Some Non-Surgical Snoring Treatment Options
As noted previously, there is a range of proven and effective snoring treatment options that don't involve surgery of any kind. This is welcome news to those who wish to seek a non-surgical alternative for any number of reasons, including:
-the high cost of surgery
-the vulnerability to post-surgery complications
-potential post-surgery side effects
-potential medication requirements that can have additional side effects
-potential masking of other problems, of which snoring was a symptom, not a cause
Let's look at key categories of non-surgical snoring treatment options.
1. Drug Therapies
4. Lifestyle Changes: Diet
5. Lifestyle Changes: Exercise
6. Sleeping Positions
7. Alternative Therapies
While any of these snoring treatment options may be effective, and possibly more than one, it's critically important that you monitor your snoring to ensure that you are making measurable progress towards your stop-snoring goals.
In other words: some of these non-surgical snoring treatment options might work better for you than others. And you should carefully investigate your options fully in order to find the solution that works best for you.
1. Snoring Treatment Using Drug Therapies
For many people, medically prescribed pharmaceuticals and drugs provide some relief from snoring, and snoring-related complications and are an effective snoring treatment option. The drugs help open the nasal passage, stimulate respiration and prevent the deep occurrence of Rapid Eye Movement (R.E.M.) sleep.
R.E.M. sleep is vital to the body's restorative process, and people who are chronically unable to achieve the R.E.M. state during sleep often experience an array of health problems, including emotional and psychological dysfunctions.
However, some anti-snoring drugs do try to limit the depths to which a snorer can enter the R.E.M. phase of sleep, thereby alleviating some of the deep, over-relaxation that occurs in the body, particularly in the throat area.
It's also worth mentioning saline sprays, which are not drugs at all, but are often included in this category because they're usually found at drug stores. Saline sprays help keep the mucus membranes moist, and thus cut down on vibration by keeping the airway open and unclogged.
2. Snoring Treatment Using Devices
Anti-snoring devices range from the very simple, to the somewhat complex.
-The "Sandler" Pillow™
A popular non-surgical snoring treatment device used is called The Sandler pillow (named after its inventor). This pillow, by design, compels the sleeper to sleep on his/her side. Since sleeping on the side generally closes the mouth, this can prevent some kinds of mild snoring from occurring.
-The Snore Ball
Invented in the early 20th century, the snore ball is another snoring treatment option which has undergone a series of improvements, and modern versions are available today. Snore balls are devices that the snorer puts on his back while sleeping (i.e. putting it in a pouch on the back of his pajamas). When he (or she) turns over to sleep on his back - and thus generally open his mouth while asleep and emit loud snoring - the snore ball gives him a wake up call of discomfort.
-Sleep Position Monitor
This is the modern equivalent of the Snore Ball. It is a device that emits a beeping noise whenever a snorer shifts turns over to sleep on their back.
These are small strips made of plastic which are used to widen the nasal valve and thus open up the airway to the throat and lungs. They are an extremely popular anti-snoring remedy.
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