There are a number of different snoring solutions out on the market nowadays, and knowing the basic ins and outs of how they work is really important. Choosing the right stop snoring remedy doesn’t have to be rocket science, but you do have a make an informed decision.
And the only way to make a truly informed decision is to do a little bit of research first. And granted, this page will not give you every single detail that you need to know to choose the best anti-snoring treatment for you. But it can help to point you in the right direction by giving you the basic essentials… which is an important first step.
So here is a basic summary of at least most of the most major anti-snoring remedies out on the market.
Tongue Retaining Devices
Tongue retaining devices are small devices that you wear inside your mouth while you sleep, that help to keep your tongue held forward. This does two things. First of all, it helps to keep your tongue pulled forward, which helps to eliminate the risk of experiencing soft-palate vibration in the back of the throat.
And secondly, it helps to keep the tongue from physically falling back into the airway and blocking it off, which can also cause snoring and/or sleep apnea.
Tongue retaining devices are one of our favorite types of products, mostly because they have been proven to work rather well in the grand scheme of things. But they are also not quite as invasive as their closely-similar counterparts, the mandibular advancement device.
Mandibular Advancement Device, or MAD
A mandibular advancement device, or MAD, is a stop-snoring mouthpiece that you place into your mouth during sleep. It looks pretty similar to a boxing mouth guard, though there are definitely more than a few differences between the two.
MADs actually use a built-in mechanism to advance the lower jawline slightly forward during sleep, which helps to open up the airway and reduce the odds of experiencing soft palate vibration. Because of their very technical design, and because they allow you to significantly change the physical shape of the soft palate both directly and to a pretty measurable degree, they are one of the more effective stop snoring treatments on the market.
But they are also a bit more invasive, as they are larger than most tongue retention devices. This is probably the biggest downside to this type of product.
Stop Snoring Chin Straps
Stop snoring chin straps are a type of stop snoring device that consists of a stretchy strap that wraps around the head and the jaw. At first glance, it might seem like this product is mostly intended to help keep the jaw closed to promote nose breathing – though they are actually doing a bit more than just this.
Stop snoring chin straps are also designed to help advance the lower jawline slightly, not so different from how an MAD would do it – though they are much less invasive, because they do not require you to keep anything in your mouth while sleeping.
The downside to this, though, is that they tend not to be quite as effective. There are a lot of different brands and versions of this product on the market, and they range in price from very cheap to expensive.
Anti-snoring pillows are a type of stop snoring product that seeks to help solve the problem of snoring by aligning the airway and reducing your odds of experiencing soft palate vibration. The idea behind this snoring remedy is simple.
The pillow is designed to cradle the head and neck in such a way as to keep the airway as tight and as straight as possible. This, in theory, is supposed to help keep the loose muscles of the airway as tight as possible, which will prevent them from collapsing in on your throat and causing a snoring problem.
Anti-snoring pillows are not necessarily the most tried-and-true remedy for snoring on the market, but they are one of the least invasive, and can sometimes do a lot of good without causing any trouble or embarrassment. They are also require no adjustment period, unlike a lot of stop-snoring products.
Stop Snoring Medications
There are several different stop snoring medications on the market, though they tend to get mixed results when compared with some other remedies. Most of these medications are over the counter, and consist of pills or chewable tablets intended to help stop soft-palate vibration.
Stop snoring medications are not always effective for everyone who tries them – but they do have their merits. They can sometimes be used in conjunction with other similar products, like throat sprays and/or essential oils, to help increase their effectiveness. Obviously, giving them a try is the best way to figure out whether or not this particular remedy might work for you.
Stop Snoring Therapies
‘Stop snoring therapies’ is a label that can be applied to pretty much any stop snoring remedy in existence. But, more commonly, it is a label specifically designated to describe aromatherapy/homeopathic treatments for snoring.
These types of therapies include aromatherapy, steam therapy, the use of essential oils, and other related products/methods.
These types of products can work surprisingly well sometimes, especially for nasal snoring. But they also have a place in treating soft palate vibration as well.
Some companies combine anti-snoring aromatherapy with essential oils that help to promote sleep and relaxation – which can be especially effective. Again, this type of treatment may not help everyone – but it certainly has its upsides.
The Pillar Procedure
The Pillar Procedure is a surgical procedure that has become quite popular for treating both snoring and sleep apnea, partly because it is simple and minimally invasive, and partly because it just works so well.
In this procedure, small rods are inserted into the tissue of the soft palate. This procedure is pretty simple, and can be done rather quickly… so it won’t keep you ‘down and out’ like a lot of surgeries will.
