The Sleep Health Foundation estimates that between 30% – 40% of people in Australia snore. But snoring doesn’t just affect the snorer, it can also make it hard for partners and family members to get adequate sleep. In fact, snoring is one of the leading causes of divorce according to a recent American study. Read on to find out about the most popular anti-snoring products in Australia.
What is snoring?
Snoring is basically noisy breathing while asleep. The sound can be described as hoarse snorting noise. It occurs when the muscles and tissues in the roof of the mouth, tongue and throat relax while sleeping. This relaxation can cause the throat to narrow and vibrate as a person breathes.
Snoring is common, particularly in men. However, snoring can be indicative of a more serious health condition, such as Sleep Apnea. Seek medical advice before you try any of the products below.
What causes snoring?
The causes of snoring are varied. Here are a few possible risk factors:
- alcohol consumption
- cold or flu
- weight gain
- sleeping on back
- nose or throat problems
- eating too much at night
- sleep deprivation
- genetic predisposition
- advanced age
What anti-snoring devices are available in Australia?
There are many ways to reduce snoring. Choosing the right snoring solution will depend on the cause of your snoring. Check with your Doctor if you are unsure what device, if any, would suit you.
Products to stop snoring usually fall into three broad categories; oral devices, nasal devices and devices that help keep your mouth closed. Chin support straps or tape can be used to keep the mouth closed during the night to reduce snoring. Oral and nasal stop snoring solutions are a little more complex.
Mandibular advancement device
A mandibular advancement device is a type of oral anti-snoring device. These products look like mouth guards and are designed to move the lower part of your jaw forward slightly to open up the airway. You can experiment with how this would work now by pushing out your lower jaw and trying to make a snoring noise. If it is much harder to snore with your lower jaw out then a mandibular advancement device might be for you. Mandibular advancement devices vary in material, customisation and durability. Check out some of the options on the table below to see what works for you.
Nasal anti-snoring devices work by gently opening up the nostrils to allow proper nasal breathing. This can reduce the likelihood of mouth-breathing, which is the time when snoring occurs. Nasal dilators come in different shapes and sizes, most will offer a trial pack with all the size options so that you can try them at home and decide what is right for you.
A comparison of anti-snoring devices