Anti-snoring sprays are an interesting product that hasn’t quite picked up as much steam as some other stop snoring products, and for understandable reasons.
Article at a Glance:
- 1 How Are Anti-Snoring Sprays Meant To Work?
- 2 Do We Believe That Anti-Snoring Sprays Work?
- 2.1 Who Should Use This Product, And When?
- 2.2 Who Should Not Use This Type Of Product?
- 2.3 Research the Ingredients
- 2.4 Make Sure You Use Verified Websites for Your Research
- 2.5 Scientific Studies
- 2.6 What About Customer Testimonials?
- 2.7 What to Look Out For
- 2.8 Anti-Snoring Sprays Can Work
- 2.9 Final Thoughts
The basic concept behind it is simple. There are several different versions of this product out on the market, but they are all pretty much designed to do the same thing. You are supposed to be able to spray them into your throat before going to sleep, and they are supposed to help keep you from snoring.
That’s it. That’s the basic premise.
A lot of these products are natural and/or homeopathic. So you will see a lot of essential oils used with these types of sprays. But, that is not always the case, either. There are two basic different types of anti-snoring throat sprays, and we will talk about both in this post.
How Are Anti-Snoring Sprays Meant To Work?
These types of stop-snoring products basically work in two different ways. The first kind is the type that coats the throat to help prevent soft palate vibration.
Soft palate vibration occurs when the soft tissues in the lining of the throat partially collapse-in on the airway during sleep. Then, when the person breathes, the passing of the air causes these loose tissues to vibrate – which causes the sounds that we know as ‘snoring.’
So coating the soft palate, to make it less susceptible to catching the air, can make a difference.
And the second type is the type that seeks to shrink swelling/inflammation. There are different versions of both types of sprays on the market, and some that incorporate both methods into one spray.
But both of them are designed to treat the root causes of soft palate vibration – which is what causes most of the snoring in the world. And both have been met with pretty decent results.
Do We Believe That Anti-Snoring Sprays Work?
Anti-snoring sprays have a relatively good track record… though they do tend to fail more often than some other types of devices. Mandibular advancement devices and tongue retention devices, for example, can tend to work better than anti-snoring sprays. So can lifestyle changes, such as losing weight and eating a healthier diet.
But – with that being said… it is also true that sprays are unique in that they can be used in conjunction with a lot of other different types of methods. If you are in the process of losing weight, for example, but still need some snoring relief in the interim… then anti-snoring sprays can do a lot to help.
They can also help if you are currently using a mandibular advancement device… but need just a bit more help.
So yes, they do work – though, as a standalone product, they are not necessarily our favorite option.
Who Should Use This Product, And When?
Anti-Snoring Spray can pretty much be used by any adults. It is not recommended for use in children, though some types might be natural enough that even children could use them. One thing to watch out for is the ingredient list. It is worth a look to make sure that you don’t have an allergy to any of the components used to make the throat spray before you use it, just to avoid suffering from some type of allergic reaction.
As for when you should use it – you would need to use it any time that you are going to be sleeping. For best results, it would serve to use it after you are done eating and drinking for the night, as these activities can disrupt the effectiveness of the method.
Who Should Not Use This Type Of Product?
Children, people allergic to any of the main ingredients, or people who are sensitive to throat sprays, should probably not use this product. Anyone else should be able to use it without a problem.
Women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should also check the label of the individual product in-question to make sure that it is safe for them.
Research the Ingredients
Since snoring sprays are actually going into your body when you use them, you should always check the ingredient lists for each one. Naturally, the ingredients will vary by product… and they will vary even more in different categories. You can expect to find very different ingredients in a decongestant than what you would find in a lubricating spray, etc.
But as a general rule, here are some guidelines that you should follow when researching any anti-snoring spray.
- Get a copy of the ingredient list. If you can’t find it online, email the company directly and ask for it
- Beware of companies that won’t show it to you because of a ‘proprietary formula’
- When you get the ingredient list, make a note of any ingredients that you don’t immediately recognize
- Research each one of these ingredients. Check them for side-effect information and warnings. Also, make note of any clinical studies performed on the ingredients.
You will rarely find commercial products that contain actual dangerous ingredients. The media blow-back on such a thing would be catastrophic to the company. But then again, homeopathic products are rarely policed… so it is always a good idea to make sure that the product does not contain anything dangerous, especially if it is brand-new to the market.
Doing your own research does take time, but it is certainly time well-spent.
Make Sure You Use Verified Websites for Your Research
When conducting research, it is really important to make sure that you are using actual, verified websites for your research. We really like WebMD.com, mostly because WebMD gets every article verified by a doctor before they publish it.
Just make sure to use actual, verified websites before you make judgments about any particular snoring spray. There are a LOT of homeopathic websites out there that have no scientific backing whatsoever… and taking advice from these types of websites can lead to you getting the wrong messages about things that you put into your body.
Needless to say, the homeopathic community and the scientific community do not always see eye-to-eye… and we believe that it is vitally important to trust in science when trying to decide whether you should actually use something or not.
Granted, anti-snoring sprays are maybe not as big of an issue as, say, actual tinctures of products that you plan on ingesting… but they still go into your body. And as such, they are products that you should at least check out and research before you use them.
