How do snoring devices work? Explained
Stop snoring devices have been the source of a lot of buzz lately, and for good reason. About one in four people in the Australia are thought to be habitual snorers, and it’s estimated that as many as 45% of people in the world deal with it at some time or another. It effects people of all ages, both genders, and every nationality. Literally everyone has probably had some experience with snoring at some point in time – be it they who were the ones snoring or someone else they shared a house or room with.
Snoring might not seem like a medical emergency, but it’s not something to just ignore either. It can be a tremendous source of stress for people who suffer from it, and can lead to a lot of problems later on down the road. People who snore or share a bed with a snorer, for example, might suffer from a lack of sleep, feel drowsy during the day, and have trouble focusing when they’re awake.
Add sleep apnea to the mix, and the situation can get much worse. People who suffer from sleep apnea are more likely to develop high blood pressure or a number of other conditions. It can even increase the possibility of suffering a stroke or a heart attack!
Snoring devices: what do they do?
Snoring devices are basically mouth guard-type appliances that are placed into the mouth before going to bed. They’re usually made from some type of plastic and/or latex, and are similar to the mouth pieces worn by boxers and other athletes.
There are a few different kinds, but they’re all designed to do the same basic thing. They’re intended to eliminate the problems that cause snoring without costing you a ton of money or requiring you to undergo invasive surgeries.
There are two basic different types of stop snoring devices – one type that re-aligns the jaw, and one that holds the tongue forward.
Jaw-realignment snoring devices
These types of devices essentially work by holding the lower part of the jaw slightly forward. This, in turn, widens the airway in the back of the throat, which then (in theory) helps to alleviate the majority of conditions making snoring possible.
Sometimes, during sleep, the skin at the back of the mouth, palate, and/or throat closes off too much of the airway – which results in rattling and vibration when air comes and goes. By opening this airway, rattling and vibration can be reduced – thus fixing the problem and giving the sleeper more room to push and pull air out of the lungs.
This is what this type of snoring device is designed to accomplish.
Devices that hold the tongue forward
The next type of stop snoring device is the type that holds the tongue forward. Sometimes, snoring is caused by the tissue near the back of the tongue. In some cases, snoring can even be caused when the tongue falls back into the throat. The resulting blockage can produce the same vibration and rattling when air comes and goes, making conditions favorable for a night of wheezing, growling, and rumbling.
Snoring devices that hold the tongue forward, however, can help with this by keeping the tongue out of the back of the throat – thus widening the airway and reducing the amount of blockage created by it. The result is a larger space for air to pass through and less loose tissue to vibrate and rattle. One good example of such device is Good Morning Snore Solution.
Combination snoring mouthpieces
Some mouthpieces actually utilize both of these technologies. They hold the jaw and the tongue forward, thus increasing the odds that they’ll be able to eliminate the problem altogether.
Just keep in mind, however, that not all stop snoring devices are the same, and that it might take a bit of research to find the model that’ll work the best for you.
Also, try to keep in mind that the cheapest option isn’t always the best. Some of the best models are also the more expensive ones – so make sure to shop with quality in mind if you want the best experience possible. Our comparison chart may help you with this, see it here.