Chin Strap for Snoring: Does it Work?

Nov 16th 2020

Snoring is not only annoying, it’s detrimental! And not just detrimental to the people sleeping near the snorer, but to the snorer’s mental and physical health. That’s why so many people turn to anti-snoring products to treat their nighttime ailment. One such product is the infamous chin strap, a unique and somewhat scary looking approach to this common condition. When it comes to wellness, though, unappealing looks can be forgiven and forgotten after just one good night’s rest…that is, if the product works.

Before we dive in and learn all about the chin strap for snoring, let’s get some background information and find out why it’s so important to understand the efficacy of the anti-snoring products available today.

What is snoring?

Snoring is not just your significant other’s worst enemy. It is a legitimate medical condition that afflicts roughly 90 million Americans at least sometimes and a whopping 37 million on a regular basis. While there are a number of possible factors related to snoring, the major cause is quite simple: air blockage.

When the bodies rests, so do its’ muscles. This means all the muscles, from the tip of your toes to the tip of your…well, tongue! During sleep, the roof of the mouth, throat, and tongue all relax, which can cause a blockage of air. As breathing automatically takes place, the air vibrates against the obstructive muscle tissues and produces the unpleasant sound known as snoring. Aside from the sound which can negatively impact both yours and your significant other’s sleep, snoring is linked to high blood pressure, exhaustion, headaches, difficulty concentrating, and pauses in breathing during sleep. The gaps in breathing in conjunction with snoring are indicative of another related sleep condition known as Obtrusive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

OSA is characterized by moments during sleep where breathing nearly stops or stops altogether. This can be detrimental to a person’s health, as the pause reduces the body’s oxygen saturation. This means that the amount of oxygen entering the blood stream and reaching the brain is lowered, triggering a carbon dioxide buildup. Essentially, the brain is cut off from air and momentarily suffocates. People diagnosed with OSA sometimes rely on Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines to assure the air passages stays open during sleep. In doing so, they also put an end to their snoring. It is no surprise then that some treatments for snoring can also treat OSA. But is a chin strap one of them?

What is a chin strap?

A chin strap is just one of many approaches to treating snoring. It supposedly works by holding the chin up and keeping the mouth closed during sleep, effectively trapping sound from being released. Based off what we’ve learned about snoring, a few red flags should be popping up right now.

As we know, snoring is caused by air blockage. While a chin strap might very well keep the mouth closed, this does absolutely nothing to treat the blockage. The air is still very much obstructed, the sound is just having a harder time escaping. As we also know, sound can emit through the nose! Unless a new chin strap is developed to block the nasal passage as well, cutting off not just one but all of your breathing airways, the phlegmy rattling can still find its way out and ring into the night! Hopefully the irony is not lost here, as this should all seem rather obvious (and a bit ridiculous) to anyone who knows anything about snoring.

Evidently, research on the chin strap for snoring technique has found it to be a bit ridiculous as well! A clinical study reported chin straps to be ineffective in treating snoring, OSA, mild OSA and disordered sleep breathing. In other words, they didn’t work. Period.

What actually works?

You might be asking yourself, if not chin straps, then what? If you conduct a quick search on the web, you’ll see a plethora of anti-snoring products all claiming to end snoring and ultimately, improve your quality of sleep and life. More often than not, these are big promises backed by very little evidence. However, some products actually deliver on their promise, and since we cited the research behind chin straps, it’s only fair that the product we endorse is held to the same scientific standard. The bad news here is that most products simply do not have the research to back up their claims. The good news is, our product is one that does!

As mentioned before, CPAP machines are one proven method to treat OSA and snoring—however, they are legitimate medical machines that can be expensive, costing upwards of five hundred at times! They’re also much more complex than other more affordable anti-snoring products. The user wears a mask fed by a tube that is attached to the machine. Air is pumped through tube and mask to keep the airways open and body properly oxygenated. It must be plugged in near your bed, kept at the correct settings, maintained and cleaned as one would with any other high-tech piece of medical equipment. While for some (particularly those with different breathing-related medical conditions) this is the safest and best option. However, for most snorers, a more economic, effective, low-maintenance product is preferred.

Zyypah’s snoring mouthpiece fits the mold here. It’s like a mouthguard designed for safe sleep, complete with a nifty seatbelt type feature for your tongue. It targets the root cause of snoring by preventing the tongue from falling back and blocking the air passage. Much like the CPAP machine, Zyypah’s efficacy is backed by research. A clinical study found it to be 91% effective for participants. No adverse effects we’re noticed and fewer than 1% reported issues with the fit of the appliance. While it is always recommended to speak with a medical professional when determining the best treatment options for you, we can certainly come to at least one conclusion:

Chin strap for snoring, nay. Zyypah for sleeping, yay!