|Nasal strips for snoring
Breathe easier all night
Snoring not only affects your sleep -- and anyone else's within earshot
-- it can affect your health as well. High blood pressure, artery disease,
muscle fatigue, and chronic headaches are some of the conditions that can
But take heart. If your snoring isn't caused by a serious problem,
finding relief may be as simple as sticky strip across your nose.
How it works
When you're asleep and your
airways are blocked, you snore. It can be caused by the vibration of your
soft palate or air passing through blocked or swollen nasal passages, Plenty
of remedies exist -- some work, some don't. But one drug- and surgery-free
snoring solution is gaining acclaim -- nasal strips.
Their simplicity makes nasal strips a brilliant invention. They are just
strips of flexible plastic with an adhesive backing. When you stick them
across your nose just beneath the bridge, they automatically try to
straighten. This creates a gentle, continuous pressure that makes the
nostrils expand. And voila ! The nasal airways open, airflow improves and
the frequency of snoring drops.
Helps you sleep better
A small European study involving
habitual snorers with confirmed nasal obstructions but no sleep apnea put
the Breathe Right brand of nasal strips to the test.
Compared to a placebo, the strips significantly reduced the amount -- but
not the loudness -- of snoring in the 12 participants. Researchers
speculated that the sound was unaffected because it is created in the
throat, not the nose.
A nasal strip may be just the
thing to relieve your snoring and give you a more comfortable night's sleep.
But you need to use it correctly. First of all, make sure you get the right
size. you need a strip that only covers your nose -- it's too big if it
touches your cheeks. Then follow the directions to make sure you place it in
the right spot.
Since nasal strips are disposable and can be used only once, you may want
to save money and buy generic rather than name brands.
If nasal strips and other self-help remedies don't work, make sure you
see a doctor about your snoring. it may be a symptom of a more serious
health issue that you can't afford to overlook. And you may need more
radical measures to overcome your problem, such as apnea treatment or weight