Everybody who has been told they snore, or those who sleep with someone who snores are constantly on the lookout for anti snoring remedies. Over the years many contraptions and medications have been touted the perfect anti snoring device, and while some may work sometimes, it is hard to find one that works all the time.
When a person falls asleep, their body becomes completely relaxed. Typically, when they breathe the soft tissue in the upper palate will vibrate causing the noise known as snoring. While just about everyone suffers occasionally, about 45 million people suffer from sever snoring, or rather their bed partners do the suffering. They are the ones usually seeking anti snoring remedies.
While snoring can be an incredibly sleep-depriving distraction for the bed partner, it could also be a sign of a serious medical condition known as obstructive sleep apnea. Snoring is a loud reminder that someone is having difficulty breathing while they sleep. The obstruction is depriving them of air and they typically will partially awaken during the night to breathe. Sometimes they will wake up hundreds of times each night and have no memory of their sleep being disrupted.
Finding a Cure for the Common Snorer
Like the common cold, finding an anti snoring medication or device is on everyone’s mind that lives with someone who snores. While certain devices and some sprays and medications may offer temporary relief, they often mask the bigger problem of sleep disorders. According to the Federal Trade Commission, regardless of what some ads may claim, snoring is not a disease that can be cured. Rather, it is a symptom of other, potentially more serious medical conditions and should be treated by medical professionals.
Small strips that athletes wear over the bridge of their nose to keep nasal passages open have been known to help people breath at night and are being treated as an anti snoring device. When obstructions block air from getting through the throat, air can still enter the lungs through the nasal passages. Other devices worn include a brace that attaches to the head and keeps the lower jaw slight forward of the upper jaw, also keeping the throat open.
Regardless of all the types of devices sprays and even rings worn as anti snoring devices, nothing should be used to mask the more serious potential of a person suffering from sleep apnea and they should consult their doctor or sleep center for proper diagnosis.