Checklist when you buy a device to stop snoring (2021)

Why would you need a device to stop snoring?

Over half of the population snores at one point in their lives. Snoring has an impact on your own health and that of your loved ones. Helping people to stop snoring is a medical process because snoring can have many causes, and most of the time it’s a combination of some. When looking for a device to stop snoring read below takeaways and an in-depth article.

Snoring disrupts the partner’s sleep

Unfortunately, there is no one way to stop snoring that always works, so there is no universal answer to the question “How can I stop snoring?”. Snoring can have multiple causes and there are many possible solutions. Here are five medically proven approaches that can help combat snoring.

Tip 1: Better Breathing through the Nose

Poor nose breathing is rarely the only cause. Snoring often occurs in the back of the throat (solutions: anti-snoring mouthpieces) or in the transition area between mouth and throat (solution: snoring mouthpieces). Still, poor nose breathing is one of the main causes of snoring. Simply put, you will certainly not get rid of your snoring with a stuffy nose.

First Choice for Better Nose Breathing – Use a Nasal Dilator

Nasal dilator somnipax breathe
An easy way to reduce or stop snoring yourself is to use a nasal dilator, also known as nasal openings or snoring clips. An easy way to reduce or even stop snoring is to use a nasal dilator, also known as nasal vents or snoring clips. Nasal dilators improve breathing through the nose, which in turn reduces snoring. They consist of two small plastic tubes connected by a bridge (the shape varies by manufacturer). The tubes are gently pushed into the nostrils. The nasal passages are supported in this way, and the nasal walls cannot collapse or shrink as a result. You breathe more freely. In medical terms, the dilation process is called “dilation,” which is why nasal dilators are also referred to as “dilators.”

An alternative to nasal dilators are nose strips, which are attached to the outside of the bridge of the nose and enlarge the nostrils that way. They can be almost as effective as nasal dilators. However, the glue on the adhesive strip can cause an allergic reaction to the nasal skin. In addition, nasal dilators can be used multiple times (while nasal strips are disposable).

How a stuffy nose causes snoring
Imagine your lungs are the vacuum cleaner, your airways are the hose, and your nose is the vacuum cleaner mouth. If it is clogged, a vacuum is created in the hose, because the vacuum cleaner continues to suck. This can squeeze the hose and cause a sucking sound. If your nose is blocked, the same will happen to your airways. They contract and the tissue in the throat area begins to vibrate and make snoring noises.

Free airways
Tip 2: Do not breathe through your mouth while sleeping
The most common cause of snoring is mouth breathing while sleeping. But breathing through the mouth doesn’t just cause snoring, it’s also less healthy than breathing through the nose. That is why it is even more important to do something about this form of snoring.

Mouth Snoring Avoid – Use an Anti-Snoring Mouthpiece

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The most effective way to combat mouth snoring is to use a mouthpiece
With an anti-snoring mouthpiece, you cannot breathe through your mouth while sleeping and your body will automatically switch to healthier breathing through the nose. Such a mouthpiece resembles a mouthpiece that boxers use. It is placed between the lips and teeth and gently attached to the upper teeth. Mouthpieces are very thin in design and comfortable to wear. It’s too big to accidentally swallow while sleeping (so there’s no risk of choking either).

An alternative to an anti-snoring mouthpiece is a chin strap, which is fastened around your chin and on top of your head. This puts pressure on the fabric because it is made of elastic material. Thanks to the chin strap, the chin cannot move down while sleeping, so your mouth will not open either. Chin straps have two drawbacks. If you are lying on your back, the band will likely push your chin down and narrow your airways. As a result, snoring can get worse. Second, a chin strap cannot prevent you from breathing through the corners of your mouth (a common way to breathe through the mouth).

How Breathing Through Mouth Causes Snoring
Imagine the tissue in the back of your oral cavity as the sail of a ship. When the wind blows against it, it makes a flapping sound. For mouth snoring this means: When the inhaled air (“the wind”) blows against the loose tissue (“the sail”), the tissue vibrates and you start to snore.

Snoring is like a sail flapping in the wind
Background Information: Why Is Breathing Through The Nose Healthier Than Breathing Through The Mouth?

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Breathing through the nose is the natural, physiological form of breathing. It is much more effective in filtering dust, microbes e

n germs. In addition, breathing through the nose always ensures that the air is at body temperature before it reaches the lungs. If the outside air – on its way through the nose – is cold, then it is heated up, and if it is too hot, it is cooled and humidified at the same time. Breathing through the nose also increases the oxygen level in your blood by 15%, so that the organs are better supplied with oxygen and the body recovers better: so you rest better, while breathing through the mouth a dry mouth, bad breath, inflamed mucous membranes and cause tooth decay.

Tip 3: Sleep on your Side
The second common cause of snoring is when your tongue relaxes and lands in the back of the throat and blocks your airways while you sleep. What can you do against this form of snoring? Since the problem occurs when you are lying on your back, it is easy to fix. Try to sleep on your side (ideally) or on your stomach. Position therapy (position trainers) can help you get used to not lying on your back but on your side.