There is one study, called Treatment for snoring. Combined weight loss, sleeping on side, and nasal spray, where a combination of weight loss, sleeping on one’s side, and a nasal decongestant was said to significantly reduce the frequency of snoring in asymptomatic men who snored heavily.
In this study, the decongestant used was a nasal spray.
In another study, called Popular snore aids: do they work, 3 popular noninvasive snoring treatments were tested and compared. These treatments were: an oral spray lubricant, a nasal strip, and a head-positioning pillow.
According to the results of the study, there was neither objective nor subjective ‘benefit’ to the use of ‘tested popular noninvasive snore aids.’
In other words, they were shown not to be effective enough to notice a difference without other aids being used at the same time.
One common theme among studies done on anti-snoring sprays is that the sprays do not usually tend to work very well when used on their own. They seem to work much better when used in conjunction with other anti-snoring methods… like weight loss, anti-snoring mouthpieces, etc. One thing to notice is that, in the study where the 3 different noninvasive snoring treatments were tested and compared, the type of snoring spray that was used was a lubricating spray.
This is different from a decongestant. This type of spray is sprayed into the throat to lubricate it… thereby, attempting to help air move through the passage more easily, without causing as much vibration. But this type of spray does nothing to increase the amount of room in the upper airway, either.
Decongestants, on the other hand, are used in the nostrils. They seek to eliminate congestion, which does help to make more room in the airway. Anti-inflammatory products (usually essential oils) can also create more room by reducing inflammation.
The amount of room created by such products is small when you compare it to the kind of room created by anti-snoring mouthpieces like an MAD. But still, they are creating room nonetheless.
This could be one reason for why lubricating throat sprays don’t seem to work as well without the aid of other anti-snoring products.
What About Customer Testimonials?
One thing that may throw you for a loop if you are researching throat sprays is the conflicting nature of studies and customer testimonials. If you get on YouTube, you will find all kinds of video testimonials where customers will talk about how these products helped them to stop snoring… despite the fact that medical studies seem to indicate that this is not what usually happens.
We like to look at YouTube reviews because they are much more difficult to fake than written reviews. Written reviews can be generated by anyone… but YouTube reviews take time and effort to create and upload. It just seems far easier to get honest feedback from YouTube videos than through written reviews!
So we took a look at some YouTube reviews, and found that at least a few people had reported a positive experience with anti-snoring sprays.
What is going on with these?
There are actually two different possibilities.
1… Some people may be experiencing a legitimate ‘placebo’ effect
2… Some people may actually be experiencing a positive result
Placebo effects can happen. And to be really honest, a lot of ‘alternative’ products that don’t actually work may rely on this. But it also seems undeniable that at least some people see results from the use of these products… and that cannot be ignored either.
The only way to know for sure if a particular product may work for you is to give it a try.
We feel that anti-inflammatory sprays and decongestants are more likely to work than lubricating throat sprays. But you never know when a product might work unexpectedly.
What to Look Out For
If you do end up using an anti-snoring spray, you may want to pay attention to how you are using it as well. Are you just using it by itself? Are you using it in-conjunction with other products?
If you are experiencing positive results, then it may be important to try to understand why you are experiencing them. If you are experiencing them just because of the throat spray, that is one thing. But if you are experiencing them because of using a throat spray and another method together, you may want to try performing a test.
1… Use both products for two weeks
2… Use only the throat spray for two weeks
3… Use only the other product for two weeks
4… Use no product for two weeks
Keep a daily record to track your progress. Include items like…
- Did your partner hear you snore?
- Did you feel well-rested?
- Did you have a headache when you woke up?
- How often did you wake up throughout the night?
- Did you wake up gasping or air, or feeling like you couldn’t breathe?
- If possible, record yourself sleeping to hear if you snored (there are cell phone apps that can do this)
If you keep records like this, you should quickly become aware of what exactly is helping you to get rid of the snoring problem. Keep in mind that, sometimes, people may think one thing is helping when it is actually something else that is doing most of the work.
This is what makes scientific studies so valuable. Our subjective opinions are often biased without us even knowing that they are.
Anti-Snoring Sprays Can Work
It might sound like we are saying anti-snoring sprays cannot work. But that is not true either.
Scientifically speaking, they are far less effective than mandibular advancement devices or tongue stabilization devices. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t still work!
This really all comes down to the individual. It depends on your situation, your environment… even your own personal weight and the shape of your own anatomy!
Some people just simply have more severe snoring problems than others. But… this doesn’t still mean that a spray can’t help you.
The only way to know for sure, though, is to give it a try. That is really how it goes with any snoring product. Each different product has a certain number of benefits that may be a perfect fit for you… but it is really hard to say one way or another unless you actually give it a try.
Trial and error is really the only way to know for sure if any particular product is actually going to work for you!
Anti-Snoring sprays are not one of our more favored product types on the market – but they do have their merits. We are much bigger fans of products like the MAD, or the tongue retention device. We also feel that basic lifestyle changes could do more for most people than throat sprays.
But… they are certainly not without their usefulness, and while they may not be our favorite type of product on this site, they do have their place. They can be a great supplemental product, and some people actually use them and manage to make them work rather well, depending on the situation.
If you are wondering if a throat spray might do the trick for you, then you should probably pick one up and give it a try. They are pretty inexpensive, and some even come with a money back guarantee – so you won’t be out much cash, and it could prove more useful than expected.