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This App Tells You When You’re Grinding Your Teeth

Snoring is bad enough. When it’s accompanied by other issues (usually dental), it can be a double-pain for sufferers.

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is not unusual when it’s an occasional event. But according to professionals, chronic over-grinding, including at night – when we’re not aware we’re dong it – can wear teeth down and lead to tooth loss. That means implants, partials or for really serious issues, full dentures.

Unfortunately, teeth grinding can be related to stress, which snoring naturally produces in reaction to the body attempting to get more oxygen. This means if you snore, you may be at risk for overgrinding during sleep.

This App Claims to Know When You’re Grinding

We can’t vouch for this app as we haven’t personally tried it. However, it’s certainly receiving stellar reviews from Google Apps. And in the interest of keeping our readership informed, we’re passing along what we’ve learned so far.

The app is called “Do I Snore or Grind?” and records your night sounds, including snoring and the more possibly sensitive teeth-grinding.

Though some teeth-grinding may be silent, if you have a serious issue, the app should pick it up, the creators say.

Of 853 reviews, the product so far has received an average of 4.1 out of 5 stars.

Pros:

Users say…

  • “Easy to use.” – Eric Zimmerman
  • “Gives percentage of snore time and sound files.” – Veronica LiBeth
  • “Brilliant. Slick interface, no annoying adds. Just works.” – Mark Tomlinson.

Cons:

Users say…

  • “Filter out the grinding in the settings as it picks up bed noises.” – Mike Evans
  • “(the app) couldn’t tell the difference between snoring and breathing.” – Aaron P.
  • “(the app) takes (up) a lot of memory.” – Steve Noakes

Cost

At the time of this article’s publication, the app is free at play.google.com.

How Teeth Grinding Can Ultimately Hurt You

Experts say occasionally clenching the jaw and/or grinding the teeth isn’t unusual. It often happens when awake during times of stress, but also can happen at night habitually or due to some physical issue, such as an improper bite or jaw alignment, or chronic illness.

According to webmd.com, four things may happen when overgrinding has occurred over time:

  • Fracturing (breaking) of the teeth
  • Loosening of teeth in the sockets
  • Tooth loss
  • The need for reparative measures such as root canal, fillings/sealings, dental implants, partials or dentures

How Can Teeth Grinding Be Prevented?

Your dentist can fit you with a mouth guard, or you can purchase one online. Make sure you purchase a mouth guard that will form to your own mouth’s structure.

Chin straps can also help, as these keep the jaw aligned in place with a degree of comfortable compression. If teeth grinding is partially due to an incorrect bite, jaw alignment may help. So too may the gentle pressure, which will subconsciously measure in the brain as safety and security for many wearers.

Your dentist can tell you whether she sees signs of teeth grinding, which may include wear, decay due to an uneven surface and greater ease of bacteria infiltrating, a misaligned jaw, or symptoms such as TMJ (“sliding hinge”) disorder.

 

These 1917 Snoring Devices Are Torture!

Here at stopsnoringrx.com, we tend to be quite serious about snoring. And it’s no wonder: snoring IS serious (or it can be, depending upon the type and severity). Health problems, quality of living, and disturbing your sleepmate can all impact you and your happiness when snoring is an issue.

But nobody can be serious all the time. (Not even us!)

With that in mind, here’s a rather cringeworthy list of anti-snoring devices from the early 20th century. (See Popular Science for the original article.) The next time you feel like your CPAP seal is a bit off, keep in mind what people used to go through in the effort to snore no more.

Patented “Prodding Device”

Just the name of this tight-looking, pointy snore solution makes us wince.

The idea is actually not uncommon even today; many people use a tennis ball attached to the back by (somewhat more comfortable than these) straps so that when they roll over onto the back, they’re prodded to turn over into a less snore-inducing position.

However, today’s tennis ball solution doesn’t look like an old-fashioned jack.  We wouldn’t be surprised if this actually did the job, since you can’t snore while you’re screaming.

Ring and Tether

Why is this supposed to work? We’re not really sure. But it IS handy that this apparatus comes with a tether so that when you spit it out in the night in self-defense, it doesn’t get entirely lost. (Sorry.)

On a more practical note, mouth snoring guards are still used today, but they’re fitted to the user’s own teeth for comfort, and they don’t have any sticky things pointing upward and downward underneath the lips. You’re welcome.

What? You Mean You’re NOT Having a Ball?

Remember the prodding device above? This one is just the ball (similar to today’s home remedy of the tennis ball).

The difference between today’s remedy and this one is that the 1917 version comes with punishing-looking leather straps. It’s foolproof because you can’t get away from it. Handy!

Words Can’t Describe It

No…we mean they really can’t. Even the author of the original article stated (or understated?), “A technical description of the device is beyond the power of the writer.”

Apparently, something or other gets turned after the user plugs this little device in (kind of like a reverse The Matrix situation) to “completely silence” the user. Turned another way, it allows “a little musical (?) leeway.” Turn it the right way, George, turn it the right way! We don’t know what the wrong way will do to you. Perhaps the following…

Drastic Measures

Literally, this other type of valve is said by the article writer to “[suffocate the user] in the attempt” of using it incorrectly, whatever incorrectly actually is. George…leave this one entirely alone. Well, unless you’re insured.

 

For more chillingly fascinating early 20th century anti-snore choices, see the original reprint article, linked here.

Anti-Snoring Pillows: Do They Work?

