More Sleeping Aids for Snoring
Longtime readers will know that I like to cover the wild world of snoring sleep aids from time to time. My interest in these devices is more than idle; snoring, and its cousin obstructive sleep apnea, are terribly dangerous conditions that often go unchecked and untreated for decades at a time. One of the principal reasons: an aversion to invasive surgery such as septoplasty and turbinate reduction.
So when a new device comes along that may potentially address this fear without anesthesia, I pass it along. A number of ingenious solutions have hit the market in recent years, each attacking a different source of labored breathing. One device stimulates the tongue to disallow slackness; another alters the anatomy of the mouth’s airway itself; still others aim to keep the head positioned at a more robust angle.
This week’s entry is a chin strap designed to prevent the relaxation of mouth and neck muscles which can lead to snoring and interrupted sleep. While it may have a certain “As Seen On TV” quality, it also has the support of at least once clinical trial under its belt.
A closed mouth is only as good as the alternate airway it creates, however, so if you have nasal polyps or a deviated septum, the strap may not work as advertised. Thankfully those ENT surgical procedures I mentioned above are far less invasive than you may imagine. To learn more, please contact my sinus surgery offices here.