Here you’ll find some of the most up-to-date and comprehensive insights available into everything you need to know about the products being marketed today to help you combat sleepless nights due to snoring.
But before we go any further perhaps we should make sure of one thing: Are you a snorer who needs help? Well, the best way to determine that is by answering a few simple questions:
Is each morning a struggle against feeling exhausted?
Do you tire quickly, particularly in the afternoon?
Is it difficult to think clearly?
Do you feel older than you actually are?
Has your sex drive all but disappeared?
If you answered yes to any, some, or all of those questions then it’s of the upmost importance that you recognize that you have a real problem, one that is well documented, peer assessed, and diagnosed as a medical condition by countless doctors, specialists and scientists.
But what is equally important is that you know that a supporting hand is available to help you tackle something that can be detrimental to both your life and the life of those around you.
Snoring has been proven to reduce a person’s sex drive, impair mental function and is noted as being a significant causer of daytime sleepiness, all of which, if left unattended, can do serious damage not only to your health but to both your personal and professional relationships.
But before we start becoming too concerned, worried and upset about the possible consequences of noisy sleep episodes there’s one thing I really want you to understand:
You are not alone and you can put an end to snoring problems and claim you life back!
Over half the world’s population experiences some level of snoring at some point in their lives and it may help you to know that I once had a very serious snoring problem. And here’s where I hope you can begin to see some light at the end of the tunnel, because if someone like me had a problem, well, there simply has to be a solution for you, too.
Believe me, my problem brought me to the lowest point I’ve ever been and I hope to make you see that it’s time for you to know something: You don’t have to keep fighting a losing battle against the demoralizing effects of snoring anymore.
You don’t have to go through what I did.
Why? Because I’ve been there, made the mistakes and suffered, and that’s why I have published this site, to show you how easy it is to break free from the clutches of poor quality sleep caused by something that is usually manageable, even preventable.
Finally it is time for you to rest easy and rejoice in the knowledge that there are effective aids that will take on your snoring.
By simply reading the detailed information provided on this site I believe you’ll find the right device for you in the fastest and most efficient way there is. So what are we waiting for? Let’s look at the main types of snoring solutions available.
The first choice for many snorers – and arguably the most successful category on the market today – is the mouthpiece.
They are an established technology, have little to no negative side effects, and some are even put through their paces via clinical trials before release.
Mouthpieces are one of the most established and proven devices around. Doctors, dentists, and developers alike have had a lot of time to get any kinks worked out, which can only be a good thing for us, the consumer.
Read more: Choosing the Best Anti-Snoring Mouthpiece
Chin straps are an older type of snoring solution which are similar to jaw retaining mouthpieces in terms of how they achieve their objective.
Very simple to use and wear they typically go under your chin and round the back – or over the top – of your head. They are often made of nylon, neoprene, or a similar material.
The comfort level of chin straps is almost always determined by the materials used, so some will obviously feel better than others.
While this solution can be effective for some people there are a number of problems to watch out for, including having your mouth completely closed –not good if your nose is blocked – and slippage of the strap if you are a restless sleeper.
Read more: Anti-snoring Chin Straps: Do They Work?
One kind of snoring solution that has come and gone many times is the anti-snoring pillow.
With this kind of snoring solution the goal of the pillow is to position your head and body in such a way that your airway is kept open as much as possible and free of obstructions.
Basically, anti-snoring pillows just try to position everything perfectly. However, this idea is better in theory than it is in the real world. There are a few anti-snoring pillows that seem to be mediocre in function, but for the most part they are a letdown.
Anti-snoring nasal devices can be very hit or miss. There are a variety of nasal devices available, ranging from adhesive-strips to insertable nasal-cones.
They can help those people who snore because of nasal obstruction, but if you don’t fit into this category of snorer then I am afraid you are out of luck.
The only other real use for nasal products such as these is when you have a blocked nose due to either having allergies or a cold.
CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure.
If you have never had to experience sleeping with a full CPAP setup, then lucky you, because although it leaves no questions about its effectiveness, it tends to leave users very unhappy.
This system was originally developed to treat sleep apnea, which is sometimes referred to as OSA.
Using a CPAP system to prevent snoring is a bit like buying a new car because you have a flat tire. It’s just overkill. However, for those afflicted with OSA sometimes, unfortunately, there’s simply no other choice.
