Nasal Strips and Nasal Dilators for Snoring. Do They Work?
If your snoring problem is caused by a stuffy nose, nasal strips, a nasal dilator or a nasal spray may help.
When the nose is blocked or congested then the body compensates by letting the mouth open and you snore if the tissues at the back of the throat vibrate. Nasal strips and nasal dilators aim to open the nasal passages to make breathing easier. Here we’ll look at some examples of these.
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Nasal congestion can be caused by:
- enlarged tubinates (the little ‘shelves’ that lie inside the nose. They’re covered with warm skin so that the air is warmed as it passes into the lungs)
- enlarged tissues caused by infection such as a cold
- enlarged tissues caused by allergies (common allergies in the home are animal dander, feathers, house dust and house dust mites, pollen)
- a deviated septum – ie the centre section of the nose is crooked.
- Nozovent is a nasal dilator made from flexible plastic. It fits in the nose but is anchored by little nodules that prevent it damaging any of the delicate tissues.
- It takes a little time to get used to.
- Can be cleaned with soap and water.
- Can be sterilised with boiling water.
- Comes in medium and large sizes and getting the right size for you is important in its effectiveness.
- On the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association website, 37 of 81 reviewers gave it 4/5 stars (maximum possible is 5/5).
- Lasts about 3 months before it needs to be replaced.
- Each pack contains 2 Nozovent dilators.
- Snoregem says it is a ‘medically approved device’. It’s a nasal dilator but comes with ‘chin up strips’ that help to keep the jaw in the right position to prevent snoring as well as opening the nasal passages. The manufacturers say that these shouldn’t be needed in the long term.
- It’s made from surgical stainless steel and is therefore long lasting.
- The makers also advise lifestyle changes such as losing weight, reducing alcohol intake and improving your fitness as ways to reduce snoring, all of which is very sensible.
- Also, they say that checking the nose is as clear as it can be by using nasal saline solution will help the device to work more effectively.
- On the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association website, 4 of 7 reviewers gave is 4/5 stars (maximum possible is 5/5).
Kleerway Nasal Strips.
- Nasal strips are adhesive strips that stick to the outside of the nose and increase the airflow. Sports people often use them too.
- Kleerway’s manufacturers say that their nasal strips are ‘clinically proven’.
- Also that studies have shown when they’re used regularly they can reduce the severity of snoring.
- They are latex free.
- Each pack contains 30 strips.
- On the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association website, 16 of 34 reviewers gave them 4/5 stars (maximum possible is 5/5).
Breathe Right Nasal Strips.
- Another self adhesive product designed to open the nasal passages from the outside.
- The strips are ‘spring’ like – they stretch and contract to get maximum lift on the nostrils.
- There is little product information on these strips but 23 of the 30 reviewers on the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association website gave is 5/5 stars (maximum possible is 5/5), preferring it over its competitor.
Rhynil Nasal Spray.
- This is a herbal spray containing Eyebright (Euphrasia Officinalis).
- It’s sprayed into the nose and the roof of the mouth, especially towards the soft palate as its astringent effects can lessen the fluttering of the soft palate, which is one of the sources of the snoring noise.
- It has no known adverse effects.
- The 35ml bottle contains enough for about 1 month’s treatment.
- On the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association website, 52 of 158 reviewers gave is 4/5 stars and 69 gave it the maximum possible 5/5.
Useful information about sleep, snoring and sleep apnea.
- National Sleep Foundation - Information on Sleep Health and Safety | Information on Sleep Health and
- British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association
Snoring and Sleep Apnoea information and advice. Products, treatments and remedies to buy on-line which will help you stop snoring.
If your problem originates in the nose, nasal strips or a nasal dilator may be a good snoring solution. Alternatives are anti snoring mouthpieces and/or anti snoring pillows. A combination of these items may help you and your bed partner get a better night’s sleep.