Image: overstock.com

 

You snooze…you win? With anti-snoring pillows you just might come out on top, well rested and snoring less, at least according to the companies producing and marketing them.

Are anti-snoring pillows a dream come true? Here are the claims, the science behind them, and whether an anti-snore pillow might mean a better (and quieter) rest for you and those you love.

 

 

What is a “Snore Pillow”? Do You Need One?

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Proper alignment is critical for your whole body, but particularly for a clear, unobstructed airway. Image: mmphysiotherapy.com

Snore pillows (or anti-snore/anti-snoring pillows) are special pillows designed to hold your head and neck in alignment and provide firm support so that, at least theoretically, you snore less.

Snoring can be made worse when the neck is crimped or the head and neck are not aligned properly. This is because the cramped positioning partially blocks the flow of air from your nose, through your throat and down toward your lungs.

Snoring can appear suddenly or may be made worse if your sleep position isn’t conducive to an easy flow of air at night. While you sleep, your muscles – including those in your mouth and throat – relax. This means even someone without obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may snore. But if you already have OSA, or some form of snoring, the condition could become even worse if your positioning isn’t correct.

Anti-snore pillows seek to correct this problem. By keeping everything in alignment, it should be easier for air to get through while you rest.

Are Snore Pillows for Everyone?

Like other physical snoring devices, anti-snore pillows can help certain types of snoring. This means they’re not for everyone, but if alignment and air flow are your issue, they just may be the ticket.

An anti-snore pillow is suggested for people who:

  • Find it difficult to get into a comfortable sleep position at night.
  • Wake up with neck and/or shoulder pain.
  • Wake up with a headache.
  • Have been seen by a doctor, who has ruled out obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or another issue that requires medical treatment.

A snore pillow might not work for you if:

  • You have untreated or ineffectively treated allergies or asthma.
  • Other sleep positioners have not worked for you.
  • Your snoring is extremely loud and/or deep, and you wake in the night choking for air.
  • Your spouse or another observer has told you that you have nighttime episodes of no breathing at all for several seconds to a minute.

Where Can You Go to Find an Anti-Snore Pillow?

If you’re ready to take the plunge (or the snooze!), make sure you’re trying a product that:

  • Has a number (at least 50, if possible) overall POSITIVE reviews on a well-known, frequently used vendor site, such as Amazon.
  • Has reviews that appear natural, with a comparatively small number of “I received this product in exchange for a positive review” notations.
  • Comes with a money-back guarantee and an exchange policy.
  • Is sold by a vendor who has been in business for a solid period of time.
  • Is hypoallergenic and/or organic, for those who have these preferences/needs.
  • Is Latex-free, for people with Latex allergy or suspected Latex allergy.
  • States a support level as “firm.” A pillow that is too soft will not usually help with keeping your head and neck straight; you need firmness to keep things in place.

You can also go through a vendor’s/retailer’s site. Do your homework – make sure the retailer is well-known (this is easy to Google) and has been in business for a period of years. See whether you can find unsolicited reviews of the retailer’s products and the retailer (use Google or Bing). Make sure the rest of the bulleted items above apply.

Which Anti-Snore Pillow is “The Best”?

We can’t tell you which anti-snoring pillow will work best for you. Different pillows address different needs and specifics. You are an individual, so you will want to try out several pillows if possible to find the one that is best for you.

You may also find a combination method works well: for example, a mouth guard plus a great, supportive pillow.

Remember: the better you sleep, the better you’ll perform during the day, and the more positive your health can be over the long-term. Have a review for a GREAT anti-snore pillow? Send it to us! We may feature your review in an upcoming article on stopsnoringrx.com.

 

 

 

 

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Anti-snoring Chin Straps – Do They Work?

anti-snoring chin strapIf you’re like many snorers, you’ve avoided devices due to fears of discomfort, difficulty of use, and perhaps simply due to distrust in how well they might work.

You’re not alone. Snoring is difficult enough to deal with. Adding on a device or strap feels like just one more thing.

Don’t fear – and don’t put it off. The right anti-snoring device can mean a difference for you, your health and your partner’s sanity.

Luckily for you, devices such as chin straps have come a long way in comfort, function and durability. There ARE comfortable, inexpensive new devices out there – and we’re about to give you the lowdown on if, and how well, this new generation of chin straps works to combat snoring.

 

Sleep, Chin Position and Snoring

Before you buy a chin strap, it is important you understand how it works, because this will help you decide if it is the right device to help you stop snoring.

Have you ever noticed what happens between the time you lie down in bed and actually fall asleep? Generally, the cycle of events that unfold is something like:

  • You are alert and still awake.
  • Your brain begins to slow down, and you may experience some peculiar and vivid sensations such as a sudden jerk, or a feeling that someone is calling out your name.
  • You slip into a state of drowsiness or light sleep which is actually the transition from being alert to falling asleep.
  • You go into deeper sleep, your heart slows down and body temperature dips.
  • You go into Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep where the brain becomes more active than during the previous stages, but the muscles become deeply relaxed.

During the stage when the muscles go into deep relaxation, they become completely flaccid and incapable of movement. This applies to the muscles in the jaw, too, and so the chin tends to drop down, leaving the mouth hanging open when a person goes into deep sleep.

In addition to this, the tongue and other tissues in the throat also tend to fall back, blocking the airways and causing the typical snoring sound to emerge from the mouth.

