Recommendations of Breathe Right Nasal Strips are very equivocal; we found the best (or, at least, the least negative) reviews of this snoring remedy at Slate.com, BBC News Magazine, and SleepEducation.com.
Nasal congestion accounts for only ten percent of snoring cases, sleep researchers say, meaning only ten percent of snorers will find Breathe Right strips (which hold your nasal passages open as you sleep) to be an effective remedy. Still, reviews by users, tests by manufacturers and recommendations by doctors all point to Breathe Right Nasal Strips as the most effective (or, rather, the least ineffective) over-the-counter treatment for chronic snoring. The verdict on Breathe Right Nasal Strips is that they can't do any harm, but they can't control snoring nearly as well as behavioral or postural change, oral appliances or surgery.
In this amusing article, Brantley describes his experience with a variety of stop-snoring products, rating them for ease of use, restfulness when waking, and for how much they annoy his wife. He calls Breathe Right Nasal Strips an "expensive habit," and says he snored every night while wearing them.
Review: Silent Night: Which Snoring Remedies Actually Work?, Chip Brantley, Sep. 20, 2007
2. BBC News Magazine
This article presents the findings of the British magazine Health Which?, which evaluated the effectiveness of eight snoring remedies (not by having snorers test the products out, but by interviewing a panel of medical experts). The top-rated product here is Breathe Right Nasal Strips, even though experts say nasal breathing problems account for only ten percent of snoring cases.
Review: Snoring Cures Success "Exaggerated", Editors of BBC News, Dec. 11, 2001
The Clinical Practice Review Committee of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine reviews various snoring treatments. It's skeptical about over-the-counter (OTC) products, but grants that internal nasal dilators "probably" reduce snoring, provided users can sleep with the dilators in place.
Review: Snoring & Sleep Apnea Cures, Editors of SleepEducation.com, Apr. 2005