If you’re married to, or live with a snorer, you don’t need us to tell you how bad it is!
According to the NHS, one in four people in England snore regularly, and it’s more common in adults between the ages of 40 and 60, and it’s twice as common in men!
There are a number of natural remedies you can try, such as changing your sleep position or losing weight.
You can read more about some ways to try and stop snoring in this post from Web MD, but if you want a quick fix, it may be worth turning to technology.
There’s a huge range of anti-snoring devices out there nowadays, ranging from the budget friendly to the high end.
It’s important to remember that there are a couple of different causes for snoring, and these will inform which tech will be right for you.
Mouthpieces are available which readjust your mouth to keep your lower jaw and tongue in the correct position while you sleep.
The aim of this is to keep all of your airways open, which should hopefully reduce your snoring.
Mouthpieces are probably proven as the most effective anti-snoring aid, and are recommended by doctors and dentists.
However, mouthpieces aren’t for everyone, and if you notice that you’re excessively salivating or that you’re experiencing pain in your teeth or jaw, it may be worth trying something else and maybe consulting a dentist.
Good Morning Snore Solution
One of the most popular mouthpieces available is the Good Morning Snore Solution (GMSS).
What sets the GMSS apart is its comfort, as it comes with a suction cup to comfortably shape to your teeth and jaw.
Tomned SomnoGuard 3
Another popular option is to opt for a mouthpiece that you can soak in boiled water that will then mould to your mouth and jaw, such as the Tomned SomnoGuard.
While you may experience some initial discomfort when using one of these mouthpieces, this should fade over time.
Somni Snore Guard
If your issue is that you snore because of mouth breathing, you might be best opting for a mouthpiece which completely blocks your mouth from breathing, forcing you to breathe through the nose, such as the Somni Snore Guard.
While this may feel strange at first, it does help with the snoring, and by cutting off mouth breathing it also helps ward off bad breath, which is always a nice side effect!
Some snoring is simply caused by a person’s jaw falling open while they sleep. If this is the case, then you might not need to worry with the fuss of a mouthpiece.
Instead you could look into buying anti-snoring chinstraps such as these from Snore Calm.
These are very basic and simply work to keep your mouth held shut while you sleep.
The possible downsides of chin straps are that if you struggle to breathe through your nose, cutting off your mouth leaves you with nowhere left to breathe from!
It’s also possible that if you move around a lot in your sleep, the strap may slip down off your head.
Reusable straps are also available, as opposed to disposable ones.
If your snoring is caused by blockages in your nasal airways, you may be best off opting for nasal strips.
This is one of the more popular over the counter methods, and will only cost a couple of quid for a pack.
They target nasal congestion and open up the airways, which should allow you to breathe easier, which should help prevent snoring.
Having said this, many cases of snoring are caused by issues in the throat, so they may not be that effective, but could work well in conjunction with other devices.
If you need your nasal pathways open, you might be best off opting for a breathing aid which will hold them open during the night.
The advantage of the memory plastic option is that it can be moulded to fit your nose, for added comfort.
There are also special anti-snoring pillows such as our Silentnight Antisnore Pillow. These pillows are designed to support the neck in a way which leaves your throat airways open to breathe properly.
While anti-snoring pillows can sometimes be expensive, ours are available at just £18.99, and it’s a great non-invasive alternative to some of the other devices available.
Snore sprays work by applying a solution that supposedly helps reduce the lining of the nostrils, which leaves more room for you to breathe.
The solution is a mixture of oils such as menthol and peppermint which have been shown to help breathing, although the jury is out on their effectiveness.
While these sprays may be effective if you’re suffering from a cold or allergy, they don’t really tackle the reasons many people suffer from long-term snoring.
Overall we’d probably recommend trying out a mouthpiece first as they’re generally accepted as being the most effective gadget to stop snoring.
As we’ve pointed out, different mouthpieces will work better depending on the root cause of your snoring, so it’s best to identify this before making a purchase.