These rods help to stiffen the soft palate tissue, which helps to protect you from the dangers of soft palate vibration – which is a primary cause of snoring and sleep apnea.
Getting this procedure done will not necessarily guarantee that you don’t experience snoring in the future – but a lot of people benefit from it with long-term reductions (or even a complete elimination) of their bad snoring problems.
Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure Snoring Devices
EPAP (expiratory positive airway pressure) devices are devices that use positive expiratory air pressure to help fix snoring problems.
And the way that this is accomplished is quite simple, actually – despite how complicated the name might sound!
Basically, these types of products make use of the person’s own exhaled air to raise the positive air pressure in the airway. This is usually accomplished through nasal vents that allow you to inhale air normally, but that create resistance when you try to exhale.
This ‘resistance’ causes the air pressure to build up, and helps it to treat soft palate vibration by ‘pushing back’ the constrictive tissues in the lower throat. This lowers the risk of experiencing soft palate vibration – and effectively creates a similar effect as CPAP, but without the expensive machine.
Nasal dilators are a unique anti-snoring product that helps to treat nasal snoring. They basically consist of small ‘tubes’ or bits of plastic that you stick into the openings of your nasal passages. This helps to widen out the nostrils, and helps to make you feel like your airway has been expanded.
This can really help people who are experiencing congestion or inflammation in the nasal passages, as it can help to minimize blockage and help the snorer to feel like their sinus passages are being ‘opened-up’ more.
Nasal dilators do a fairly good job of treating nasal snoring. The downside to them is that they do not treat the root causes of soft palate vibration – which is the most common cause of most cases of snoring. So nasal dilators can be an inexpensive and minimally-invasive option to try at first – but they may not work for everyone.
CPAP Machines For Snoring
CPAP machines are one of the best therapies for snoring and sleep apnea – though they are usually used to treat obstructive sleep apnea, and not traditional snoring. CPAP machines get sort of a bad rap, because you have to wear a mask every night while the machine is running in order to benefit from it.
A lot of people find this too invasive, and some people even find that wearing a mask feels too ‘embarrassing’ to be a viable option. Some also complain that the sound of the machine is too loud, despite the fact that this is often much less noisy than the snoring or sleep apnea itself!
But CPAP machines remain one of the most effective treatments for obstructive sleep apnea – despite their disadvantages.
Anti-snoring sprays usually work in one of two different ways. Some of them coat the soft palate/back of the throat in an effort to make it less susceptible to catching the air, thus helping to minimize the risk of soft palate vibration.
And some actually help to reduce swelling and inflammation – which helps to give your oxygen more room to move through your throat, thus helping to accomplish the same thing, albeit in a different way.
And then, there are anti-throat sprays which combine both of these methods.
Anti-snoring sprays have gotten surprisingly positive results in clinical trials, though they are still not quite as effective as some of the other methods on this list. But they are very minimally invasive, and don’t require you to keep anything in your mouth during sleep – and that is probably what most people like the most about them.
Surgical Snoring Options In Canada
There are quite a few different surgical snoring options in Canada – and a lot of people make use of these procedures each year to help find a more permanent solution to their snoring problems.
That is the benefit to snoring surgery. The results can be more permanent, which is a good thing. The downside, of course, is that the surgery might not help. And while you only need to go through it once, it is still the most invasive option, by far – so you may go through it all for nothing if it does not end up helping you.
There is obviously a risk of failure with every method, but since surgery is the most complicated, you stand to go to the most trouble and miss out the most of it doesn’t work. And therein lies this option’s biggest downside.
Anti-Snoring vents are a type of stop snoring device that uses EPAP technology to help increase positive air pressure in the airway. These vents are usually designed to be attached to the ends of the nostrils with adhesive strips, so that they can create an air-tight seal that will prevent as much pressure-loss as possible.
These anti-snoring vents do not impede inhalation at all. But they do make exhalation more difficult. This builds up the positive air pressure, and helps to keep the soft tissues in the back of the throat ‘pushed back’ and out of the way.
Changing your sleeping position can be a surprisingly effective way to help solve your snoring woes. While this technique may not work for everyone, it can have surprisingly beneficial results.
To use this free, instant stop-snoring remedy, just try sleeping on your side instead of on your back. If you find that you tend to roll onto your back during the night without realizing it, then you may need to try propping yourself up with pillows. Some people even sew tennis-balls to the back of their shirt to help keep them from sleeping on their back while they are not conscious, which can help a lot.
Sleeping on your back is the worst position for snoring, so sleeping on your side can help to keep your soft-palate from collapsing in on itself, which is essential to a decent night’s sleep and also to avoiding problems like snoring or sleep apnea.