Your partner has complained about your snoring and you have tried a number of snoring home remedies. But still there is no relief? Now is the time to try the snoring aids. Yes, you read it right, the snoring aids. There are many sleep aids out there in the market, but most people are unaware of the options. This is because they don’t know about these and unsure which solution will yield results.
The solution that works best for you is highly individual and must be explored with the help of a medical professional. The following are some tried and tested snoring solutions that you can choose from:
- Mouthpieces: These are some of the most useful and have the least negative side effects. They are the most developed snoring aids, only because they have been around for so long. Some of them look like denture fittings and others look like mouth guards. Most of the mouthpieces slightly reposition the lower jaw when you sleep to open the airway and ensure a quieter sleep.
- Chin Straps: These have also been around for a long time and are similar to jaw-retaining devices. This simple device has a strap that is placed under the chin, while an attached elastic strap is stretched and placed over the head. The goals of this device to keep your mouth closed while sleeping and encourage breathing through the nose. Some individuals may experience discomfort with the strap around the head and chin.
- Pillows: The anti-snoring pillow works by positioning your body and head so that the airway is kept open and free from obstructions. This pillow tries to position you into a perfect sleeping posture. You need to test out the pillow to see what suits you best.
- Nasal devices: There are a variety of nasal devices in the market from insert-able nasal cones to adhesive strips. Snorers who have nasal obstructions can benefit from these devices. If your snoring is not a result of a nasal block, then this device may not be suitable for you.
- Continuous Positive Air Pressure or CPAP: This treatment is ideal for individuals suffering from sleep apnea. It is a mask-like device that is worn over the head and face, usually in a controlled lab condition. This treatment is usually explored in a sleep disorders clinic.
- Pills and Sprays: These are over the counter medications that may be effective in combating snoring. Most of these are homeopathic remedies that thin the mucus or reduce inflammation. However, they do not address the main cause of snoring and are therefore not an effective long term solution.
- Tongue-Retaining Mouthpiece or TRD: These devices work by keeping your tongue forward while you are sleeping. No force is applied to your jaw. As a result, there is no safety risk with this type of mouthpiece. This device works because it combats the impact of gravity on the tongue. During sleep, gravity may cause your tongue to drop back into the throat. This constricts the airways and results in snoring. A TRD prevents this obstruction.
When it comes to choosing an anti-snoring aid, the choice is highly individual and determined by the cause of snoring.