How Chin Straps Work

When you wear a chin strap before sleeping, it acts like a sling that serves to hold your jaw firmly in place. Thanks to this, the mouth stays closed and this forward position of the jaw reduces the risk of the tongue and throat tissues falling back to block the airways. The end result – there is no snoring.

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and are advised to use a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine, your doctor may ask you to also use a chin strap. CPAP therapy forces air into your throat through a mask and the pressure of the air flowing in helps to keep the airways open.

If you are the type who sleeps with the mouth open, this can prove counterproductive – the air entering your throat through the mask escapes out of the mouth and does not perform the intended function of keeping the airways open. This can actually worsen the sleep apnea and therefore, doctors advise sleep apnea patients who sleep with the mouth open to use a chin strap in combination with CPAP therapy.

The two comparative graphics below give a visual on how and why positioning and supporting the jaw (such as with a chin strap) can help alleviate snoring and give you a better night’s rest:

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Credit: My Snoring Solution Chinstrap

Ease of Use: Pros and Cons

Of all the anti-snoring devices available, chin straps are probably one of the easiest to use. The simplest form of an anti-snoring chin strap consists of a cup made of fabric to provide support to the chin, and straps that go up the sides of the face and around the top of the head. One such popular chin strap (as seen in this picture) is My Snoring Solution.

However, there CAN be a learning curve with chin straps. Adjustable straps may take some tweaking until you get to your correct comfort level. And some may be constructed from materials that quite literally rub you the wrong way. That’s why it’s imperative that you choose a strap that offers a returns guarantee. Try your strap for a week before deciding whether you’ve found the correct one for you.

How Effective are Anti-Snoring Chin Straps?

Chin straps are one of the simplest anti-snoring devices you can find; however, this does not necessarily mean they are the most effective. Actually, rather than asking if anti-snoring chin straps are effective, a better question to ask is if they are right for you.

This question has an easy answer – considering the way in which the chin strap works, it proves effective for people who snore through the mouth.

You also have to consider how you sleep before deciding to use an anti-snoring chin strap. The strap is most effective if it stays in position throughout the night. If you tend to toss and turn in your sleep, how likely is it that the strap will stay in place? Think of this before you choose this device and find out about the different designs on offer.

There are some types of anti-snoring chin straps (such as My Snoring Solution) that have a sling-like design and have longer and wider straps – these are more likely to stay in place without sliding off as compared to the devices with compact straps.

Another point to consider is the cause of your snoring. If your snoring is because of nasal congestion or due to sleep apnea, it will not respond to chin straps; in fact, it could be downright dangerous to be using such a strap. Here’s why …

When to Avoid Chin Straps

If your nose is blocked due to an allergic condition or because of an infection such as sinusitis, you unconsciously breathe in through the mouth to compensate for the inability to breathe in through the nose. This is the body’s way of ensuring there is enough oxygen entering your lungs.

If you wear a chin strap in such conditions, your mouth is forced shut and this means you do not receive the required amount of oxygen during sleep and this can result in serious complications for your health.

Another important aspect to consider – many people have undiagnosed sleep apnea; what you think of as snoring may actually be sleep apnea. In such circumstances, if you wear an anti-snoring chin strap, you are actually contributing to the low oxygen levels caused by the sleep apnea and this can prove dangerous.

So, if you want my final verdict on anti-snoring chin straps, here it is: Ask your partner if you sleep with your mouth open. If it sounds like the snoring comes from your mouth, then try a chin strap. If you snore with your mouth closed, or through your nostrils, it won’t work.

When you shop, find a sling-like version, try it on and see if it is a good fit before buying – remember, you have to sleep with it on the entire night, night after night. Ask your partner to observe if the snoring subsides by using the anti-snoring chin strap. If it does, that’s great!

However, if it doesn’t, or if your partner says the snoring has been replaced by a choking or gasping sound, please visit a doctor at the earliest to find out if you have a more serious sleeping condition.

What About Surgery?

Why bother with appliances (such as chin straps) at all? Isn’t surgery the better option? After all, surgery is in-and-out and you’re done…and then all your problems are solved. Right?

Sometimes. If, for example, throat or mouth polyps/overgrowth or chronically inflamed tonsils are the cause of your snoring issues, then surgical removal can relieve these problems in one step, often on an outpatient basis depending upon your general health, your age and the extent of the surgery or surgeries.

But only a percentage of snorers have these issues at all, and surgery isn’t a guarantee for 100% of diagnosed overgrowth/polyp sufferers. In addition, depending upon your health and the specific surgery, there may be a long recovery time, and of course, complications can occur with any surgery, making surgical solutions something to consider very carefully.

Talk to your doctor about whether or not surgery is right for you. If you do not present with overgrowths or similar issues, look for non-invasive ways to address your snoring instead.

Which brings us to…

Places to find chin straps

You usually won’t find a place in your local mall that sells chin straps designed to stop snoring. It’s best to ask your doctor, or research online.

I myself don’t snore due to my mouth being open (I use a mouthpiece instead). However, a good friend who does snore through his mouth uses the My Snoring Solution chinstrap. He found that it was the only one that wouldn’t come off during the night, because of the straps around the top of the head and behind the ears. So that’s definitely one product I would check out. In fact, the reason I mention this one by name is that it’s the one I have personal experience with. You may wish to shop around and find out which strap works best for you.

Taking Care of Your Chin Strap

You’ll be wearing your chin strap nightly, so you’ll want to take care of it EXACTLY per the manufacturer’s instructions. In order to avoid invalidating the product warranty before you’ve had sufficient time to try it out, read ALL care instructions and do not alter your chin strap in any way. Follow cleaning instructions to the letter as well.

