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What's The Best Approach Towards Nasal Snoring?

The two main ways of snoring are nasal snoring and throat snoring. If you are searching for answers to your snoring problem, it is first necessary to determine which of the two you are suffering from.



If you sleep next to a partner, then they can probably tell you whether you snore through your nose or mouth. Another easy way to tell is if you constantly have blocked or congested nasal passages, then your snoring is probably nasal snoring. 

Both types of snoring are caused by blockages of the air passages, whether it is at the back of the throat or inside the nasal cavity. Still, even if you are a person who snores from the mouth, the cause may actually still be due to problems with your nasal passages. 

Nature intended for us to breathe through our noses when we sleep, and doing so eliminates most snoring problems. However, for people who constantly suffer from sinus problems, congestion, or blocked nasal passages, a lack of airflow can lead to mouth breathing while sleeping. 

This is why some nasal snoring devices can still be very useful for people who snore from their mouth, because these devices can open up the nasal passages and help ensure that the individual is able to breathe through their nostrils while sleeping.

Types of Nasal Snoring

 

Basically there are two distinct types of nasal snoring: one is caused by small or constricted nasal passages, while the other is caused by nasal congestion or inflammation, possibly due to allergies, a cold, or dust or pet dander. The second type is generally referred to as nasal stuffiness

 

nasal snoringSome people are born with smaller than normal nasal passages or have passages that collapse while sleeping. This problem keeps the air from correctly flowing through the nasal passages, which causes most people to breathe through their mouth while sleeping. 

Nasal stuffiness has the exact same effect on an individual and usually causes him or her to breathe through the mouth. While both types of nasal snoring have the same impact, the treatment options for each type are quite different. Still, there are quite a few anti-snoring devices available for each type of nasal snorer.

The two types of nasal based snoring we have looked at are by far the most common. However, there are a few other rare causes as well, including nasal polyps and a deviated septum. It will be necessary to visit your doctor and have your nasal airway examined to determine whether you suffer from these more rare medical problems. 

If you do suffer from either of these issues, then normally your doctor will probably recommend surgery as it is really the only effective treatment option for these conditions, although some people with a deviated septum do have luck with the same devices as used for those with collapsing nasal passages.

Treatment Options And Devices For Nasal Snoring
  • Small or Collapsing Nasal Passages

If you are a person who has small or collapsing nasal passages, then there are several different options available for you, ranging from nasal strips to nasal clips/ plugs, also known as nasal dilators. You can find more information on these different options below, as well as reviews of the most popular brands of these devices.

Breathe Right Nasal Strips

nasal snoringOne of the easiest and cheapest options for those with this type of nasal based snoring are nasal strips, and the most popular brand of these products is called Breathe Right

These strips are placed across the bridge of the nose, where they keep the nostrils open and the nasal passages from collapsing while breathing in. 

They use a small amount of a special adhesive substance to keep them in place while you sleep. 

The standard Breathe Right strips come in a variety of sizes and colors, and can normally be purchased for around $10 for thirty strips, although the price drops if you buy a box with more strips, such as the 100 pack. 

If you feel these strips are not quite doing enough for you, then you could also try Breathe Right Extra or the Breathe Right Advanced, each of which are 50% stronger, so they can open up the nostrils even further. They are available for around the same price as the standard strips.

Snorepin

The Snorepin is a small stop-snoring product that is used by fitting each of the conical ends into your nose. Once inserted, it is nearly completely hidden from view. Unlike some other brands, Snorepin also includes small slits along the device, which allow your noise hairs to poke through. This allows them to continue to do their job of filtering small foreign particles in the air, and to keep these particles from entering your lungs.

As well as reducing or stopping snoring, Snorepin may also be an effective device to help against sleep apnea. The Snorepin is made from antiallergic polyurethane, and it also does not contain any latex. Snorepins can be cleaned in water and soap, or even in the dishwasher.

People who have previously used nasal strips to keep their noses open during sleep may prefer this type of anti-snoring product, as it does not use any adhesive to attach itself, and is therefore much easier to remove in the morning.

Whether it will be effective for you depends on the reason you snore, even if you know your nose is involved. If you are snoring because of allergies or sinus problems, then the Snorepin may not be very effective in reducing your snoring. Also, based on the size of your nostrils, you may have difficulty with the product being either too big or too small, as it is a one size fits all design.

snorepinAs the device is made from clear plastic (making it hard to see once it's inserted) it may be difficult to find if it falls out in the middle of the night. Some users report coloring the part that doesn’t go in your nose, or tying a small piece of thread to the outside section, making it easier to find it in the sheets or floor the next morning.

The Snorepin is highly recommended by ENT doctors. The product is not recommended for children under 10, and should be used in the nose only. Each package contains two Snorepins, and retails for approximately $16-17.

  • Nasal Congestion/ Inflammation

For those who struggle with constant nasal congestion or nasal inflammation, there are several different options available. Some people have found relief using the devices described above, nonetheless there are easier and less obtrusive ways to reduce or eliminate nasal congestion. 

nasal snoringOne simple method is to ensure that you keep you room and bed free of dust, pet hair, and any other allergens. Many people also have had luck simply inhaling steam for a few minutes before going to bed, which should help clear any mucous and blockages. 

There are also many different saline or herbal nasal sprays on the market which can help to eliminate inflammation and congestion. Just make sure you choose one that is approved for long term use. Finally, if you continually struggle with nasal congestion, then your physician may decide to prescribe you a long term antihistamine which can also help to reduce or eliminate nasal inflammation.


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