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Snoring Devices

When researching a snoring device, you will likely be confronted with a litany of snake-oil cures. Sifting through them and separating the effective solutions from the duds, could end up being exhausting enough to actually cause a snoring problem.

There are some “anti-snore” devices which have gained more prominence than others. This is either because they have higher success rates, help prevent snoring for longer or have lower overall health implications. We listed some below and generally ranked them in order of snoring severity and invasiveness.

Snoring Pillow

Anti-snoring pillows come in a variety of forms and counteract various contributing factors of snoring, Mostly through, they raise the heads resting position so that the person’s breathing airways are more open, reducing the chances of snoring. And they discourage you rolling onto your back, which is the most common cause of snoring.

Additionally they are typically hypo-allergenic so as not to cause any type of allergic reaction with the dust, which can irritate the mucus membrane and cause snoring.

These pillows can be somewhat hit-or-miss with a snoring problem. It really depends on what factors are causing your snoring. In general though, they provide relief but don’t help more serious snoring problems.

Nasal Strips

These devices are a physical braces which are applied horizontally over the bridge of the nose (there are some which actually go into the nostrils) which are similar in appearance to a small plaster. The strips position your nasal passages to allow a better flow of air through them, reducing snoring.

As snoring devices go, these only really effective with mouth snorers. They also require daily replacement and can often cause a slight bruising around bridge which can be somewhat unsightly.


Dental mouth pieces for snoring can look similar to regular mouth-guards but are quite different. They push the lower jaw slightly forward which improves the passage of air stops the vibration of the soft palate and the uvula.

As a snore device, they are considered very effective and the results can be seen immediately. They only require replacement annually, on average so expenditure on the treatment is markedly lower. They’re also incredibly portable so you don’t have to worry about sleeping away from home.

Some people complain that they are uncomfortable at first. Although, this is typically because it takes a couple of nights to get used to or if they haven’t been moulded properly.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Machines

This isn’t a rather serious snoring device, as it’s a robust medical device used for obstructive sleep apnea. A pressurised mask connected to the CPAP machine is placed on the nose and streams air into the nasal passages.

The device does eliminate snoring but as a solution, it would be considered overkill. The mask restricts your movements and can be uncomfortable at times. It should really only be used for life threatening sleep apnea.

SnoreMate - 18 Oct 2012