Snoring now and again is a perfectly natural occurrence. The back part of our palate hangs down as our top jaw moves back and narrows the airway. This is worse when you drink alcohol, or when you have a nose or throat infection. As we grow older, we also tend to snore more frequently. The best devices to stop snoring will open the airway and allow the person to breathe freely. This then reduces sleep apnea, and may actually improve the depressive condition.
Many people are not aware however that there is a correlation between sleep apnea and depression. Sleep apnea is when a person stops breathing for short periods during sleep.
When is snoring a problem?
As we all know, snoring can be a problem for both the snorer, and their partner.
Let’s deal with person who snores first:
Snoring is only a health risk (to the perpetrator), when the person experiences any of the following symptoms.
- Depression (According to this american study)
- Excessive daytime drowsiness, or waking up not feeling rested
- Morning headaches
- Recent weight gain
- High blood pressure
- Chest pain at night
- Decreased ability to concentrate or memory loss
- Observed pauses in breathing at night
- Waking up gasping for breath.
This indicates that a person may be suffering from sleep apnea, which means that they stop breathing during the night, and therefore don’t get enough oxygen. Sleep Apnea is made worse by being overweight, and it can cause high blood pressure.
Now the bed partner of the snorer:
Its one thing to have insomnia, but to have to lie awake, or end up in the spare room night after night because your partner sounds like a freight train, is simply not funny! If you’re lucky you can do the slight elbow bump and they’ll turn around for a few minutes of snoreless bliss, but in bad cases people snore all night long… loudly!
Some individuals, whom I will not name, deny till the cows come home that their snoring could possibly be a problem to the listener. Modern technology to the rescue! Simply block out the noise with snore cancelling earbuds.
These little earbuds are the ultimate in comfort and quiet, specifically designed to greatly reduce snoring sounds as well as other annoying environmental noises. They have no cables to entangle you, and they allow you to sleep peacefully next to your partner without wanting to throttle them.
If you sleep near someone who snores, these earbuds are for you.
The Best Devices to Stop Snoring
Right! Now that the victim is sorted out, lets see how technology can stop you from sawing down a whole forest every night.
The anti-snoring mouthpiece
An anti-snoring mouthpiece makes a lot of sense to me personally, as I often get hay fever or a post nasal drip. This mouth piece allows you to breathe through your nose or mouth without difficulty. You can still use it when you have a blocked nose in other words.
Snoring is most often caused by a lowered soft palate (the back part of your mouth above your throat). This mouthpiece is designed by a dentist to move your top jaw forward the slightest bit. This means the soft palate cannot collapse, you get ample breath, and viola, the snoring disappears. If you’ve been suffering from sleep apnea, this can be life changing, as your headaches will reduce, your blood pressure can improve, and most importantly, you’ll feel rested in the morning!
- Designed by a dentist
- There are two mouthpieces in an order to ensure the best fit for you. When its time for replacement you can order one at a time.
- It is designed to be comfortable, easy to use, and enables freedom of jaw movement so you can sleep with your mouth open or closed.
Other devices to stop snoring:
There are various nostril opening devices on the market, which I can imagine will help for people who have skew septum (the cartilage between your nostrils). As I haven’t tried them, I’d not like to make a suggestion regarding their efficacy.
Can a anti-snoring device stop depression?
This is for us the million dollar question. Obviously it depends on the cause of your depression. If you are someone who suffers from sleep apnea and also from depression, it makes perfect sense that consistent good sleep, with consistent optimal breathing can improve your mood and mental state. I think its certainly worth a try!
Please feel free to comment below and add your experience, or tell us what worked for you.
Stay happy and healthy!