Anti-snoring products

Is there any evidence to support claims for over-the-counter anti-snoring products?
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  • Updated:27 Apr 2006


Anti snoring products

In brief

  • Although snoring is usually more of a problem for the bed partner than the snorer, heavy snoring may be a sign of sleep apnoea, a more serious condition.
  • Evidence to support most of the claims of effectiveness made by manufacturers of snoring products is pretty thin on the ground.
  • There’s no single cause for snoring, and it can be due to a combination of causes. So there’s no ‘one-cure-fits-all’ available, although lifestyle changes seem to be the most successful and safest treatment.

Please note: this information was current as of April 2006 but is still a useful guide today.

According to the Guiness Book of Records, the loudest snores recorded reached 93 decibels — about the volume of a business engine.

This isn’t funny if you’re regularly losing sleep because of your partner’s snoring, or if you’re repeatedly woken by a dig in the ribs for your snoring.

Snoring can create social, relationship and health problems — for the partner as well as the snorer.

Studies of women whose partners snore find they have more health problems than those whose partners don’t, with some even ending up with hearing loss.

Good night — and good luck

There’s no shortage of anti-snoring products on the market. We found:

  • Pillows
  • Nasal strips and dilators
  • Essential oils inhalations and throat sprays
  • Homeopathic throat sprays and tablets.


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