“Shh, stop snoring!“
Do you regularly hear this phrase in the middle of the night, usually accompanied by a good elbow from your spouse who is tired of not sleeping because of the noise?
Even worse, you are the unfortunate spouse and you can’t stand sleeping next to a plane taking off? Discover the 5 most effective anti-snoring solutions and finally get back to peaceful nights.
Why does a person snore?
A person snores when his or her airway narrows and air has difficulty getting through when breathing in. This narrowing occurs when the muscles of the back of the throat, the soft palate, the uvula and the tongue relax completely during deep sleep. That relaxation leads to these organs using up more space than they normally use during the day.
Consequences: the airways are obstructed, the air has difficulty in passing and the pharynx vibrates. It is this vibration that causes the famous snoring noise.
Did you know this? The noise varies in intensity depending on the individual, and in extreme cases can reach 100 decibels, the same noise as a truck passing on the road!
It is therefore understandable that snoring, although not serious in most cases, significantly disturbs the sleep of the person who suffers from it, but also of the person who shares his/her nights.
Night-time snoring: who are the people most affected?
Snoring is a frequent phenomenon. In the UK, according to a YouGov study, it is estimated that about 52% of adults snore. If half the population can be affected during their life, certain aggravating factors are to be noted:
- Gender: in fact, men suffer more from snoring than women.
- Age: the risk of snoring during the night increases over the years.
- Overweight: obesity is known to promote snoring and even sleep apnea.
- A malformation: a deviated septum or enlarged tonsils can be the cause of snoring.
- Consumption of alcohol or medication such as sleeping pills before bedtime.
- Smoking: smoking is sometimes responsible for chronic inflammation of the upper respiratory tract, which can impede the passage of air.
- Pregnancy: it is not uncommon for pregnant women to start snoring during the night. This is due to the sudden weight gain and the hormonal upheaval that causes the nasal mucosa to swell. Fortunately, snoring in pregnant women is only temporary and disappears after delivery.
It should also be noted that lying on the back tends to increase the risk of snoring.
What are the health consequences?
Snoring as such is not serious. It is rather its consequences that can be disabling in everyday life:
- the sleep of the spouse disturbed by the noise which can lead to relational problems (some couples go as far as sleeping in separate rooms).
- fatigue during the day, a tendency to sleepiness, reduced attention while driving…
- concentration problems at work.
When snoring is accompanied by sleep apnea
Benign in most cases, snoring can sometimes be accompanied by sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is the term used to describe “breathing pauses” of varying length during which air no longer passes. The consequences of sleep apnea are much more disabling and require medical attention.
Do you think you suffer from sleep apnea? Consult your GP who will refer you to a specialist in order to make the right diagnosis and find the appropriate treatment.
5 Proven Anti-Snoring Devices
Tired of whistling Vivaldi’s Four Seasons every 30 seconds to silence your partner’s snoring, simply for it to starts right back up again? Instead, rely on proven anti-snoring devices. I’ve put together the list of the ones I consider the most effective in the UK market today.
AirSnore is a unique product that combines both a traditional anti-snoring mouthpiece with natural drops to ease breathing. This combo is by far the best solution I’ve ever encountered.
To start with, the mouthpiece is a Mandibular Advancement Device that is tailored to maintain your lower jaw at rest position. This will perfectly prevent your snoring during night time.
But as mentioned, AirSnore is more than just a mouthpiece. The drops that you can buy alongside it work wonders in clearing up blocked nasal passages to emulate and produce and easy breathing.
The product is produced and sold by Wolfson Berg Limited, a known health company that has been around for over a decade. On AirSnore alone they boast over 80,000 happy customers.
More information: AirSnore Review
Not far behind, in the 2nd place, we have Good Morning Snore Solution. This is perhaps been the best-selling anti-snoring device in the UK over the last few years.
This devices uses yet another unique method to solve your snoring problems.
While a lot of device work by opening the jaw with hard plastic and complicated components, the simplified Tongue Stabilization Method of the Good Morning Snore Solution mouthpiece works by swiftly moving the tongue forward in order to clean the air passage, making it very efficient while providing an extreme level of comfort to its users.
This product is scientifically proven and backed by a series of clinical studies. And while some anti-snoring apparatuses have no evidentiary fact to back their efficiency, Good Morning Snore Solution has gone through a series of tests to bolster its efficiency.
A randomized, controlled, crossover study published in medical journals some years ago, has stated that Good Morning Snore Solution fundamentally eliminates snoring.
The mouthpiece can last up to one year. However, it may still vary and dependent on the customized use of each individual.
More information: Good Morning Snore Solution Review
Snore Meds is an anti-snoring mouthpiece that uses state-of-the-art design and fit.
It is destined to help you stop snoring and live a life without any interruptions during sleeping hours. It is easy to use and very comfortable.
Their product is designed to meet the needs of both men and women. It comes in two different sizes with similar purpose and efficiency.
As a perk, they also have a money-back guarantee for forty-five (45 days). In the event that you do not like the product and even if you already use it, you can still return the product and you will get a full refund.
More information: SnoreMeds Review
VitalSleep is a brand from the USA.
This type of device paves the way for enhanced breathing and efficient sleeping time. It addresses your snoring problem so you will wake up feeling recharged and rejuvenated.
VitalSleep anti-snoring device is available in two sizes; the regular size for men, and the small size for women. This is FDA approved for more than seven years and you can buy it for only $59.95. But if you are planning to buy 2, you can only get it for a whopping $99.95.
With VitalSleep, you will attain quality sleep that will enhance your memory and focus. It will also boost up your daily performance and modify your mood and energy; thus, reduce accidents. Overall, one will maintain a healthy way of life.
More information: VitalSleep Review
SnoreRx is also made in the USA.
It carries three basic principles in looking for the best anti-snoring devices in the market.
- Full breathing, which helps you in allowing the air to pass through your air passage in a V-flow design.
- Custom impression, which uses thermal compression that supplies a custom fit to provide an optimum level of comfort.
- Contemporary Adjustment simply uses a state-of-the-art calibration system to adjust the mouthpiece to the desired size. With an increment of one millimetre, it can easily be reset.
More information: SnoreRx Review
Whatever solution you choose, make some changes in your lifestyle, such as:
- eating lighter meals in the evening
- avoiding alcohol before bedtime
- stopping smoking
- losing weight
By adopting these good habits and using the anti-snoring devices mentioned above, you should quickly improve the quality of your sleep… and relieve the one who shares your nights!