consult a physician for treatment recommendations.
Here is a run-down of stop snoring products and background information to pack yourself up with so you can choose one.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Appliances (CPAP)
The continuous positive airway pressure appliance or CPAP is a specialized sleeping mask which is connected to a pump that applies pressure through the mask in order to keep the throat open. It is the first choice for physicians when it comes to treatment of OSA. This product is effective with continual use.
Several studies show that the use of CPAP, by people with moderate to severe sleep apnea, improve on their measure of sleepiness—hence the quality daytime life and mood. CPAP also helps lower blood pressure.
CPAP is less convenient to use than most stop snoring mouthpieces but it is so far the most efficient in keeping the air passage open during sleep. However, a number of patients find the treatment uncomfortable. These patients discontinue use of CPAP after a year, some even less than a year. CPAPs cost $1000 to over $3000.
Stop Snoring Sprays
Sometimes snoring is caused by the inflammation of the nasal passages. At times it is due to a blockage caused by increased mucous. When this happens, an option is to use a nasal spray which provides temporary relief. Price of nasal sprays range from $5 to $30.
Nasal sprays, although commonly advertised with phrases such as “moistening the airway” or “softening tissues,” are by far the least effective among stop snoring products available in the market. Snoring caused by a complication in the nasal passage is rare. Most snoring isn’t caused by neither dry throats nor tough tissues. Snoring is usually caused by the relaxation of the tongue and lower jaw, which fall back during sleep.
Most stop snoring spray products, with long-term use, damage soft mucous membranes and sometimes lead to heart arrhythmias or holes in the nasal septum (divisor of the two nostrils). Nasal sprays can also be addictive.
Since snoring is usually caused by the falling back of the tongue and lower jaw, to elevate the head is a good solution to stop such sleep disturbances. Although probably the least advertised, one of the best stop snoring products is the adjustable bed. Elevation of the head helps keep the tongue and lower jaw from falling back against the uvula.
A study made by the Vancouver Sleep & Breathing Center shows that sleeping with the body elevated at 30° relaxes the diaphragm which helps keep the air passage open.
An adjustable bed has a multi-hinged bed surface which can be adjusted to numbers of different positions. Common profiling of adjustable beds includes inclining the upper and lower bodies independent of each other. One common feature of this stop snoring product is height adjustment. Adjustable beds range from $800 to $1000.
Stop Snoring Mouthpiece
There are three types of oral appliances available in the market which promise to reduce snoring: the tongue retaining device, the appliance with a tongue-retaining flange, and the MAA or mandibular advancement appliance. However, only one of the three is considered by most to be safe and effective. The first two hinders the sleeper’s swallowing ability when asleep. Flanges can also cause impediment of small upper nasal passages. This is a huge risk for users with OSA.
The mandibular advancement appliance or splint is worn like a mouth guard. The mandibular advancement splint helps stop snoring by forwarding the lower jaw slightly, tightening tissues and muscles of the upper nasal passage to prevent impediment of the nasal passage during sleep. The tightening caused by the MAA stops the tissues of the nasal passage from vibrating when air passes (the cause of loud, annoying, sleep disturbing snores).
The mandibular advancement appliance is available over the counter or custom made by dental professionals. Custom made devices are more expensive but are generally more comfortable, durable, and adjustable. MAA prices range from $50 for over the counter devices to $2000 for custom made splints.
Stop Snoring Pillows
Pillows can are also specially designed to function as an anti-snoring product. The middle area of the pillows where the head is placed is thinner than the pillow’s other parts.
Usually, snoring is caused simply by improper sleeping positions. To sleep properly stops snoring. The pillow helps by aligning the sleeper’s head to the spinal cord and by keeping the chin elevated, away from the chest. This enables quiet breathing.
Stop snoring pillows are commonly made of foam. Construction of such pillows makes use of design elements that helps the user to sleep lying sideways. This stop snoring product’s price ranges from $23 to $70.
Nasal Valve Dilators
Nasal valve dilators are effective but only for the primary type. It does not work for people with obstructive sleep apnea.
There are two common types of this anti-snoring product. The first one is the nasal valve strip which costs around 80 cents per strip. This adhesive strip is worn on top of the nose bridge during sleep. There are three disadvantages to the use of this device: First, the strips cannot be reused. Second, it can fall off when sleeping. Third, the adhesive can irritate the skin.
The second type of nasal valve dilator is a flexible type of plastic. The ends of this piece are inserted into both nostrils. This type of stop snoring product is not only relatively painful and uncomfortable; it also requires to be replaced many times in a year. This device costs around $20 apiece.