Like anything else, eventually your chin strap will begin to show signs of wear. With careful upkeep, this shouldn’t happen for quite some time, but if your strap is becoming frayed, feels lax (less supportive), or shows other signs of serious wear, it’s time to purchase a new one. Again, it should be some time before this happens; you should expect at least a few years out of a high-quality chin strap. So do make sure to check warranties from the manufacturer to be sure you’re getting the best deal and protection for your dollar.

By purchasing a high-quality chin strap, you should get years of effective use and a better night’s sleep – with better, more awake, more alert days ahead.

Do Anti-Snoring Pillows Work?

picSnoringMan2Snorers looking for a good night’s sleep have almost certainly heard of anti-snoring pillows – they’re in stores, on Amazon and late-night TV viewing is peppered with their rave reviews.

They seem like a simple (and comfortable) solution to a nagging problem. There’s no chin strap to wear, no uncomfortable mouthpiece to insert and nothing to stuff in your nose.

But are these cozy little anti-snore mechanisms effective? We found mixed reviews – as well as a few scientific reasons why they may work for some, while leaving others as afflicted by snoring as ever. Here’s what we discovered, and how to decide whether a snore pillow may be right for you.

The Theory Behind Anti-Snoring Pillows

Anti-snoring pillows: Most of these work on the principle of aligning the neck properly to facilitate oxygen flow at night. Some snoring may be caused by air constriction due to sleep position. By forming a straight line from the chin to the bottom of the neck, the chin doesn’t drop down and cramp the area.

Anti-allergenic pillows: These aren’t technically “anti-snore” pillows, but for those who can trace their snoring to allergies, hypoallergenic materials can in fact help. (Be sure to continue to take any allergy medications your doctor has prescribed.)

Neck alignment with anti-snore pillow

Image by Therapeutica

Who is a Candidate For an Anti-Snoring Pillow?

Unfortunately, simply keeping the area straight and non-restricted from the outside may not help all sufferers. How do you know if an anti-snore pillow may help for you?

These pillows could potentially help with individuals who:

  • Tend to sleep on their backs, which pushes the chin toward the chest.
  • Sleep on their sides, but tend to hunch their shoulders up at night or assume other upper body positions that may cramp the airway.
  • Need a firmer support in order to experience a good night’s sleep.

They may not help with people who:

  • Have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). If you suspect OSA, consult your doctor. Most reputable anti-snore pillow marketers will state somewhere on the packaging that the pillow may not work for those with OSA.
  • Have some sort of nasal or throat obstruction, including deviated septum, nasal polyps or excessive tissue in the throat or back of the mouth.
  • Have already tried different sleep positions and have found these don’t help alleviate their snoring.
  • Have some other medical condition that makes breathing difficult at night.

Three Popular Pillows – And What Customers Say

I investigated three popular anti-snore pillows. Here’s whether or not real-time users thought they were helpful.

picBrookstoneAntiSnorePillowBrookstone Anti-Snore Pillow

Brookstone has a reputation for state-of-the-art technology and above average quality. We were surprised to find that although some consumers raved about their Anti-Snore Pillow, others were less than impressed.

Cost: $59.99

Average User Rating: 3 out of 5 stars (amazon.com)

Positive Comments:

  • “This is the right pillow for me. It helps with my snoring by satblizing my head and neck.” – Janice S
  • “I bought this pillow for my husband who snores all through the night…It is a miracle as nothing else has helped elevate his snoring condition.” – momofthree
  • “I bought this pillow for my fiancee who is the by far the noisiest person in bed I have ever come across….Other than a bit of heavy breathing, this man did not snore once. Not once.” – carroyo

Negative Comments:

  • “Didn’t work at all. I lasted all of a half an hour before I had to give (my husband) his old pillow back. Brookstone refuses to refund the item because it’s considered a ‘personal item’.” – Rachel M. Kozak
  • “Major headaches in the morning. Very very uncomfortable….Could not turn my head to the side, cavity too small.” – Sharon Pierre
  • “I tried it for several nights with no success…still snored….So wanted it to work, but didn’t for me.” – kutarheel

picSonaPillowSONA FDA-Cleared Anti-Snore and Mild Sleep Apnea Pillow

This interesting device certainly looks space-age, with its unique contouring. And the FDA endorsement is encouraging, although we don’t know what, specifically, it was FDA-approved for (we couldn’t find confirmation that it’s recommended for apnea specifically).

Cost: $59.00

Average User Rating: 3 out of 5 stars (amazon.com)

Positive Comments:

  • “This pillow is aaaaamazing. My husband was snoring so much that I had to use ear plugs…(using this pillow) I can sleep through the night and not wake up from his snoring.” – S. L. Ausborn
  • “This pillow has stopped my snoring, according to my wife. I do seem to be getting better sleep.” – PanzerPink
  • “All right by me!…Overall, this pillow is terrific for me and I highly recommend it for anyone who has a problem with snoring.” – Matthew G. Sherman

Negative Comments:

  • “Bulky, uncomfortable, impractical, noisy, made my neck sore, and didn’t stop my snoring.” – Gary Weaver
  • “I thought this would help me but it didn’t. It is mushed up now. Doesn’t keep its shape well. I went back to my memory foam pillow. It actually was uncomfortable.” – Alauda Trevor
  • “I found the pillow to be too soft and (it) did little to quiet my snoring”. – Melissa Kaufman

picScienceOfSleepPillowScience of Sleep Snore No More Pillow

The distributor states that this pillow was designed by a physician. Its price is a bit easier to swallow for some consumers, while receiving the same average rating.

