Nasal dilators are a relatively well-known type of stop snoring device, mostly because there has been a lot of effort lately to advertise them better. They usually consist of small, short, circular plastic ‘tubes’ that may or may not be connected to each other, depending on the brand of device… but usually they are connected via a little bitty piece of plastic, which is intended to avoid allowing them to become separated.
Nasal dilators are best well known for how they ‘dilate’ the nasal passages. This means that they open them up, thereby allowing you to breathe better. They are intended to help with your snoring problem in a few different ways, and are pretty common.
One of the biggest upsides to this type of device is how inexpensive and accessible they are. You can buy a generic version of them, at least, almost anywhere. And since they are so small, they are also quite affordable in most cases.
But, they are typically only helpful for treating nasal snoring – which is a bit of a downside.
How Are Nasal Dilators Meant To Work?
This is a pretty simple product, to be honest. They are meant to be inserted into the nasal passages, just enough to widen them out. This allows more air to pass through, and should make you feel much less ‘congested’ or ‘restricted’ in your breathing.
Nasal dilators are designed to do two things.
First of all, they were designed to help promote nose breathing… which is pretty important. It is much healthier to breathe through your nose during sleep than through your mouth… and this type of product makes that much easier to do.
And secondly, they help to widen out the nostrils enough to help stop (or reduce) any instances of nasal breathing that might occur.
Unfortunately, this is also one of the downsides to nasal dilators. They help to treat the root causes of nasal snoring – but not the most common type of snoring, which is soft palate vibration.
This means that, while they may always help, by helping to promote nose breathing, they might not do the trick in every case… especially among those who are snoring due to soft palate vibration.
Do We Believe That Nasal DilatorsWork?
Nasal dilators definitely have their place. They are not perfect, and they do not help in every case. But they do boast a rather impressive range of interesting benefits – and some of these benefits make them quite an interesting product to at least try.
First of all, some of them are pretty cheap. Secondly, there are a lot of different versions of this product available on the market. Third, they are super small and portable. Fourth, they are extremely easy to use.
They also really do help to promote nose breathing – and might be an awesome choice for people who are suffering from allergies or some other kind of nasal congestion. If you are tired of not being able to breathe through your nose as well as you would like, then they can actually do you a lot of good.
But alas – they do not have quite as good a track record when it comes to the practice of actually treating snoring. They can work well in conjunction with other types of products, but they do very little to help treat any of the root causes of soft-palate vibration – which makes them far less effective than a lot of other products on the market.
Who Should Use This Product, And When?
The best candidates for Nasal Dilators are people who want an easy-to-use stop snoring remedy, but who don’t want to skip right to more intense types of products, like MADs or tongue retention devices. Nasal dilators may not work for everyone – but they can offer an inexpensive, minimally invasive option that you can try before moving on to more extreme types of products.
In this sense, a lot of people will try this type of product before graduating to something more invasive or expensive… just in case they do the trick.
Who Shouldn’t Use This Type Of Product?
People with sensitive nostrils will probably not like this type of product. They are also typically not supposed to be used by children or teenagers. If you suffer from soft palate vibration, then you can use this type of product – but it may not work.
If you fear that you might be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, then you might want to forgo this option and make an appointment with your doctor to discuss clinically-proven treatments.
We don’t like this option as much as we like some of the other options in our list. But there are also worse alternatives.
Nasal dilators are a simple idea, and while they do not work for everyone, a lot of snorers can find them at least helpful – if for no other reason than for the fact that they can really help to open up the nasal passages.