People who snore because of a nasal problem (an estimated 15 to 20 percent of snorers) may get relief from Breathe Right Nasal Strips. In fact, nasal strips are the only over-the-counter snoring remedy recommended by sleep doctors. They're easy to use and relatively cheap, and many snorers swear by them. However, if you snore for some other, non-nasal reason, such as sleep apnea, Breathe Right won't help.
Worth a try for snorers who are congested at night. Breathe Right Nasal Strips hold your nostrils open while you sleep -- "a well established treatment for those who snore because they suffer from nasal stuffiness," says the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine also says nasal strips are worth a try for snorers who are congested at night. Snorers themselves agree: Breathe Right is the top-rated snoring remedy in user reviews at both Amazon.com and Drugstore.com.
But if your snoring doesn't start in your nose, Breathe Right won't do a thing. "I snored every night" while testing Breathe Right strips, says Chip Brantley at Slate.com. Rory Clements at the Daily Mail (U.K.) "snored throughout the night" while testing Breathe Right, too, "though more gently than I sometimes do."
Simple stick-on strips. Breathe Right strips simply stick like a Band-Aid on the outside of your nose (the winged design lifts the nostrils). Most users find them comfortable, although you'll need to figure out which type works best for you: Breathe Right comes in both tan and clear, and they use different adhesives. The tan strips' adhesive is stronger, but some users with sensitive skin find it irritating and prefer the gentler adhesive on the clear.
Brantley at Slate.com likes using the strips but says, "They often peel off of one side of my nose after an hour or two. Plus, they leave strip marks on my face the next day."
This website of the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association recommends Breathe Right Nasal Strips -- but only for nasal snoring. The site describes simple tests to figure out if you snore for some other reason (palatal flutter, tongue base snoring, etc.). The strips and other products don't appear to have been tested.
Review: What Can I Do to Stop Snoring?, Editors of BritishSnoring.co.uk, April 2012
2. The New York Times
If you snore because you're congested, nasal strips may help, top sleep doctors tell The New York Times. They also recommend behavioral changes, like sleeping on your side, and being tested for sleep apnea if all else fails. There is no recommendation of a specific brand.
Review: Snoring: What to Do When a Punch in the Shoulder Fails, Walecia Konrad, Dec. 10, 2010
3. BBC News Magazine
The BBC reports on a snoring remedy test done by Which? magazine, the U.K.'s version of ConsumerReports.org. Out of seven over-the-counter remedies, only two -- Breathe Right Nasal Strips and a "Singing for Snorers" CD designed to strengthen the throat muscles -- seem to work.
Review: Snoring 'Cures' Fail for Majority, Editors of BBC News, May 26, 2009
4. Daily Mail (United Kingdom)
Journalist Rory Clements tests 10 snoring remedies in 10 days, including Breathe Right strips. They don't work -- but nothing else does, either. He does say the strips feel good and he snored more gently. Turns out his snoring was linked to drinking wine too close to bedtime. When he abstains, the snoring stops.
Review: Ten Snoring Cures, Rory Clements, Not dated
5. Slate Magazine
Breathe Right strips don't work for Chip Brantley, either: He doesn't stop snoring until he safety-pins a tennis ball to the back of his shirt to keep him sleeping on his side. He does like the "raw rush of cold, dry air" he breathes in with the Breathe Right strips, although they leave strip marks on his nose the next day.
Review: Silent Night: Which Snoring Remedies Actually Work?, Chip Brantley, Sept. 20, 2007
Breathe Right Nasal Strips are the top-rated snoring remedy on Amazon.com, averaging 4.3 out of 5 stars in more than 150 user reviews. Most use them to combat snoring, and most are happy -- although several say the strips didn't help their snoring at all (they only help nasal-related snoring).
Review: Breathe Right Nasal Strips, Large, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2013
Snorers here likewise award top marks to Breathe Right Nasal Strips: They average 4.5 out of 5 stars in more than 100 reviews for the various sizes. As at Amazon.com, though, a few users say they don't work for their type of snoring.
Review: Breathe Right Nasal Strips, Large, Clear, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of July 2013