Cost: $38.94

Average User Rating: 3 out of 5 stars (amazon.com)

Positive Comments:

  • “This pillow saved my marriage…Buy it…it’s worth it.” – rvnv
  • “I got this pillow for my husband, who snores like a freight train, and has tried everything, including mouth pieces. From the very first night he slept with it, his snoring has subsided – great product.” – jamie_wildblue
  • “Since getting this pillow I have not snored, period. It is a miracle. I can actually sleep flat on my back and I do not snore.” – P.M. Keene

Negative Comments:

  • “The pillow was comfortable (according to my husband) but it did not stop his snoring at all.” – Jenifer Radcliffe
  • “Hit or miss.” – Alison L. Adejokun
  • “This is a nice pillow, but my husband still snores like crazy! I guess this is not the answer for us.” – Gramazona

Are Anti-Snore Pillows Worth a Try?

The above pillows have certainly worked for some users. We recommend talking to your doctor to find out if an anti-snore pillow may work for your specific snoring situation.

Interestingly, even when the pillows did not help with snoring, there appear to be some pluses consumers may not have thought of. For instance, some consumers who said the pillow didn’t help with their snoring added that it was beneficial for alleviating neck pain or other positional discomforts. Their high ratings came from this fact, leading us to believe that an anti-snore pillow was a significant life improvement for these customers.

Be careful: some manufacturers will refuse returns on “personal items.” Not all manufacturers rate pillows as a personal item, but most do. Be sure to read the return policy before purchasing an anti-snore pillow in case it doesn’t work for you.

If you find that anti-snoring pillows aren’t helpful, do look into other possibilities, such as mouth guards and chin straps, both of which may provide relief depending upon the source of your snoring issue.

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Do Anti-Snoring Devices Work?

Several factors determine whether you snore in your sleep: the structure of your sinuses and mouth, your weight, whether you smoke or drink alcohol and whether you suffer from nasal congestion. The treatment for snoring therefore depends on identifying the cause and finding the right device to help you (and your family members) get a quiet, good night of sleep.

Of all the anti-snoring products being marketed today, anti-snoring mouthpieces are a major draw; so, it is worth finding out how they compare with other devices.

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How Anti-snoring Mouthpieces Work

When you fall into a deep sleep, the muscles in your mouth cavity relax, and this can cause them to fall back, blocking the airways. As the air forces its way across these tissues, there is a forced vibration that causes the typical sound of snoring.

Anti-snoring mouthpieces are dental devices placed within the mouth to help reduce snoring. Some anti-snoring mouthpieces hold up the soft tissues of the palate; others pull the jaw in front and prevent the tongue from falling back.

Although there are several different models available, all such devices work on the principle of holding up the tissues within the throat and preventing them from blocking the airways.

Chin-strapIf your snoring is a result of tissues blocking the airway, anti-snoring mouthpieces are sure to provide you relief. There are a few disadvantages, though. For instance, you need to insert the mouthpiece into your mouth every night before sleeping, and in the beginning you’ll have to get used to this.

Some people find that using the mouthpiece makes their mouth secrete a greater amount of saliva that dribbles out without their knowledge; still others may find that their mouth tends to stay open when they use the anti-snoring mouthpiece, and this causes a dry mouth that leads to a foul mouth odor on waking.

Of course these problems can be overcome by using a chin strap that keeps your jaws in position so the mouth is held closed during sleep. Occasionally, if the anti-snoring mouthpiece is too tight a fit, it can lead to problems with the jaw joint; so it is important to choose the right model that is effective without causing you discomfort.

Anti-Snore Pillows

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Some people are mild snorers and snore only when lying flat on the back. If this is true in your case, all you need to do is ensure you sleep on your side and the snoring will stop.

Now this is easier said than done; if you are used to sleeping on your back, this is probably the most comfortable for you. You may lie in bed on your side but once you fall asleep, you are most likely to get back onto your back and then, the snoring starts.

The tennis ball trick is an option to keep you from rolling back. Sew in a tennis ball into the back of your night clothes and anytime you turn onto your back, this will cause pain and in response, you go back to lying on your side.

However, some people find that this can be quite painful and often ends up disturbing sleep and is therefore, not a viable solution. If you want another method of keeping yourself in the right position to avoid snoring, try anti-snore pillows.

Anti-snoring pillows also need you to sleep on your side. They are designed in such a way that they keep your head elevated at an angle so that your airways remain clear. Of course, you need some time to adapt to this new way of sleeping, but once you get used to it, it may be the only anti-snoring aid you need to sleep in peace.

Nasal Devices for Snoring

snore pin anti-nasal devicePeople who snore because of nasal congestion generally benefit by the use of nasal devices. Nasal dilators are devices made of metal or plastic – they resemble nose rings and are to be placed within the nose at bedtime. The dilator helps to keep the nostrils well apart during sleep and this relieves the congestion and you stop snoring.

Several nasal strips that look just like sticking plasters are also available; you need to place these on the outside of the nose to keep nostrils apart and prevent the nasal passage narrowing in deep sleep.

