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.
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.