Stop Snoring Therapies

When discussing stop snoring therapies, it can be easy to get confused – because the term is used so interchangeably that it can be difficult to understand exactly what someone is talking about when they mention it.

A therapy is technically ‘treatment intended to relieve or heal a disorder.’ So, with that being said, any stop-snoring treatment or device could be classified as a ‘therapy.

We discuss many different types of stop snoring therapies on this website, including (but not limited to…) mandibular advancement devices, tongue retention devices, nasal strips, stop snoring chin straps, anti-snoring pillows, snoring surgery, stop snoring medications, anti-snoring sprays, nose vents, sleep-position changes, lifestyle changes, etc.

And since we deal mostly with snoring therapies that are available in Canada, we tend to pay special attention to treatment options that Canadians can gain access to.

And on this page, we are going to discuss the idea of stop snoring therapies in-general, and whether or not any of them may be able to work for you.

How Are Stop Snoring Therapies Meant To Work?

Stop snoring therapies are meant to work by treating the root causes or symptoms of snoring. Usually, this means interrupting incidences of soft palate vibration in the back of the throat. This is, by far, the most common cause of snoring – so most types of therapies (MADs, tongue retention devices, etc.) focus on this.

But there are also therapies that focus on other things. Some focus on nasal snoring, and/or on promoting nasal breathing over mouth breathing. These are perhaps in the minority, but they can still be effective.

The key to choosing the right snoring therapy for you, however, depends on what is causing your snoring problem. It also depends on many factors that may influence which type of treatment method might be best for you.

Do We Believe That Stop Snoring Therapies Work?

We have seen a lot of news stories that claim that stop snoring therapies and devices are all just a gimmick… but we certainly don’t see this as being true. There is a lot of evidence to support the fact that a lot of different stop snoring therapies actually work… and while some devices and methods do seem to be more effective than others, we are also aware of the fact that different devices and remedies tend to work better for different people, depending on causal factors, the details of their particular condition, their age, their root causes of snoring, etc.

In some cases, it can be difficult to beat some basic lifestyle changes when it comes to treating snoring. Losing weight, for example, is a really good step to take if you want to get rid of your snoring problem.

But… there are still a lot of treatment methods out there that can do a lot of good.

We have seen MADs do wonders for people. We have also seen people helped by nasal strips and/or TSDs. We’ve seen people who used CPAP and had it work like a charm. We’ve seen people hit the gym and lose weight to handle their snoring problems.

There are a lot of therapies out there. And the best way to get started is to educate yourself.

The Positives

Here are some of the upsides to trying a stop snoring therapy…

  • Some of them are very effective
  • There are a lot of different options to choose from
  • They range from rather invasive to very minimally invasive
  • If one particular therapy doesn’t work for you, you can always try a different one
  • Being proactive about your snoring problem while also enacting lifestyle changes can give you a big advantage

The Negatives

Here are some of the downsides to using stop snoring therapies…

  • Some of them cost quite a bit
  • If you don’t find one that works for you at first, you might have to spend even more money to find the right one for you
  • Some of them do not work for some people
  • There are some gimmicky products out there that make bigger claims than are true

Who Should Use Stop Snoring Therapies, And When?

Anyone could actually benefit from the right stop snoring remedy – though the vast majority of them are intended for adult use. As for when you should use them, most of them are used at night, during sleep… but there is another factor that should be kept in mind before choosing the right therapy for you.

If you think that you might be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, then it might be best to schedule an appointment with your physician before choosing a method of treatment – as obstructive sleep apnea is much more serious, and may warrant help from your doctor to find the right way to fix the problem.

If you are suffering from OSA, then your pool of available therapies will be greatly reduced. This, coupled with the fact that OSA is much more severe than regular snoring, makes it more important than ever that you choose the right therapy for you.

Who Should Avoid Using Stop Snoring Therapies?

There are not many people who should altogether avoid using stop snoring therapies. Children are obviously not good candidates for a lot of different types of therapies, and people who suffer from sleep apnea should try to find a therapy that will actually treat their OSA. At that point, regular snoring remedies do not always cut it.

If you are very overweight, then it might do more good for you to make some small changes to your lifestyle in the long run. Using a stop snoring device can help, but getting down to a healthier body weight can really help you to cut down on your snoring risk… so that might be a higher priority in the long run than using stop snoring therapies in some cases.

Is It Actually Important to Use an Anti Snoring Therapy?

There are a LOT of people who actually don’t think of snoring as a damaging thing. A lot of people tend to think of it more as a nuisance that can be problematic. But this way of thinking can do a lot of harm. Here is why.

First of all, as you have probably figured out by now if you read many of our posts, snoring is quite dangerous. It can lead to an increase in risk for a number of different problems, daytime fatigue being probably the most well-known. But sometimes, snoring is not just snoring. Sometimes, snoring may be an indicator of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. And for that reason, it is recommended that anyone with a snoring problem see their doctor or a sleep specialist to rule out the possibility of OSA.

People suffering from OSA can be at an increased risk for a number of problems, including: daytime fatigue, sleepiness, cardiovascular problems, eye problems, and sleep deprivation problems for partners.

Yes, snoring not only affects you, but also the people you share a sleeping space with. If you have a spouse or a partner who sleeps in the same bed, your snoring may also negatively impact them in a number of ways. There is also a lot of evidence to suggest that snoring can be extremely harmful to relationships as well. Nighttime migrations to the couch, separate sleeping, a loss of intimacy, and built-up resentment over the partner’s desperate need for a good night sleep are often at the core of these problems.