If you chronically suffer from nasal congestion due to a cold or a sinus infection, you ought to look at methods that help relieve this underlying cause. Rinsing the nose with salt water and a hot shower before you sleep can help to clear the nasal passage of the congestion. Speak to a doctor about using nasal decongestants to help with your snoring because long-term use may not be advisable.

Mandibular Advancement Devices

In people who snore because of vibration of the back of the tongue, a mandibular advancement device (MAD) – also called a mandibular repositioning splint – may work better than other anti-snoring devices. This is designed in such a way that it causes your tongue and jaw to move forward, preventing the tongue from blocking the airways.

It’s similar to a mouthpiece as described at the beginning of this article, but must be custom-fitted for your mouth.

An orthodontist-designed MAD that is customized for you has an advantage over a simple anti-snoring mouthpiece in the sense that it can also help with sleep apnea. The drawback is that they may not be as comfortable, and are much more expensive … though as it’s prescription-only, your health or dental insurance may pick up most of the tab.

Do anti-snoring mouthpieces work? Yes, they do. Will a nasal device help to reduce snoring? Yes, it can. Do anti-snore pillows work? Yes, they do. Is a mandibular advancement device useful? Yes, it is.

The problem is, not everything works for everyone, so you may have to try several different methods until something works for you. It is best to first talk to your doctor or dentist to see what type of device will work for you.

Comparing between these devices has no meaning because each one works on a different mechanism and comes with its own pros and cons. The most important thing to remember is that rather than looking at which is the best anti-snoring device, you ought to focus on which one is the best for you.

Understand first the cause of your snoring, and you will be able to make an easy decision of which device to choose.

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ZQuiet Anti-Snore Device – Does It Work?

Zquiet Comfort KitSnoring affects more than your sleep – it can have long-lasting effects on your health as well as your relationships. But you don’t need me telling you this – the very fact that you are here indicates you already know it and realize the need for some quick action.

So, let’s take a look at one of the anti-snoring mouthpiece devices that is proving to be quite popular – ZQuiet.

What is ZQuiet?

ZQuiet is an anti-snoring device that has been designed by Dr. Avery Lieberman, DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery), who is one of the leading Dental Sleep Specialists in the USA, with over 20 years of experience in this field.

Made of a soft elastomer (feels like rubber) that is free from BPA and latex, ZQuiet complies with the FDA’s stringent guidelines for consumer safety; in fact, ZQuiet is one of the few dental devices available on the Internet that is regulated by the FDA for use to treat snoring.

How ZQuiet Works

People snore due to a variety of reasons – allergic conditions can cause congestion of the nasal passage and being exposed to smoke and other pollutants can irritate and inflame the respiratory tract. In such cases, doctors generally prescribe nasal sprays or strips to do away with the congestion.

However, quite a few people snore because the soft tissues of the palate vibrate and fall back, blocking the airways. In such persons, it is important to prevent this from happening and this is where anti-snoring devices play a vital role.

These devices fit into the mouth in such a way that they ensure the tissues do not block the airspace. In turn, this ensures there is no resistance to the flow of air in and out of the airways. ZQuiet works on this principle to alleviate snoring in your sleep.

You place the device in your mouth, and go to sleep. The Zquiet gently holds your jaw forward, keeping your airways open in your throat. This is the way most anti-snoring mouthpieces work … however, ZQuiet is a little different. How?

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What’s Different About ZQuiet?

zquiet-sideFor several years now, dentists have been using such oral appliances to help patients with their snoring when asleep, so it’s not something that is really new. However, there are a few features that make ZQuiet different from others on the market.

  • Living Hinge Technology” – this is a mechanism that allows your jaws to move naturally during sleep, even as you breathe in comfortably through either your nose or mouth. The manufacturers say that people can even talk or take a drink of water with the device in place.
  • It’s more comfortable The device is made of a type of soft rubber, making it highly comfortable for daily use. For many people, this sort of comfort means they are less likely to wake up with pain in the jaw or the face; in the long run, there is more of a chance of using this anti-snoring device on a regular basis.
  • Ease of use – you do not need a time-consuming – and probably quite expensive – visit to the dentist. No lengthy sittings to determine the perfect fit, no complicated setting-up process; just unwrap the package and place the device in your mouth before going to bed and you are done. The device comes with an instruction manual that explains how it is to be used.
  • Regulated by the FDA – ZQuiet has been designated as a class II medical device by the FDA. Considering how stringently the FDA evaluates products, you can be sure that it is truly safe for use. Not many mouthpieces have this distinction.

What People are Saying About ZQuiet

Zquiet and the caseConsidering that there is so much buzz around ZQuiet, I decided to find out what people who have actually used it have to say. A striking testimonial is that of Alan M. of Cottonwood, AZ, who says his snoring of more than 30 years was greatly reduced the night he first used ZQuiet. Although he admits it took him some time to get used to the mouthpiece, Alan appears happy with the way it worked to help him and his partner get sound sleep.

On his blog, Steve Jenkins provides a truthful account of his experiences with this device; although he was initially wary of it, he wholeheartedly asserts that it actually works. So happy are they with the effectiveness of ZQuiet that Steve and his wife have starred in an infomercial made for TV, sharing their positive experiences with this device.

Of course, results may vary, and this device is used to treat simple snoring.

Things to Watch Out For

One thing that is clear from the way people describe their experiences with ZQuiet is that takes a few weeks to feel truly comfortable with using the device. This is probably quite understandable considering that your mouth and jaw have to adapt to the presence of a new object – a phenomenon that is similar to how the eyes need time to adjust when a person begins wearing contact lenses.

