Before looking at any stop snoring device, it is important to establish a baseline in order that you can know which treatments are working an improvement and which are not. This can be difficult to do.
For those who have a willing partner to assist them it may be as simple as asking them to give feedback on whether or not they notice an improvement once a treatment is under way. Those who live alone could even resort to make recordings of their self whilst sleeping in order that they can assess the effectiveness of any treatments they try.
There are numerous anti-snoring devices available on the market including a pillow that forces the snorer to sleep on their side. Sleep position is known to contribute to snoring and those who sleep on their backs tend to be worse snorers so a side sleep position is to be encouraged.
Another device to stop snorers from adopting a sleeping on their back position is the snore ball. Whilst there are gadgets available for purchase this can also be readily improvised from materials available in the home. A small ball is lodged in a pocket sewn into the back of the snorers night attire and this makes it uncomfortable for them to sleep whilst lying on their backs.
Sleep Position Monitors
The sleeping position is obviously thought to be a major contributory factor to snoring as yet another device exists the sleep position monitor that registers a change in position and emits a beeping alarm. The idea is that the snorer becomes programmed not to sleep on their back and the alarm can eventually be discarded.
Nasal strips can be purchased which are applied externally to the nose and act to widen the nasal passages. These are even being utilised by sportsmen to promote respiratory efficiency. An alternative device that works on the same principles is a nasal dilator that consists of a plastic or metal coil that is inserted into the nostrils before sleep and acts to keep the nasal passages open during sleep. These two devices both seem to cut down on the vibratory noise that many snorers emit.
The market is full of oral appliances, tongue trainers and even a little device that emits an electric shock when it senses its wearer is snoring. The stop snoring market is huge!
Another alternative is to examine diet and food allergies or intolerances. Allergies often affect the mucous membranes which become inflamed and congested. The congestion blocks the airway and snoring occurs. Some people have reported an improvement in their snoring if they avoid dairy products and others report that vitamin C actually worsens their condition. A mention of food would not be complete without a mention of weight loss.
There is a direct link between snoring and obesity or even excess weight. For that reason, once serious underlying conditions have been ruled out, weight loss should be the first treatment considered for snoring. Of course, there are numerous added bonuses to be a healthy weight for your height including reduced risk of developing many other health conditions.
Avoiding alcohol and sedatives can do a lot to improve a snoring problem as it is often relaxed tissue that collapses and causes the obstruction that leads to snoring.
In short, there are many stop snoring devices and treatments to be tried and tested before resorting to surgery to cure a snoring problem.