Stop snoring chin straps are a fairly straightforward anti-snoring product that have found an interesting place in the niche. Basically, they are a piece of fabric (usually stretchy and durable) that stretches around the jaw and around the head, as if to keep the mouth closed.
Article at a Glance:
- 1 How Are Anti-snoring Chin Straps Meant To Work?
- 2 Do We Believe That This Method Works?
- 3 Who Should Use This Product, And When?
- 4 Who Should Avoid This Type Of Product?
- 5 Why Are There So Many Different Types of Anti-Snoring Chin Straps?
- 6 Should You Buy the Expensive Version, or the Cheap Version?
- 7 How To Choose the Right Chin Strap For You
- 8 Are Chin Straps Scientifically Proven to Work?
- 9 Is It Safe to Use an Anti-Snoring Chin Strap With Other Stop Snoring Devices?
- 10 What Are the Odds That an Anti-Snoring Chin Strap Would Work for You?
- 11 Final Thoughts
Many of them are adjustable, and fasten with Velcro to stay tight. They are designed to be worn during sleep to help prevent snoring (we will talk about how they accomplish this in just a minute), and are, in general, a pretty low-maintenance snoring remedy.
Some of them have holes in the sides for the ears to pop through. But some do not have ear holes. There are quite a few different types on the market. Some are more generic, and some are more like name-brand products. They also range in price… with some of them costing over $100.
How Are Anti-snoring Chin Straps Meant To Work?
The basic idea behind the stop snoring chin strap is that it is supposed to work by keeping the lower jaw closed and pulled forward. This helps to treat the root cause of what they call ‘mouth snoring,’ which is soft palate vibration.
When snoring occurs in the back of the throat, what is really happening is this. The soft, loose tissue of the soft palate can tend to relax even more during sleep, which can make it hang down and obstruct the airway. This means that the air must flow through faster, which results in a motion that vibrates this tissue. This is what actually makes the sounds that we associate with ‘snoring.’
The stop snoring chin strap, however, is designed to do two things. First of all, it was designed to keep the lower mouth closed during sleep, thus preventing mouth breathing. And secondly… it was designed to help keep the jaw pulled forward slightly… which helps to open up the back of the airway by keeping the tissues of the soft palate pulled just a little bit tighter.
By combining these effects, the stop snoring chin strap is supposed to help prevent (or at least lessen) incidences of mouth snoring.
Keep in mind that mouth snoring is a bit different from nose snoring. Nasal snoring is less common, but the stop snoring chin strap device does not help that type. In fact, it might make things worse if you snore through your nose, by not allowing you to breathe through your mouth.
Do We Believe That This Method Works?
The stop snoring chin strap certainly has some evidence to support it… but it is also a less technical method than a mandibular advancement device, or a tongue retention device. The stop snoring chin strap basically attempts to use the same basic logic to solve the snoring problem as these other types of devices… but it does so in a less-technical way.
Because of this, it is not quite as efficient.
But, this also comes with some upsides. It is also much less invasive, because it does not require you to put anything in your mouth.
This, in itself, is enough of an upside to make it appeal more to some people.
Overall, we like this type of product if you are not interested in an MAD or a tongue retention device. It isn’t quite as good, but it will sometimes help to accomplish the same thing… depending on the case.
Who Should Use This Product, And When?
Anyone over the age of 18 should be able to use this product. There isn’t much that is dangerous or risky about this one. It is surprisingly low-maintenance, so pretty much any adult could use it. People who are nasal snorers, however, will probably notice that this product might make sleeping more difficult.
Also, the main point of the product is that you would tend to use it at night, while sleeping.
Some people say that anti-snoring chin straps are quite comforting to wear, and we can actually vouch for this. They kind of hug your head, which is nice.
You may or may not consider that a ‘bonus upside,’ but it is still something to keep in mind!
Who Should Avoid This Type Of Product?
People under the age of 18, and people who tend to nasal snore, are really the only people who probably shouldn’t use this product. As this can be difficult to figure out for some, you might need to just give it a try and see if it works for you.
You might also not be a huge fan of this product if you don’t want to wear a chin-strap to bed.
With how the stop snoring chin strap works, it doesn’t really allow for mouth-breathing during sleep. This is good, in one sense, as mouth breathing has a reputation for being closely associated with snoring. But on the other side of the coin, some people literally cannot breathe very well through their nose during sleep. So for these people, the anti-snoring chin strap is not likely to provide the most favorable of outcomes. It may result in a feeling of ‘stuffiness,’ or even feelings of claustrophobia if the person using it has a difficult time breathing through their nose.
So that is certainly something to consider.
Why Are There So Many Different Types of Anti-Snoring Chin Straps?
There is a truly daunting array of different anti-snoring chin straps available online.
But why? Why are there so many? Are they all the same, or do some actually work better than others?
We’ve done quite a bit of research into this, and have discovered that, while there are some differences between different chin straps, most of them actually accomplish pretty much the same thing. The differences do help to appease individual preferences, at least to a point… but in the end, stop snoring chin straps are pretty much designed to hold your jaw closed while you sleep. And that doesn’t require anything truly fancy.
Now, with that being said, you will likely notice that the price range of different chin straps is quite large. You can buy generic-brand chin straps online for less than $30 in some cases… but there are also name-brand products that sell for over $100!
Is there any reason to buy name-brand when you can buy something generic for far less?
Should You Buy the Expensive Version, or the Cheap Version?