The fact that the device causes your jaws to move forward to prevent snoring means there will be some initial discomfort that lasts for a few days until your jaw muscles get used to the new positions.

Another point to remember – although ZQuiet is suitable for almost everyone who snores because of tissues blocking the airway, it cannot be used by those who wear full dentures.

How the 2-Step, 30-Day Trial Works

If you decide to try the ZQuiet with the link below, you will be given a special 30-day trial to assess how it works. You will receive TWO Zquiet mouthpieces – both of slightly different sizes so one will fit your jaw. You will also receive two booklets on how to sleep better. You will pay a non-refundable $9.95 for shipping and handling.

zquiet packageIf the device works for you and you decide to keep it, you pay a one-time fee of $79.95 after the first month (35 days from the shipping date).

If you decide that the ZQuiet isn’t for you (either because you still snore or because you just aren’t satisfied for any reason), you can return it. You have to follow these steps:

1. Call the ZQuiet customer service number at 1-800-281-0543, between 8AM and 5PM PST, Monday to Friday

2. You will be given a special RMA number – you must call within 30 days

3. Ship the product back before the 45th day, with the RMA number (you need to pay return shipping.)

What I Think of ZQuiet

From a careful analysis of the features of ZQuiet and the testimonials of people who have actually used it, I definitely think it is a product worth trying. With it being a class II medical device by the FDA and the 30-day trial period offer, this is probably one of the devices you ought to try to quiet your snoring and improve the quality of your life.

Note that ZQuiet is a high performance medical device, so it is available at the official ZQuiet website and from select physicians and dentists. Rx only.
For those of you who have tried it, let me know your thoughts below!
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VitalSleep – How Effective is This Anti-Snoring Mouthpiece?

vitalsleepWith all the anti-snoring mouthpieces available today, choosing one can be a daunting task. If you snore through the mouth, you possibly have a problem with keeping your jaw closed in position during sleep. This means that the ZQuiet anti-snoring mouthpiece that your co-worker swears by – which works to retain the tissues within the throat in position – may not be the best one for you.

Instead, you ought to try a device such as VitalSleep, which works to hold your jaw in position instead.

How Does VitalSleep Stop You From Snoring?

During the deeper stages of sleep, all your muscles – including the ones that hold the jaws in position – go slack. This means that if you sleep on your back, your mouth tends to hang open. The resulting laxity of tissues in the mouth causes you to snore. What you need is a device that does not allow the jaw to drop and this, precisely, is what VitalSleep does.

how does vitalsleep mouthpiece work?

It is a mouthpiece that works on correcting the jaw position. As a result, the lower jaw moves forward to keep the mouth closed. This automatically lifts the tongue, preventing it from collapsing and blocking the airways.

As a result of both these actions, you stop snoring through the mouth, ensuring a comfortable night’s sleep for you as well as your partner. The device has a sliding mechanism (“boil-and-bite”) that you can adjust and fine-tune into position using a mini hex key to ensure it fits well without causing discomfort.

How Comfortable is It? Very!

Generally, jaw retaining mouthpieces are constructed of a solid plastic material that feels hard against the jaw. Often, this is the reason why many people find it difficult to use them and get a good night’s sleep.

VitalSleep has a distinctive advantage over other similar jaw retaining mouthpieces on the market today – it is made of a soft plastic that molds itself to the contours of your jaw. All you need to do is warm the mouthpiece in boiling water to sterilize and soften it before inserting it into your mouth; bite down hard on it and VitalSleep fits into place.

What’s the Buzz Around VitalSleep?

VitalSleep is made by a US-based company called “The Snore Reliever Company.” The product is free of latex as well as BPA.

Most importantly, it has been cleared by the FDA, so you know there is nothing to worry about the safety of the mouthpiece. It has also been classified as a Class 1 medical device in Europe.

I checked around to see what people are talking about it and found that quite a few users appear happy with the results.

On the “Does it Really Work?” website, Bob says he noticed a marked difference in how his airways stayed open by using VitalSleep. Although it did cause a little initial soreness, he says he has got used to it and sleeps way better with the mouthpiece on to wake up fresh and energetic.

On the Yahoo Shopping website, a snorer’s wife gave a thumbs-up verdict. She feels his snoring has been reduced right from the time he began using VitalSleep.

What Else About This Mouthpiece?

Okay – so it is FDA-approved and safe, it is (relatively) comfortable and people have been reporting good results using it. What else? Here are a few more reasons to try VitalSleep.

  • Unlike some of the other mouthpieces, it can be used even by people who wear dentures – provided the dentures stay on during the night.
  • VitalSleep comes in two different sizes – regular and small. You can choose the size that is best for you based on how large or small your jaw is.
  • The device is close to the natural color of teeth; so it blends in better as compared to some of the “loudly white” anti-snoring mouthpieces.
  • It costs much less than other anti-snoring mouthpieces – fifty dollars. This means major savings when you compare the cost with that of other similar pieces on the market.
  • The company offers free replacements for an entire year, which is a huge bonus in my opinion
  • There is also a 30-day money back guarantee. Since everybody is different, it may not work for you. Simply send it back.

The Fine Print

VitalSleep is a jaw retaining mouthpiece and therefore, it may suffer from the generic drawback of this class of products – a chance that it may change the alignment of the jaw. Considering that you will be wearing the mouthpiece every night to hold the jaw in place, it is likely that over time, the alignment of the jaw may get slightly modified.

