Snoring Remedies: Ratings of Sources
Total of 10 Sources
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Snoring & Sleep Apnea Cures
by Editors of SleepEducation.com
Our AssessmentIn this article, the Clinical Practice Review Committee of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine carefully reviews various treatments to stop snoring. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is recommended for patients who snore because of sleep apnea; other suggestions include surgery, oral appliances and weight loss. As for over-the-counter (OTC) products, the Committee is skeptical, but they grant that internal nasal dilators "probably" reduce snoring, provided users can sleep with the dilators in place. Lubricants and external nasal dilator strips may also be effective, but not for everyone.
Test: Anti-Snoring Products
by Editors of Choice.com.au
Our AssessmentIn this review, Choice (an Australian consumer magazine similar to Consumer Reports in the U.S.) doesn't have snorers try out products, but rather asks the makers of 10 popular stop-snoring products (including pillows, nasal strips and dilators, essential oils and homeopathic products) for evidence to back up their claims; editors also consult the medical literature and interview sleep experts. Only Breathe Right Nasal Strips are supported by methodologically sound studies to back up their effectiveness, but some of this evidence is contradictory. The magazine concludes that "evidence to support most of the claims of effectiveness made by manufacturers of snoring products is pretty thin on the ground."
Let's have a quieter night in: it's all in the snore
by Esther Walker
Our AssessmentIn this British Newspaper article, Esther Walker cites the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association to the effect that mechanical stop-snoring cures (such as internal or external strips) are more effective than chemical remedies; she quotes a doctor who says that "surgery should not be taken lightly" since it has an uncertain success rate. Walker also points out that everyone snores in an idiosyncratic way, so there's no one cure-all for this condition.
Silent Night: Which Snoring Remedies Actually Work?
by Chip Brantley
Our AssessmentIn this amusing article, Chip Brantley describes his experience with a variety of stop-snoring products, rating them for ease of use, restfulness when waking, and his wife's irritation level. He gets the best results from a tennis ball taped to the back of his t-shirt, and gives the runner-up spot (facetiously) to the $45 Anti-Snor Therapeutic Ring. He calls Breathe Right Nasal Strips an "expensive habit," and says he snored every night while wearing them. The Pureline Scoreclipse nasal clip is disqualified from competition because "it hurt to wear" and "felt invasive."
by Editors of Consumer Reports
Our AssessmentIn this brief article, Consumer Reports looks at two popular types of anti-snoring remedies: external plastic strips and lubricating mouth sprays. Strips receive a lukewarm recommendation, but sprays are disparaged for a lack of scientific evidence to back up their claims. Overall, editors recommend losing weight, stopping smoking and avoiding alcohol before bedtime over store-bought remedies.
Commercial Snoring Aids Put to the Test
by Jennifer Warner
Our AssessmentJennifer Warner discusses a test conducted by an Air Force doctor in San Antonio, Texas, who compared the effectiveness of the lubricating mouth spray Snorenz, the ergonomic pillow Snore-No-More and external Breathe Right strips by having 37 snorers try each of the products for one night apiece. None of the stop-snoring tactics are deemed effective, though Breathe Right says its strips need to be used for at least six consecutive nights to achieve results.
Snoring Cures Success "Exaggerated"
by Editors of BBC News
Our AssessmentThis article summarizes the findings of the British magazine Health Which?, which evaluated the effectiveness of eight stop-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. Various moisturizers, sprays and mouthwashes are dismissed for lack of any clinical evidence of effectiveness.
New Treatments Help Prevent Snoring
by Daniel K. Hoh
Our AssessmentIn this article, Daniel Hoh discusses new surgical treatments for snoring, including palatal implants and laser surgery to remove excess tissue from the soft palate. These techniques are said to be increasingly effective, but they're also expensive (some cost well over $1,000) and may not be covered by insurance.
Sleep and Snoring
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com sells over 200 stop-snoring products, and some receive good ratings from a handful of users. However, since snoring (and snoring relief) is such a subjective matter, these recommendations (and pans) are not particularly useful.
Sleep & Snoring Aids
by Contributors to Drugstore.com
Our AssessmentAs at Amazon.com, some of the snoring remedies sold here receive high ratings from a handful of users. However, many of the items on this list aren't strictly for snoring, so the ratings are skewed because of the variety of intended uses.