Guest post by Jimmy Keillor
When it comes to snoring, there are plenty of solutions out there for people to try, from sleep-retainers, to specialty pillows, to nasal strips and beyond. Besides solutions that require a prescription, these are some of the most effective snoring solutions that I’ve seen out there. Let me say, first and foremost, that neither I nor the site-owner are receiving any kind of compensation for these reviews. We do not necessarily endorse these products, and I write about them from a completely objective standpoint. That said, here are 5 of my favorite OTC anti-snoring products.
Good Morning Snore Solution
The ZQuiet is different from other mouthpieces in that it isn’t a jaw-retaining mouthpiece, but a tongue-retaining mouthpiece. This is one gets a lot of good reviews because it will remedy snoring that is caused by multiple problems, including blockage of the airway by tongue, uvula, jaw, etc., while many others are simply concerned with the jaw. This mouthpiece offers a level of comfort that many others don’t, and also has been backed up by studies done in controlled settings, published in the Journal of Sleep and Medicine.
Zicac Stop Snoring Wrist Watch
This is one of the more interesting snoring solutions out there—it’s not actually a watch, but a device that shocks you if you snore. So it’s like a shock-collar that you put on mischievous pups to keep them from barking, except that it’s not supposed to hurt you, or even wake you up, but just cause a sort of stimulus that will get you to change your sleeping position, roll over, etc. Unfortunately, the problem with this device is that it does hurt some people, while others don’t feel it at all. It’s all over the place in terms of who it works for and who it doesn’t, so I usually recommend staying away from this one.
Rematee Bumper Belt
The bumper belt is a very simple idea. Like anti-snoring pillows, the bumper belt is designed to keep snorers on their sides, though these belts do so by strapping inflatable bumpers to your back that makes it extremely hard to roll over. Like the Zizac Stop Snoring Wrist Watch, everybody reacts differently to this product because it is a one-size-fits-all belt. Those that this belt fits (and that snore because they sleep on their back, and for no other reason) generally review the product favorably. If you fit those criteria, you probably will too. If, however, you snore for reasons related to your weight, dry membranes, or anything other than the fact that you sleep on your back, this product is not for you.
Breathe Right Nasal Strips
Any type of nasal strip is going to be, most likely, your most inexpensive snoring remedy. Unfortunately, nasal strips don’t generally constitute a complete solution when it comes to snoring, but they do work pretty well as a supplementary device at the low price of about $10. Some people can’t seem to get these strips to stick, while on the other hand some people complain that they hurt to take off because they stick so much, so they are not perfect, but as newer iterations of the device come out these problems seem to be fast disappearing.
The SnoreEzzz is an interesting device. It is different from other anti-snoring pillows because of its two-piece design. Unfortunately, people I know (including myself) have given this pillow more bad reviews than good ones, because the pillow seems to go flat fast—which means that is not only uncomfortable, but also that it stops being effective. There are better solutions out there, but if you are looking for an anti-snoring pillow, this one is right there for $65.
There are, of course, plenty of other solutions out there, and a large majority of them don’t cost a thing. If you are interested in learning more about those tips, check out this page over at the Top Anti-Snoring Devices blog. Last, but definitely not least, feel free to leave a comment in the comments section below.
About the Author: Jimmy Keillor is a retired medical researcher and freelance writer who has studied the causes and effects of sleep deprivation his entire career. Many of his colleagues consider him a valuable reference when it comes to disruptive sleep patterns. When he’s not studying or writing, Jimmy enjoys parasailing and taking his two boys to the rodeo.