But if the mouthpiece is helping you stop snoring and ensuring you and your partner sleep better, it’s up to you if this will be a big problem for you. If so, I suggest you try the Good Morning Snore Solution – it operates a similar way, except that it holds your tongue in a suction … this could cause some discomfort with your tongue, but you won’t have to worry about the alignment of your jaw.

My Verdict

After a thorough review of all aspects related to VitalSleep, I get the distinct impression that it is an anti-snoring mouthpiece that works well for mouth-snorers. Of course, chin-straps are also a way of keeping the mouth closed but with them, you have to worry about sleeping in a rigid position so that the strap does not slip off. Also, chin-straps do nothing with the tongue, and millions of people snore through their nose.

In comparison, VitalSleep stays within the mouth and aligns your jaw and tongue. More importantly, whatever the position in which you sleep, it continues to work efficiently throughout the night.

 

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Good Morning Snore Solution Review

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The Good Morning Snore Solution is quite different from all the other anti-snoring mouthpiece devices out on the market. It actually looks a little silly, in my opinion – almost like a reverse soother.

But then, if you know how well babies sleep with a soother, you’re willing to try anything to stop your snoring!

So, is big question is, does it work? … YES … and maybe. I’ll explain in a minute. First, though, why the strange design?

What is the Good Morning Snore Solution Mouthpiece?

place the good morning sleep solution device in your mouthMost other mouthpieces work by pushing your jaw forward to open your airways. The one problem with these is that they don’t always prevent your tongue from collapsing, causing you to snore anyway.

The Good Morning Snore Solution by MPowRX works differently in that it anchors your tongue as well, pulling it forward so it doesn’t constrict your airway. The device itself is thin and flexible, made from a medical-grade BPA-free resin, so it will feel comfortable for most mouth sizes with no custom fitting.

You place the device in your mouth, with the bulb part out. Stick your tongue into the bulb, and squeeze the air out. It almost feels like a suction, and there’s an actual pop as it encloses around the tip of your tongue, keeping it in place before you go to bed.

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It’s one of the most recent anti-snoring mouthpieces launched in the US, but it’s been around for some time in the UK and Canada. The product was invented by Dr. Leslie Dort, a dentist and sleep researcher, from Canada. It has gone through clinical tests, including a randomized controlled study, and has been found to be very effective.

In a study conducted in Canada, 32 people with chronic snoring were allowed to use this device in their sleep for one week and the researchers kept track of how often the subjects woke. More than one-third of the subjects woke only half the number of times as compared with other nights when they did not use the device. The researchers also reported that there was an approximate 40 percent decrease in the number of times the subjects snored during the night. A  majority of the users expressed their willingness to keep using GMSS regularly.

This study, published in the May 2008 issue of the Journal of Sleep and Breathing indicates that Good Morning Snore Solution is an effective anti-snoring device.

The Good Morning Snore Solution has the approval of Health Canada as a Class I medical device for snoring and mild sleep apnea. The FDA in the United States has cleared it as a prescription device for snoring. It also has the approval of the European Commission as well as the Therapeutic Goods Administration of Australia.

Is it Right for You?

Many people snore, but not all snore because of the same reason. Considering the credentials of Good Morning Snore Solution, I’d like to say it’s the best solution for anyone who snores, but that would not be the entire truth.

If you snore because of a nasal allergy or sinus infection, GMSS will not help; you need to get rid of the congestion by using a nasal decongestant or using a neti pot to flush out the congestion. If you snore because your jaw hangs open in your sleep, GMSS is not the right device for you – you need an anti-snoring device that works to retain the jaw in position. But if you snore because your tongue falls back and blocks the passage of air through the airways, go ahead and buy Good Morning Snore Solution because it is possibly one of the best devices for your condition.

What’s the Feedback?

Going by what users say, GMSS appears to be an effective and popular anti-snoring device. Most users complain of the discomfort of having the tongue in place all night … some users also experienced numbness in the tongue due. However, once they got used to it after a few nights, the feeling of discomfort diminished.

Dr. Stephan Hrach of Calgary Dental says that patients report they are satisfied with the way GMSS has helped them cope with snoring.

A Word of Caution

Although there may be some initial discomfort until your mouth gets used to having this device, it tends to gradually clear up with time. However, if you have bruxism and are already using some other dental device, speak to your dentist before you use Good Morning Snore Solution.

Also, if you suffer from nasal congestion, you need to treat that before you use this device, because the GMSS blocks your mouth, and this could lead to insufficient oxygen reaching your lungs.

Finally, like most snoring devices, returns can be a hassle, as manufacturers will have to dispose of any used items returned. This means there will likely be disposal and shipping fees. Some customers have had hassles returning the product, though all have received refunds, minus shipping fees. The device is also sold from a Canadian address, so be aware of international shipping.

mpowrx gnss3 Reasons I Recommend Good Morning Snore Solution

Here’s why I think GMSS is a good option:

  • It has been clinically proven to act through actual research study and this means it is a credible device, not an empty boast.
  • Feedback about the device is positive. However, everybody is different. If you find it does not work for you, there is nothing to lose – all you need to do is return the device within the specified 30-day limit and you can have your money refunded.
  • It has been approved by almost all the major drug regulatory bodies across the world – a difficult feat to achieve unless the product is really effective and safe.

Try the Good Morning Snore Solution risk-free, direct from their website

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