Read more: CPAP System: Suiting Up For Sleep
Yes, there are actual medications on the market that are sold as solutions to keep you from snoring; however, they may not be exactly what you were hoping for.
These are not prescription medications that have been extensively studied, tested, and proven to be effective; instead anti-snoring medications are usually homeopathic remedies that come in the form of a spray or pill. These sprays and pills usually aim to either reduce inflammation in the throat or nose, reduce mucus, or both.
The problem? They do not address any of the main reasons as to why the vast majority of people snore.
Solutions of this type can be useful if you have a cold, or if you are snoring because of allergies, but beyond that their usefulness is extremely limited.
There are a variety of different surgical procedures available that are intended to eliminate or reduce snoring.
Surgical procedures are typically aimed at reducing the size of any structures in or around the airway that have been deemed too large.
Of course for the right person – suffering very particular issues – surgery can be a good option, but procedures of this nature tend to be used as a last resort for those with serious problems because the treatment is obviously not without risk.
Read more: Anti-Snoring Surgery: Going Under the Knife?
With the growth of the internet in recent years it has become easier and easier for people to sell just about anything they want.
While this has led to an abundance of quality products being offered as great solutions to various problems it has also led to more scams and junk being put forward as the answer that unsuspecting consumers have been searching for.
Things like anti-snoring watches and anti-snoring rings are some of the most frequently seen solutions that fall into this category, so luckily they are pretty easy to spot. Plus, if you go by the old maxim: If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is, then you’ll stay clear of scams, junk and rip-offs.
Supposed solutions in this category will always fail to provide proof that they reduce or stop snoring. Many of them make miraculous claims while providing intricate theories about how they work, but the sad truth is that they often fail the most basic of tests and can even be dangerous.
Just to be absolutely clear, any snoring solution that fits into the hocus-pocus alternative category, and not into any of those outlined above it, are destined to be pretty much useless. The reasons for this are described below through the explanations outlining what the causes of and solutions for snoring are.
Typically mouthpieces are one of the most effective snoring solutions available.
These devices more-or-less deliver instant relief, so long as you choose a high quality product that suits your particular needs, and by the time you’ve read this article I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll know which device is best going to help you –or at the very least have a solid understanding of what the alternatives are.
When it comes to snoring treatments, mouthpieces are, in my opinion, pretty much in a class of their own. There really is nothing else like them and you’ll soon see why.
However, if there is one important point to take note of before we proceed, it is that there are two very different variations in this category, not only in shape and size, but in the way they actually take on a person’s snoring. Of course both are designed to deliver noiseless sleep, but one of them, in my opinion, works much better than the other.
The first is called a Jaw Retaining or Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD).
The second is called a Tongue Retainer or Tongue Retaining Device (TRD).
Tongue retainers – although classified as mouthpieces – take a very different approach to snoring problems than that of their competitors, but more of that later, because right now we are going to take a more detailed look at jaw retainers or MADs.
These devices act to move your jaw into a position that can reduce or stop snoring. When you sleep it is very easy for your jaw to fall down toward your chest, something that will often result in your airway being obstructed.
If you are a back-sleeper this is even more likely to happen. Wearing a MAD positions your jaw so that it doesn’t fall so readily towards your chest, which greatly reduces the chance of your airway becoming partially blocked or narrowed.
Although a very simple device in terms of its approach there are a few things to be aware of if you’re new to these kinds of products.
Many MAD’s use a standard procedure to help with each individual person’s fitting and comfort: The boil-and-bite process.
If you aren’t familiar with the boil-and-bite process, you simply drop the device into a pot of boiling water for a few minutes so as to soften the parts of the device that come into contact with your teeth.
Then you take it out and let it cool down to a safe temperature whereupon you put it in your mouth and bite down. This causes the material to mold round your teeth.
As a rule of thumb anytime you see the word “thermoplastic” mentioned you can safely assume that there is a boil-and-bite fitting process involved but I think it’s important to note that although it may be a procedure you are not used to that it really is very straight forward.
Devices that reposition your jaw often lack any sense of glamor and the majority of people with a gag reflex can choke on the device the instant they put it in.
Sometimes people who wear them cannot even relax enough to drift off to sleep. However, due to recent technological advances and redesigns some MADs now offer a greatly improved experience to users by having added features such as micro-adjustment capabilities and the option to purchase them in different sizes.
