Anti-snoring devices are great options for snorers; they work to open your airway to make it easier to breathe through your nose. Around 40% of UK adults snore, making it a common issue affecting millions nationwide.
Snoring occurs when the air can’t move freely through your nose, and the muscles in the throat relax and loosen, narrowing the airways. This process causes the throat tissues to rattle and vibrate, creating the snoring sound. Snoring can be down to various reasons, differing from person to person. For some, it’s down to anatomy, weight, nasal congestion or sleeping position.
How do anti-snoring devices work?
Various anti-snoring products are designed to suit different snoring severities and personal preferences. Here’s how the most popular devices work:
Mandibular devices: Mouth guards or Mandibular Advancement Devices (MADs) are small oral appliances. They pull your tongue and jaw forward, creating more space in your throat and keeping the airway open. They can be easily moulded to your teeth and are clinically proven to reduce snoring.
Nasal dilators: These small nasal prongs sit inside the nasal holes and open the nasal passages. The dilators make breathing through your nose easier, so you are less likely to snore. This popular anti-snoring device is easily customisable for a comfortable fit.
Nasal strips: Snoring is often caused by congestion, restricting airflow through the nose and causing you to snore. Nasal strips are flexible bands that gently open the nasal passages to relieve congestion. The small strips stick to the bridge of the nose to stop mouth breathing.
Positional therapy – There are various types of positional therapy, they include:
Somnibel positional sleep therapy: The Somnibel is a small device worn on the forehead that vibrates when you roll over onto your side. The light vibrations do not disturb your sleep, making it a simple way to stop snoring.
Anti-snore belt: The anti-snore belt works similarly to the Somnibel by creating light vibrations when you turn onto your back. The soft belt material makes it comfortable to wear all night long.
Anti-snore pillows: The pillow is designed for positional snorers, who only snore when sleeping on their backs. The anti-snore pillows feature cut-outs to encourage you to sleep on your side. The curves keep your head tilted to the side, preventing you from rolling over and keeping your airway open. Studies have shown that sleeping on your side can reduce the compression of the airways, stopping snoring.
Nasal irrigation: For many snorers, it is caused by congestion; using a nasal irrigator to flush out your sinuses can stop you from snoring. The SinuPulse Nasal Irrigator uses a natural saline solution to rinse the sinuses quickly.
How do I know I’m snoring?
Most people are told by friends or family if they snore. However, there are some ways you can determine if you are a snorer without being told by someone else:
- Waking up with a dry mouth can be an indication you are snoring as you have been breathing through your mouth.
- Halitosis (bad breath) is a sign you are snoring as snorers breathe through their mouth, decreasing saliva and drying out the mouth.
- If you wake up tired, this can be a result of chronic snoring breaking your sleep cycle.
- Brain fog and poor concentration can be due to snoring, as it causes broken sleep.
Snoring or Sleep Apnoea?
1 in 10 people who snore have the sleep condition Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). The condition causes you to stop breathing during sleep due to an airway obstruction caused by the relaxation of the throat muscles.
Snoring is one of the most common symptoms; if you think you could have OSA, our In-Home Sleep Test is a quick way to find out.