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Do Anti-Snoring Devices Really Work?

Updated July 18, 2019

There are few things more annoying than being woken up by the sounds of your partner snoring in the middle of the night. Although snoring is unintentional, it can still become a constant aggravating factor in the bedroom that could even put a strain on a relationship. Snoring can happen to anyone and at any stage of anyone’s life, but this doesn’t mean all is doomed if you or your partner start snoring.

There are plenty of ways to help ease the snoring sounds and promote better sleep for all parties involved. That said, there are plenty of devices that help prevent snoring, but do they really work? Keep reading to find out the most effective products you can use to reduce snoring and get a more restful sleep.

SnoreRX

The SnoreRX is a mandibular advancement device (MAD) that goes inside the mouth to help ease the vibration of snoring by allowing airflow to go in through your mouth. The SnoreRX allows an open airway through the throat to help prevent snoring from narrowed airways. With your mouth partially open, you can breathe more comfortably through it and not have to worry about constricted airflow which leads to snoring.

Benefits of the SnoreRX

The SnoreRX is beneficial because it’s easy to use and effective. Since this is a boil and use device, meaning that you boil it in hot water in order for the adhesive to become pliable to your own teeth, the fit will be custom tailored to your mouth and prevent tooth movement. The inside materials of this device cushion the teeth while parting them to keep the airflow going. The SnoreRX can also be adjusted to provide a smaller or wider gap in between teeth depending on preference.

The device itself is adjustable by 1mm increments so you can ease into the adjustments instead of having to deal with a “one size fits all” sort of anti-snoring device. This device also prevents constant pressure or torsion within the jaw.

Downsides to the SnoreRX

Some of the downsides to the SnoreRX heavily have to do with comfortability. Some people just feel strange having something in their mouth that manually keeps the jaw open. This could just be a matter of getting used to the device over time. If you’re willing to give it a try, it could prove to be very beneficial.

Another downside is the fit. Since this is a boil and wear device, if you don’t press down hard enough the first time, the device may be prone to shift at night, especially if you’re an individual who grinds their teeth. In order to prevent any slippage, make sure you follow the directions correctly and leave a strong imprint on the device.

CPAP Machines

CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines are commonly used for sleep apnea. These devices utilize a hose and a mask or even a sort of nosepiece to send steady flows of air into the airways. Since sleep apnea and snoring are almost always correlated, these machines help prevent these symptoms and promote a more restful sleep due to the constant airflow.

Benefits to CPAP Machines

Since CPAP machines help ease sleep apnea and snoring, these devices are perfect when dealing with these two commonly associated sleep problems. CPAP machines are easy to use since most of these machines utilize masks. The masks can easily slide on and off and come with an adjustable strap, so you can make it as secure as you need it to be.

With the continuous airflow, snoring sufferers will find relief due to the strain being taken off the soft palate located in the back of the throat. This will provide a more rhythmed sleep and ultimately lead to less waking up in the middle of the night due to loud snoring. Here’s a nifty pros and cons video of CPAP machines to help you come to a decision.

Downsides to CPAP Machines

Some of the downsides affiliated with CPAP machines include the slippage. If the mask isn’t on properly or if you’re an individual who moves around in their sleep a lot, there’s a possibility that the mask will not cover your nose and mouth properly. But then the mask will typically stay on even in the event of falling off the nose/face.

Some other downsides associated with CPAP machines include a leaky mask, stuffy nose, and dry mouth. Since there is so much airflow associated with these machines, the mouth and nose can dry out easily. In order to reduce these downsides, the mask can be adjusted to disperse a smaller amount of air. Some people also may find the mask too uncomfortable to sleep in, though it will take some adjusting.

Chin Straps

Chin straps can come in handy when you’re looking for an easy way to reduce snoring without paying too much. The chin strap is basically self-describing itself. It is literally a strap that encircles the head and sits right below the chin in order to prevent snoring. It’s a simple way to stop the snoring but also a really effective way since the mouth remains closed and no noise can escape.

Benefits of Chin Straps

Chin Straps are a great, cheaper way to stop the snoring without having to worry about masks or other devices. This is probably a good “starter” way to attempt to stop the snoring before advancing to anything else if need be. Chin straps are not only a more comfortable way to ease the snoring, but they are also easy-to-use.

Acting as a sort of hammock, these straps will secure the jaw in place, creating an ideal situation for a sound sleep. The straps are meant to be comfortable, so the odd feeling of something foreign on the face should dissipate relatively quickly.

Downsides to Chin Straps

Although chin straps are meant to be more comfortable, these still can slip. If you move a lot on your sleep, especially, the strap can easily become displaced and slide off the face and/or head. In order to reduce this from happening, chin straps can be purchased in different sizes and some can even be adjusted.

Another downside to the chin strap is that common feeling of uneasiness. Anytime something foreign is on the face or head, it will take some time to adjust. Giving it adequate time will prove worthwhile if the chin strap is the best possible device for you to use to eliminate snoring and provide a more restful sleep

Who Should Consider Anti-Snoring Devices:

 

Straps/Mouthpieces

 People who grind their teeth

 People who wake up tired

 People who only snore sometimes

 

CPAP Machines/Airflow Devices

 People who regularly snore

 People who suffer from sleep apnea

 People who wake up several times throughout the night

Conclusion

So, what do you think? These are just a few devices you can use to help eliminate snoring. The preference really needs to lay on the user, and some adjustments and time may be needed in order to use these devices to their fullest potential.

So, do you have any experience with any of these devices? We’d love to hear from you! Let us know about your recommendations or experiences in the comments. Who knows, maybe your next restful night will depend on one of these great devices!