The reason they work (for those who can sleep with one) is that they set the jaw in place, an action that prevents loose tissue around the neck from vibrating. The tongue, also held in place, is kept from falling back into the throat; another major cause of snoring.
From a personal point of view stress of any kind at bedtime never works out well for me and MADs can really stress me out. The ‘intrusive’ feel of these devices is one of the biggest reasons some people cannot sleep while using them. Again, the newer designs have dealt with the issue of bulkiness to a more satisfactory degree but I think it important that you recognize the genuine risks that you face if you are still thinking about using a MAD.
You must recognize the genuine risks that you face if you are still thinking about a MAD.
You should expect some soreness in your jaw and mouth for the first week or two if you start using a jaw retainer as it does take a little while to get used to something else being there.
If jaw pain, another issue associated with this kind of device, lasts longer than a week or two then you need to proceed carefully, if at all as it can result in long-term health problems.
MAD’s are known for causing jaw and facial pain. This is because they cause you to bite down on them while using them.
Once you think about the way it works this is pretty obvious. The long periods of muscular tension these devices cause will most likely lead to pain for anyone who wears them for any length of time.
During sleep your body should be relaxed. When you don’t get a chance to do that, whether it’s one muscle or your entire body, problems can start to develop.
This may not seem like a big deal but it can be. Not being able to relax can lead to issues such as a change in the alignment of your face and mouth. It even used to be common to develop an overbite from using a device like this.
Also, if you have any kind of noticeable gag reflex you will probably not have much fun with this kind of oral device.
This kind of solution actually used to involve a lot more risk, but improvements in design and sizing have really cut down on the number and severity of problems people experience.
Since the advancement of these devices’ design side effects have been becoming increasingly manageable. The improvements in materials and the newer adjustment features are what have really helped.
The most comfortable MAD’s on the market today are adjustable, preferably micro-adjustable with increments in mm. Some modern devices even have visible measurement scales to keep track of your adjustments. Not so long ago this was unheard of. In fact, micro-adjustments, visible measurements, and locking-mechanisms are all still fairly new developments.
The amount of adjustment a MAD offers is directly proportional to how safe it is. That doesn’t mean that a MAD without an adjustment feature will definitely cause problem, but more adjustment is unquestionably better than less. Just remember, the more you can customize this kind of device the safer and more comfortable it is.
I strongly recommend avoiding any kind of outdated jaw holding devices for all the reasons above. Modern MADs are virtually free of the issues that users of older designs had to deal with. Chronic facial pain and jaw displacement problems are now a thing of the past and should stay there.
Aside from the possibility that you might spend a lot of money to get and fit a custom MAD, you will find lots of real health risks associated with using outdated ones.
When I say outdated, I mean going to your dentist and getting one that looks like it should belong to a teenager with crooked teeth from the 1970s.
There is no reason to pay thousands of dollars to get a mass of hard plastic and wires, when modern designs are readily available, work better, and can be custom fitted in your home.
One thing I would like to mention before moving on is bruxism, or teeth grinding. If you also have a problem with grinding your teeth at night then a jaw holding appliance can kill two birds with one stone.
Not only will it keep your teeth safe from destroying themselves but it can also keep you from snoring.
All said and done: When considering MADs just be sure to get a device that is up to current standards and has an adjustment feature, preferably one with increments in mm.
TRD’s are something of a second-generation device. In my opinion these little gadgets are significantly better when compared to those devices in the jaw retaining category.
TRDs work by pulling your tongue forward very gently while you sleep. There is no force placed on your jaw or face when using one of these devices.
That is one reason why there is virtually no safety risk with this kind of mouthpiece in terms of jaw or mouth alignment.
One reason that TRD’s prevent snoring is because they fight the natural tendency for the tongue to fall back into the throat. While sleeping, depending on your position, gravity can cause your tongue to fall back, partially blocking your airway. This constriction of the throat can then cause snoring but the gentle forward pull –created by TRDs– prevents this kind of problem from occurring.
Some people snore directly because of their tongue, but others just benefit from having their tongue moved into position.
Repositioning your tongue can really open up your airway. When you think about it this makes sense because your tongue is one of the biggest things inside the mouth.
When you put the biggest thing inside your mouth in the ideal location then things will be bound to improve – even if there are other factors that contribute to your noisy sleep episodes.
Relaxation is not something that should be overlooked when choosing a snoring solution. TRDs allow you to fully relax at night because there is no need to bite down.
