There are many types of stop snoring devices available to help users to eliminate or reduce the annoying and disruptive snore sound during sleep. In this article, we will review snoring, the causes of snoring, and then outline the types of snoring devices that are available on the market.
Summary: Information on how to stop snoring, snoring remedies, snoring solutions, snoring mouthpieces and mouth guards, apps, and other snoring tools.
What is snoring?
About 50% of the population snores. So, chances are, that you are very familiar with the sound of snoring.
Snoring is simply the sound of resistance and turbulence in the upper airway. Contrary to popular belief, the sound of snoring does not come from the nose. Rather, snoring starts in the back of the airway. Behind the tongue, the oropharynx may become constricted during sleep.Why do people snore?
During sleep, the muscles that keep the upper airway open and patent relax. This is more prominent during REM sleep, or dream sleep, when muscles are most relaxed. As the airway gets smaller, air turbulence increases. The soft tissues in the back of the throat vibrate. This is what causes the snoring sound.
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What risk factors increase snoring?
Age – As we get older, we are more likely to snore.
Sex – Men are more likely to snore than women.
Weight – There is strong correlation between BMI, weight/obesity and snoring.
Body/Neck position – Snoring often occurs more often, or louder in the supine position – sleeping on the back. For some people, sleeping in the lateral position (on the side), alleviates snoring
Alcohol – Drinking alcohol increases the likelihood and intensity of snoring.
Sleep Apnea vs. Snoring?
If you additional symptoms, such as excessive daytime sleepiness, or witnessed pauses in breathing, or loud gasping during sleep, discuss with your doctor.
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Treatments, Cures, Remedies, Pillows, Products, Devices for Snoring
There are several treatments for snoring. Some work for some. Some don’t.
A few things that can reduce the occurrence of snoring include:
– Losing weight if overweight.
– Sleeping on the side position – avoiding the supine/back position
– Avoiding alcohol and other sedatives
– Surgery involving the upper airway is often effective as a cure for snoring. Experience Ear Nose Throat ENT surgeons trim or tighten the soft tissues in the back of the throat. As with all surgeries, there are risk with this surgery. And success is not guaranteed. The name of one of the surgeries is uvulopalatopharyngoplasty or UPPP.
There are numerous products on the market that advertise snoring cures. Some of them work. Many of them do not work. What works for one person, might not work for another.
Some of the products that are available are:
Oral appliances – most are ‘boil and bite’ devices that conform to the mouth after heating the boiling water and biting down. Many of these devices work by bring the lower jaw (mandible) forward relative to the upper jaw (maxilla). These movement opens and widens the upper airway behind the tongue. Devices that are custom made by experienced dentists are often more effective than over the counter devices, and often have the ability to be adjusted for performance.
Nasal strips – there are small studies that demonstrate some improvement in snoring using these strips. Larger studies are recommended.
Pillows – Pillow that extend the neck may be beneficial in widening the upper airway and reducing snoring.
CPAP – or continuous positive airway pressure is common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. This treatment is often effective at reducing snoring by pushing air into the back of the throat. Insurance usually does not cover this treatment unless the diagnosis of sleep apnea has been confirmed.
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Many over the counter snoring devices and treatments are offered. Talk to your health provider and dentist before seeking treatment. Dentists create custom snoring oral appliance devices.
Many insurances will not cover the cost of a snoring oral appliance. The cost of some devices are $1600.
A dental impression kit is often used by dentist for bite registration. Follow the simple instructions and bite down on the bite kit. A sleep-dentist professional will create the oral appliance specifically for your mouth.
Many snoring devices are not indicated for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.
Other Snoring Devices
There are other technologies that are being pursue in order to stop snoring. These include non-mouth based treatments like snoring apps, stop-snoring pillows, snore-detecting inflating devices that move the body from the back position, and other digital sleep devices. Most of the non-contact digital devices and inflating or wedge tools aim to nudge the sleeper from being supine (sleeping on back).
For decades, sleepers have used the tennis ball shirt – having an annoying ball tethered on the back of the shirt to prevent supine sleep.
Novel mattress technologies are now adjusting the head of the bed in order to shift the body from the supine position when snoring is sensed.
Surgeons are also developing snoring devices to prevent snoring that go beyond the removal of extra tissue in the back of the throat.
With half of the population snoring, there is much demand from snorers and their bed partners for solution to this worldwide problem. As new technologies are discovered in other fields, there will certainly be new applications and novel snoring devices that are developed.