As a general rule, we usually prefer the name-brand versions of anti-snoring products… mostly because they tend to pack in a lot of quality for the price. There is also something to be said for longevity. In our experience, premium-grade name-brand products tend to last longer.
And this seems to be the case with anti-snoring chin straps as well.
We’ve tested a few different types, and there is a difference. The more expensive versions are usually made from higher-quality materials, and have subtle design differences that make them more comfortable.
But… still, with that being said, the cheaper versions often work almost as well, if not as well, as the name-brand.
Our general recommendation is to buy a cheaper anti-snoring chinstrap first, just to see if it might do the trick and help with your snoring problem. If you can avoid buying the more expensive types of products, why not go with something cheaper?
We also, however, believe that your odds of success will be a bit higher with a name brand device… so that is also something to take into account.
How To Choose the Right Chin Strap For You
The best way to choose the best chin strap for you is to read reviews, conduct Google searches, and look at several different models before settling on one that really catches your eye. We’ve actually posted reviews for a few different chin straps on our website, including the SleepWell Pro and the MySnoringSolution. These are not your only options, but they are two of our favorite chin strap devices.
Review the features, check out what kind of a guarantee they offer, and look at the reviews. A bit of research should yield information that will help you to make the best, most informed decision.
We always recommend trying out anti-snoring devices that come with a money back guarantee first, for obvious reasons. It is always better to have the option to get your money back for a product that didn’t work for you! Thankfully, a lot of chin straps offer this perk… which is good.
Are Chin Straps Scientifically Proven to Work?
There are actually quite a few studies that give us insight into how well chin straps work for snoring.
One of the more commonly quoted studies is one called The Efficacy of a Chinstrap in Treating Sleep Disordered Breathing and Snoring. This study basically explored whether or not chin straps could serve as a potential alternative to CPAP. The study actually raises some serious questions about the effectiveness of chin straps overall. In the study, chin straps were found to not be a feasible alternative to CPAP. They also didn’t work to relieve snoring or Obstructive Sleep Apnea on their own.
But… with that being said, there are also other cases where chinstraps were reported to work. Take the study Treatment of Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome with a Chinstrap as an example. It was published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, and detailed how a chin strap was used to successfully treat not only snoring, but also OSA in a 75 year old retired physician. Of course, this is a paper that only really talks about evidence of a single case… but still, evidence is evidence.
So, the jury is out on whether or not anti-snoring chin straps are actually effective from a scientific point of view. It could be said that they only work in some cases, for some patients. It could probably also be said that they are not a definitive treatment option, as they do not work for everyone all the time. But… it could also definitely be said that they are worth a try, as they are absolutely useful in at least some circumstances.
Unfortunately, this is more of a ‘trial and error’ kind of product.
Is It Safe to Use an Anti-Snoring Chin Strap With Other Stop Snoring Devices?
This is a great question, and the answer is usually a yes. While chin straps may not have a ton of evidence supporting their ability to solve snoring problems on their own, they do offer some unique advantages when paired with other snoring therapy options.
For example, some people use them in conjunction with CPAP masks to help keep their mouth closed while they sleep. They can also be used in conjunction with a Tongue Retention Device or Mandibular Advancement Device to help keep the devices from falling out of the mouth during the night.
Some people even use them to help support the use of products like anti-snoring throat sprays.
Obviously, the results will vary based on the specifics of the situation… but in some cases, pairing a chin strap with a different product can actually help a lot! One of the more common side effects of MAD use is that they can tend to fall out during the night. Sometimes, people get used to the devices and this stops happening. But if you never manage to stop your mouthpiece from falling out during the night, a chin-strap could serve as a remedy to prevent the problem.
This would help to make the MAD even more effective.
What Are the Odds That an Anti-Snoring Chin Strap Would Work for You?
We get this question a lot. But unfortunately, it can be difficult to know the answer until you actually give the product a try. If you have a lot of trouble breathing through your nose, then odds are good that a chin strap is not going to help you. But aside from that, there is always a chance that a chin strap could help to mitigate snoring problems.
Will it work better than an MAD? This is doubtful, as MADs act more directly upon the source of snoring… the soft palate. But chin straps are also less invasive, and may offer a better chance for long-term compliance.
So it really all depends on your situation.
If you prefer the idea of a chin strap to the idea of an MAD or TRD, then you may want to consider ordering one just to try it out. If it doesn’t work, you can always upgrade to a better device. Plus, if you order a chin strap that comes with a money back guarantee, you can even get some of your investment back to put towards something that will work.
But at the end of the day, remember this. Snoring may seem like just a nuisance, but it is actually a lot more debilitating than that. Snoring, if left untreated, can result in long-term problems that can seriously hinder your health, life, and level of happiness. It can also affect your relationships and put a strain on your marriage/partnership with a bedpartner.
Overall, we do like the stop snoring chin strap products… but they have their limitations. They are a good product to try if you are not quite sure about committing to an MAD or tongue retention device… so that puts them into a useful and unique niche. There are literally dozens of different brands and types for sale online, so make sure to do your research before ordering. (We would also recommend buying a version that comes with ear-holes cut out of them, as these get the highest marks for comfort!)
They may not be a solve-all solution to your snoring problems, but chin straps are certainly worth a try if you feel that they offer the kinds of benefits you would enjoy in an anti-snoring device. They are minimally invasive, comfortable, and generally pack in a lot of benefits. They just don’t work for everyone… so you won’t know 100% until you give one a try!