And on the snorer’s side, there can also be resentment. Since a snorer is obviously not snoring on purpose, they may begin to feel as though they are being ‘needlessly attacked’ for something that they cannot control when their partner says anything about it.

And in some cases, these problems lead to the beginning of the end of the relationship if nothing is done to prevent it!

Why Don’t People Seek Out Help for Snoring?

There are a number of complicated reasons for why people may not seek out anti-snoring therapy or help for their condition.

For one, a lot of people just don’t think of it as a big deal. They might be so busy with other things going on in their life that they fail to recognize that it is actually a dangerous problem that needs attention. This is caused, in part, by a lack of education on the subject… but it could also be chalked up to some people just having busier lives.

Another reason for why snoring is not addressed more is because a lot of people just assume it is normal. They might feel tired during the day, but just chalk it up to old age or an early morning… when in fact, snoring may have a lot more to do with it.

And finally, some people choose just to remove themselves from the perceived problem rather than trying to remove the problem.

For example… if a husband has a snoring problem, his wife may choose to sleep on the couch to fix it when it bothers her. She believes that this is helpful… when in reality, it may be more helpful to find a remedy for the snoring than to just remove herself from it.

Some people may also be embarrassed by it. It might seem hard to believe that this could be the case in our modern world, but it is actually a very real problem.

All of these factors lead us to a very solid conclusion… that at the root of it all, the challenge that faces us is a lack of communication involving snoring and the problems it causes. This is why we do what we do on snoringcanada.com. We want to start conversations and make people aware of the issues so that they can live their best lives, free from the negative effects of this silent (or not so silent) menace!

Is There a Particular Anti-Snoring Therapy That Works Better Than the Others?

There are a lot of different anti-snoring therapies on the market. But of all of them, we feel that the best options (the options that help the most in the greatest percentage of cases) are Mandibular Advancement Devices, Tongue Stabilization Devices, and Lifestyle Changes.

There is quite a bit of evidence to support the use of Mandibular Advancement Devices. There is also quite a bit of evidence to support TSDs and lifestyle changes as well.

Our first-choice recommendation for people who want to beat snoring usually goes like this.

  1. Get on a diet and start losing weight if you are overweight
  2. Stop sleeping on your back, and start sleeping on your side
  3. Buy an MAD or a TSD. If you don’t want to jump right to one of these products, you can try nasal strips first… as sometimes these do the trick while being a lot less invasive.
  4. If you don’t mind spending a bit more money, you can invest in a ‘smart’ product, like the Smart Nora. Smart Anti-Snoring products are a newer development… but we have seen some awesome results from them!
  5. Repeat! You must continue to work on your snoring problem to get rid of it. If you stop the therapies or fail to lose the weight, you will just revert back and suffer from the same problems all over again! Consistency is the key with snoring therapy!

Thankfully, more and more public awareness is being raised to spread the word about snoring and how dangerous it can be. This article, published by Business Insider in 2018, is an example of how major media publications are taking notice and spreading valuable information to make people more aware of the risks.

In the old days, snoring was seen as something normal that people had to live with. But now, we are beginning to see that it is actually a dangerous problem that we have the power to eliminate!

In Conclusion

The good news is that snoring is absolutely treatable. Even the most extreme cases can be treated with surgery or CPAP therapy… and most cases can actually be treated with much less-invasive therapies than these.

That is the good news.

The bad news is that snoring does not seem to be going away… especially in a world where being overweight is becoming more normal. On one hand, we should be thankful that peace and prosperity has led to so many people having enough to eat. But on the other hand, we are seeing a decline in the general health of the population as people gain more weight and eat more fatty, unhealthy foods.

This absolutely has an impact on snoring problems… and the impact is not a positive one. Sleep is a fundamental human need. Without it, people suffer. Health, happiness, and vitality all suffer when people are not getting the kind of sleep their bodies need.

But the good news is that you can actually do a lot to help yourself if snoring is affecting you.

Here are some simple steps that you can take to help keep snoring from having a negative impact on your life.

  1. Be aware of any snoring problem that you have, and don’t just ignore it
  2. Do some research and find out how snoring can put you at risk
  3. Figure out how bad your snoring is. If you have any fear that you may have OSA, schedule a doctor’s appointment
  4. Make a plan to start getting rid of your snoring problem. This could start with simple steps, like sleeping on your side instead of your back… and could turn into bigger steps (like ordering an MAD or TSD) down the road
  5. Try to be self-aware of your body and mind, and how they both feel every day. Do you feel tired? Do you feel groggy? Do you have persistent headaches? Do you wake up every morning still feeling tired? If so, it may be time to start looking at therapies… because you can’t live that way forever and still hope to lead a productive, healthy, positive, happy, and vibrant lifestyle!

At the root of all of this is one simple rule.

Just take care of yourself. 

Yes, this can sometimes be inconvenient. But five or 10 years from now, you are going to be so happy that you chose to deal with your snoring problems and get them behind you. Sleep is a fundamental need, and is a pillar of good health. Without adequate sleep, there is a very real chance that you will get sick and/or suffer from chronic health conditions in the future.

So take action today, and don’t let snoring win in your life.

Updated 2.4.2019

Josh Sigafus Editor

Joshua Sigafus is just a writer trying to make the world a better place. You can find him on Facebook.