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.
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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.
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.