Position Trainers Can Help You Sleep On Your Side

SomnoCushion Backpack
As an alternative to an anti-snoring backpack, position trainers, and vests against snoring, you can also try changing the sleeping position with the help of a snoring pillow. They are pillows with an elevation in the middle, which makes your head uncomfortable when you sleep on your back and your head turns to one side or the other by itself, so you end up sleeping on your side.

As an alternative to an anti-snoring backpack, position trainers, and vests against snoring, you can also try changing the sleeping position with the help of a snoring pillow. They are pillows with an elevation in the middle, which makes your head uncomfortable when you sleep on your back and your head turns to one side or the other by itself, so you end up sleeping on your side.

How Does Sleeping on the Back Cause Snoring?
Think of your tongue as a great avalanche. If an avalanche hurtles down and blocks the entrance to a tunnel, for example, it is almost impossible to enter or exit the tunnel. Something similar happens with tongue snoring. If the airways (“the entrance to the tunnel”) are blocked by the relaxed tongue (“the avalanche”) that has entered the back of the throat, then little air can pass through the small opening (= the entrance to the tunnel is blocked). When the airways are completely buried, the air can no longer flow. In the case of tongue snoring, this problem can occur if the airways are completely blocked and the patient is suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Tongue avalanche causes snoring
Tip 4: Change the Position of your Jaw
A relaxed tongue is the second most common cause of snoring: If the tongue gets into the back of the throat while you sleep on your back, it causes tongue snoring. In that case, the problem can be solved by moving the lower jaw slightly forward, for example with the help of an anti-snoring mouthpiece (also called a snoring mouthpiece).

Important: the anti-snoring mouthpiece must fit comfortably

Anti-snoring mouthpieces can be roughly divided into two categories: one-piece braces and two-piece braces. So-called monoblocks consist of one piece that can be individually adjusted (by making an impression of your teeth). They are rigid, which means that once formed, there is no adjustment and no lateral movement of the lower jaw. Two-piece snoring mouthpieces consist of two separate parts – for the lower jaw and for the upper jaw. Both parts can be adjusted to your jaw, after which they are connected with each other with flexible rubber bands. They allow lateral movements of the mouth, which significantly improves wearing comfort.

Both types of snoring mouthguards k (one- and two-piece) gently push the lower jaw forward. This puts some pressure on the tongue muscles and the tissues of the lower jaw and airways. The airways at the back of your throat widen, allowing you to breathe in and out better. Dentists refer to pushing the lower jaw forward as “protrusion,” and these types of mouthpieces are therefore also known as “protusion braces”.

Tip 5: Train Your Palate
Any kind of snoring is always related to weak tissue. Relaxed tissue in the mouth or throat begins to vibrate when air passes through it. Of course, this is more likely to happen if the tissue is loose and untrained, rather than tight. Strengthening your tongue muscles in particular can effectively reduce or even eliminate snoring. There are a number of solutions and exercises to achieve this.

Ways to Train Muscles and Tissue

Faceformer Anti-Snoring Trainer

What can you do against snoring that occurs in the transition area between the oral cavity and the throat (so-called mouth snoring)? Pine treek especially to strengthen the muscles around the lips and mouth, for example by means of a FaceFormer method, with which you can train the muscles in your mouth in such a way that you keep your mouth closed at night. In addition, with this device you train the muscles in the oral cavity, which strengthens the tissue. If you snore because your tongue sinks into your throat, the DragonPearl method may be the best choice for you. With this method, you train the muscles at the bottom of your tongue and the tonsillar ring. The tongue muscles cannot relax enough to allow your tongue to sink into your throat and block all or part of the airways. And so snoring can be prevented. Both training methods require patience and discipline for the desired result.

20+ Facts About Snoring:

  1. Snoring is generally more common in men.
  2. More than 45% of men snore, only 25% snore in women
  3. A snorer can sometimes produce up to 100 decibels. That sound is comparable to the sound of a chainsaw or a concert.
  4. The older you get the higher the chance to start snoring
  5. Snoring can be hereditary. About 70% of snorers have a familial predisposition to snoring.
  6. After the menopause, the percentage of snoring women is roughly equal to the percentage of snoring men.
  7. In US alone more then 90 million people snore
  8. Sleeping on your back increases the risk of snoring.
  9. The three main causes of snoring are smoking, obesity, and alcohol use.
  10. More than half of the snorers unconsciously suffer from poor sleep.
  11. Snorers are at an increased risk of developing sleep apnea.
  12. Snoring can cause complaints such as headaches, concentration problems, high blood pressure and stress.
  13. 45% of people are not satisfied with his or her sleep
  14. Snoring can decrease when you have lost a lot of weight
  15. 40% of the partners of a snorer speak of a less good relationship because of the sleeping problems.
  16. 85% of men exceed the limit of 38 decibels, which is comparable to the noise of a highway.
  17. Men snore almost twice as hard as women.
  18. Snorers are up to 3x more likely to have health complaints / problems than non-snorers.
  19. More than 25% of snorers sleep separately from their partners.
  20. 30% of all people are concerned about their sleep.
  21. The snoring sound is caused by air currents that cause vibrations in the soft parts of the nose, mouth, and throat.
  22. The harder one snores, the greater the risk of obesity.