If you are not able to sleep well at night you may feel exhausted during the day, experience headaches without any obvious reason and even have raised blood pressure. Snoring can cause a lot of disturbance and affect the quality of sleep. Snoring is common and studies indicate that more than 50% of adults have this condition. Some people are occasional snorers, whereas others are habitual snorers. Though snoring may be caused due to poor sleeping posture, it may also be due to an underlying medical condition such as obstructive sleep apnea.
When you sleep the palate, tongue and throat muscles relax. Air flowing through the respiratory tract can cause the relaxed tissues to vibrate and create the snoring sound. In some people, relaxed tissues may obstruct the air way and breathing becomes forced. This increases the vibrations and the snoring becomes louder. In addition to incorrect sleeping posture, other factors such as the anatomy of the mouth, nasal problems, obesity and consumption of alcohol can contribute to snoring.
For most people snoring is just a minor annoyance, but research reveals that it can seriously impact your health. This is because the relaxed muscles obstruct the flow of air into your respiratory system, interrupting breathing and cutting off oxygen supply for a moment. This can occur multiple times each night, resulting in poor blood oxygenation. Instead of feeling refreshed in the morning, you will feel exhausted. If you do not address your snoring problem, it may lead to health issues such as diabetes, stroke, heart attack or depression.
There are a number of methods that can be used to stop snoring depending on the severity of your condition. Making some lifestyle changes may be sufficient if you are a mild or occasional snorer. A doctor may advise you to avoid excessive alcohol, lose weight and stop smoking. If your snoring is because of a blockage in the nasal passage, the condition can be resolved by clearing the blockage. Other options available are nasal strips, throat sprays, dental devices, CPAP, surgery and stop snoring devices such as pillows, chin straps, etc. In this article, the effectiveness of a stop snoring chin strap is discussed.
The chin strap is a simple and affordable stop-snoring device that you can wear across your chin and around the head. It is used to treat the tendency of the lower jaw to fall back towards the throat during sleep. The adjustable anti-snoring device comes in a simple design made of neoprene that is comfortable to wear. The chinstrap helps to keep the mouth closed and holds the jaw in a slightly forward position, allowing the airway to remain open.
Studies show that approximately 80% of snorers sleep with their mouth open. Therefore, a chin strap will not only provide an easy remedy for most snorers, but is also a cost-effective solution. Further, a recent study by the Division of Sleep Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School, published in the Clinical Sleep Medicine Journal shows that wearing a chinstrap when you sleep may be an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.
However, not all experts agree. According to some, the chin strap serves the simple function of keeping the mouth closed during sleep and forcing you to breathe through your nose. They point out that forward positioning of the lower jaw is one of the most effective and clinically proven methods for opening up the airway. As the tongue is attached to the lower jaw, forward positioning of the lower jaw helps to hold the tongue forward. On the other hand, the snoring chin straps can sometimes perform the opposite function. In some wearers the strap actually pulls the lower jaw back rather than forward. This is common amongst those with a receding jawline or an overbite and for these people a chin strap will not be an effective method of controlling snoring.
In summary, the stop-snore chin straps may be helpful in certain situations, but for other conditions they may not be effective. For example, if you have problems in breathing through your nose because of allergies, sinus problems or other blockages it is not a good idea to use chin straps as it can limit your oxygen supply. It can also make sense to use a stop snoring chin strap in conjunction with an oral device or CPAP.