In fact, you would really have to try to bite a TRD because most of them have very little contact with your teeth.
The main reason these devices are significantly more comfortable is because they allow you to really relax, as you would naturally. And because of this their effectiveness is significantly increased.
There is another important reason this choice is considerably more comfortable. TRDs do not fit over your teeth like a jaw retaining device. This not only makes them look completely different it also makes them much easier to use.
If it hurts to use something, even if it does everything else it is supposed to, it gets hard to use after a while. This is even more important for things that you use while you are sleeping, especially if it sits in your mouth like a MAD.
TRDs are usually made of silicone or some other very soft plastic, whereas some old school MAD’s were made of nothing but hard plastic and wire!
Something designed to prevent snoring should only be made of soft plastic or other comfortable materials so that it does not irritate your tongue or other parts of your mouth.
The entire jaw-tension problem is a thing of the past when you use one of these. This kind of solution usually just slips over the tip of your tongue while the rest of the device will rest on the outside of your lips.
This is where tongue-retaining devices really shine. The highest rate of effectiveness is claimed to be at least 80%, with roughly half to two thirds of those actually eliminating their snoring problem entirely. That’s pretty impressive compared to any of the MADs available.
A lot of people start researching TRD’s because they want to find something that will keep them away from a CPAP system.
For years CPAP systems have been a last resort for those with sleep apnea. They are kept as a last resort due to their high costs and the serious problems that can be associated with them, such as the commonly experienced anxiety and panic attacks.
However, some sleep apnea sufferers have been able to switch from a CPAP system to a TRD and that for me is solid proof of how effective this solution can be.
But do be aware that there are tons of anti-snoring oral appliances on the market and not all of them work effectively, please be sure to read my reviews so that you don’t have to find out for yourself which ones are junk after you’ve bought them.
Oh, and just one more tip, do be aware that the most expensive solutions aren’t always the best. Please… Trust me on this one!
Out of all the options available the tongue-retaining device is my preferred snoring solution. I have tried just about everything out there –that I am aware of– and I know exactly how effective, or ineffective, each one is.
Please be sure you read my post about the Good Morning Snore Solution, it completely solved my snoring problem and even to this day I continue to use one. Additionally, it just happens to be at the top of the list of the best TRDs.
One unique advantage of TRDs is that they are so economical because they deal with multiple causes of snoring at the same time. Other treatments frequently concentrate on only one aspect of the problem. The same can be said of TRDs, but since the tongue is so large –compared to other structures in the mouth– the way in which it is held in position usually compensates for any other issues that might be making you snore.
This solution even offers help to those that sleep with their mouth open. Again, the TRD will keep you from snoring by keeping everything in the proper place.
If you don’t believe me close your mouth tight and try moving your tongue without moving your jaw or facial muscles. You can’t do it can you? Now do you see what I mean?
This very easy exercise clearly demonstrates that TRDs can be a very effective answer for many people. I’m not trying to make it out to be some sort of miracle; it simply works very well in a variety of situations.
It’s important to know that gagging can be very dangerous, so please be careful and be sure to know what kind of breather you are. If you cannot breathe through your nose because of allergies, sinus problems, or a cold, then do not use a mouthpiece until you are better.
Trying to sleep with something in your mouth when you are congested is just a bad idea. You are just asking to suffer from the gag reflex all night, a really horrible way to spend even the shortest time in bed.
Again, I’m speaking from experience so please: Don’t use them if you are unable to breathe through your nose. If you are blocked up, you can try using nasal strips, or something similar to help you until you recover.
Overall I believe anti-snoring mouthpieces really are a brilliant choice: A choice that can really work wonders. People using mouthpieces usually see more of an overall improvement than those using other kinds of devices.
Many people are happy to report a great improvement on – or even a total removal of – noisy sleep disturbances when employing this kind of solution.
In fact, it is by far my favorite treatment for a whole range of snoring issues, and you’ll discover more reasons as to why this is in my articles about other choices.
Mouthpieces are effective, cost efficient, comfortable, and long lasting and that’s just a quick list of some of their benefits off the top of my head. Some other kinds of products on the market cannot lay claim to even the most basic of these essential features.
The tongue-retaining device is easily the most effective snoring remedy available. Personally I use the Good Morning Snore Solution, so if you want to see my full review of this great device please follow the link provided.