What is Snoring?

Snoring is the resulting sound of the occluded air movement while sleeping caused by the vibration of respiratory structures. The sound is soft, but most of the time it is loud and unpleasant.

Snoring can affect the quality of sleep and leads to problems such as drowsiness in the daytime, irritation, and lack of concentration. Studies reflect that loud snoring is directly proportional to the risks of heart attack and stroke. The chances are 34% and 67% respectively.

The consequence of snoring isn’t limited to the snorer only, and it’s a major problem for the people sleeping next to them. Lack of proper sleep makes them irritated as well.

Causes of Snoring

  • The weakness of throat due to which throat closes during sleep.
  • Mis-positioning of the jaw.
  • Accumulation of fat in and out the throat
  • Obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Sleep deprivation.
  • Blockage existing in the nasal passageway.
  • Alcohol, drugs or other relaxants which are responsible for relaxing the throat muscles.
  • The habit of lying on one’s back, which may cause the tongue to drop to the end of the mouth.

What do Anti-Snoring Devices do?

Anti-snoring devices help to keep the airway open to mitigate or eliminate snoring because snoring happens because of the narrowing or obstruction of the airway.

Best Anti-Snoring Devices:

There are plenty of products available on the market but here are some of the best anti snoring devices:

#1. Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD)

Sometimes snoring occurs because the tongue comes out while sleeping. This obstructs the airway and leads to vibrating sounds. A MAD (Mandibular Advancement Device) can be the perfect solution to this problem. It holds the lower jaw and prevents it from dropping down. MAD keeps the jaw in the right position and provides a smooth passage for air to pass through.

#2. Nasal Sprays

If you suffer from nasal allergies, you may treat the problem with nasal steroid sprays that have a non-sedating antihistamine. You can buy them from any medical store in your neighborhood. If the problem remains uncured, your nose will remain blocked, you’ll breathe through your mouth and as a result, you will snore.

#3. Nasal Dilator & Nasal Strips

It is observed in some people that their nostrils collapse while they are breathing through the nose. To know if you belong to the same species, you can take a simple test. Stand in front of the mirror, take a deep breath and make a rapid sniff (keeping your mouth closed). If your nostril collapses, a Nasal Dilator could be brought to use. It is a tiny and 'springy' device that unblocks the nostrils. It makes the breathing process easy and prevents unwanted noises.

For those who do not prefer having something inside the nose, an alternative to the Nasal Dilator are Nasal Strips. They are flexible bands fixed over the nose. The bands attempt to keep the nose in the original shape by holding the flare of the nostrils. It helps to keep the air passage clear and facilitate proper breathing.

#4. Chin Straps

Chin straps are fastened under the chin and are self-adhesive tape strips and work by keeping the mouth closed during sleep.

#5. Vestibular Shield

This plastic device prevents snoring. It is to be fitted inside the mouth to obstruct airflow through it and promote nasal breathing.

#6. CPAP Machine

Some people have obstructive sleep apnea that ranges from moderate to high. It is the ultimate solution to your problem. A research study involving 15,325 patients was conducted between the years 2008 and 2016. It was found that those treated with CPAP showcased reduction in daytime dizziness. There was an improvement in their mood, quality of life and effectiveness at work.

The device allows a continuous airflow via a mask. A snorer is supposed to wear it over the face, covering the nose and the mouth. As soon as snoring begins, the machines increase the pressure of air to counter the problem.

Snoring can disturb your life cycle by preventing you from getting a decent night sleep. These snoring devices can help you get that precious sleep and hence have the energy required the next day to face every challenge that comes your way.

Author's Bio: 

Umar Bajwa is a blogger and professional content writer loves to write about lifestyle, fitness and health related topics.