Effective snoring treatment really depends on what’s causing your snoring. If you only snore when you sleep on your back, you may benefit from a side sleeping aid that encourages you sleep on your side.
There are also nasal patches and oral devices that can help to stop you snoring. However, if your snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea, you may need to look at treatment options for this condition.
Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (also spelt apnoea) are linked at an alarming rate – three in ten men and nearly two in ten women who are habitual snorers suffer from some degree of obstructive sleep apnea.1 Sleep apnea prevents you from getting the healthy sleep you need to lead an energetic life.
Don’t wait for a nudge from your partner. Many people only snore when they lie on their back. Try sleeping on your side instead.
A sleep repositioning device can help to keep you sleeping on your side. Look for one that records your snoring so you can tell whether your sleeping position affects how you snore.
A pillow that positions you to sleep on your side and in a slightly elevated position can shift your centre of gravity to your lower body and reduce the pressure on your airways.
By supporting your neck, your throat and soft palate are aligned to enable air to flow more freely.
Many people find that putting a small patch on their nostrils reduces their snoring. It causes a slight rise in pressure in their airways which has been clinical proven to reduce or eliminate snoring.2
Repositioning your lower jaw using a dental splint that you wear while you sleep can help open up your airway and stop snoring. These devices have been clinically proven to stop snoring in almost 90% of people.3 There are no batteries, cords or power, required.
2. Young T et al. N Engl J Med 1993; 328(17):1230–5.
3. Kryger MH et al. J Clin Sleep Med. 2011 Oct 15;7(5):449-53B.
4. Vecchierini MF et al. Sleep Med. 2016 Mar;19:131-40.