August 24, 2022 3 min read
Snoring is a common annoyance. An estimated 40% of women and up to 57% of men admit that they snore, at least occasionally. In most of these cases, however, snoring is benign and nothing to worry about. But if you snore on most nights or sleep next to someone who does, you’ll probably want to seek out a solution for your chronic snoring problem.
A seemingly popular anti-snoring solution that you might come across is anti-snoring sprays. These products are said to stop snoring by lubricating and decongesting the upper airways. But are they worth your money or should you consider investing in something else?
Anti-snore sprays are medicated or non-medicated products that are sprayed into your upper airways to help stop snoring. They fall into two main categories:nasal spraysand throat sprays.
Nasal sprays prevent snoring mainly caused by allergies, sinus infections, or upper respiratory tract infections. There are many different categories of nasal sprays, containing various ingredients that decongest the nose by reducing inflammation or mucus production. Common ingredients found in these sprays include essential oils, antihistamines, anticholinergic, steroids, and saline.
Throat sprays, on the other hand, are meant to be sprayed into the back of your throat or soft palate. These promise to stop snoring by tightening and lubricating the soft palate, thus minimizing friction that’s behind most snoring. Most throat sprays on the market are made with a combination of hydrating and coating ingredients and essential oils.
Nasal sprays, in particular,may work if your snoring is due to nasal congestion. Some studies have even found these sprays to be effective against some cases of sleep apnea with rhinitis. But if your snoring isn’t due to a blockage in your nose, but rather from something else, then nasal sprays would be a waste of money.
And as far as throat sprays go, there’s little evidence to support marketing claims regarding how these sprays combat snoring. The lubrication and alleged tightening provided by throat sprays can’t help open up the upper airway to allow normal airflow. And that’s simply because most snoring is a result of tissues in the back of the throat being weak and collapsing, thus obstructing normal airflow. This can happen for a range of reasons: weakening of throat muscles, excess neck fat, having a long palate, or drinking too much alcohol — not a lack of lubrication.
And if you want to look at the evidence: a 2003 clinical trial inOtolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgeryfound that these products don’t make any difference in a person’s snoring. Furthermore, a double-blinded, placebo-controlled, crossover trial published a year later in the same journal found that lubricant-based sprays demonstrate a lack of subjective and objective efficiency.
Most snoring is an occasional and benign problem. But if you or your bed partner snore frequently and loudly, you might want to speak to your doctor because this type of snoring is one of the first signs of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is a serious condition that warrants immediate treatment.
Otherwise, theGood Morning Snore Solution tongue-stabilizing device has been clinically proven to work against simple snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. The device is easy and simple to use and can help you and your bed partner get the recuperating sleep you need and deserve.
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Wijewickrama RC, Blalock D, Mims JW. Study of lubricant-induced changes in chronic snorers (SLICCS).Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2004;131(5):606-609.doi:10.1016/j.otohns.2004.05.024
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