Everyone at some point has spent a night snoring, whether they realize it or not. It is such a common thing that many of us dismiss it as something that is not that important. That it is just a minor inconvenience to try and sleep through. However, snoring can lead to a poor night’s sleep for the snorer and anyone sleeping within earshot of the snorer. It can be a sign of a bigger condition and may cause issues for the snorer as well. So, there are a lot of good reasons why you should use an anti-snoring mouthpiece. Let’s get into a few of them.
Why do I snore? Why is it such a big deal?
The cause of snoring is basically always the same; your airway is being blocked. It could be any number of things blocking the airway, but there are two very common sources of blocking. They are the jaw and the tongue. When you sleep your whole body relaxes, every part of it. This includes the muscles in your neck and mouth. If your lower jaw relaxes too much it can fall back causing the muscles around it to block the airway. If your tongue relaxes too much it can fall to the back of your mouth, blocking the airway. There are other things that can cause the airway to be narrowed, creating snoring. These causes include congestion, drinking alcohol before bed, and excess weight. When there is tissues blocking the airway, that tissue gets vibrated by the air squeezing past, creating that rattling sound we all think of as snoring.
There are several reasons why snoring can be a problem. One is based on other people. As we all know, snoring can be loud and disruptive. This means that those who sleep in the same bed or room, or even just share a wall with you, could have a hard time sleeping when you snore. This could lead to strained relationships with loved ones. However, none of this is helped by the effects that snoring may have on the snorer.
Because snoring is caused by a blocked airway, those who snore are not likely to be getting the right amount of oxygen during the night. Of course, they are getting enough to stay alive, but it can still cause issues. Snoring has often been connected with having a poor night’s sleep, having terrible headaches in the mornings, and being irritable the next day. However, snoring may also be a sign of a more serious condition.
Snoring is a very common side effect of a condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This is when your airway is blocked enough that your breath actually pauses from time to time while sleeping. Pauses are generally followed by gasping or choking. This is a fairly serious condition and can increase your risk of a number of different conditions including high blood pressure, stroke, irregular heartbeat, and heart attack. Snoring mouthpieces may help with the snoring connected to OSA, but it cannot fix many of the causes of the condition (like obesity, for example). So, if you think that you may have OSA, you should see your doctor to discuss proper treatments.
However, for those who are just dealing with regular snoring, mouthpieces could be a major help.
What kinds of snoring mouthpieces are there?
Believe it or not, there are actually a few different classes of mouthpieces for snoring out there. These means that when shopping for a mouthpiece, you have quite a few options. Let’s talk about the overall categories, to help you narrow it down, and find the right mouthpiece for you.
Tongue Stabilizing Devices (TSDs)
TSD mouthpieces are aimed at fixing snoring caused by the tongue. They act as a sort of strap that keeps your tongue from falling back and blocking the airway. This makes a wide gap between the back of the throat and tongue, allowing for air to pass through more easily. This is often a choice for those who have issues with their teeth (like TMJ), as they do not have anything to do with the teeth, unlike other snoring mouthpieces.
Mandibular Advancement Devices (MADs)
MADs focus on the lower jaw, instead of the tongue. They take the lower jaw and gently push it forward. This way, the jaw does not fall back, causing the tissue to block the airway. Instead, it leaves a wide-open space for air to flow through easily. While this is not the best option for those who have dental issues, it may be better for others who find that TSDs cause them to have too much saliva in their mouths.
These are not the best option when it comes to snoring mouth pieces. Chin straps are exactly what they sound like. They are straps that go around your chin to keep it from falling back. However, they also effectively keep the mouth closed during the night. If you are already struggling to get the proper amount of air while sleeping, having your mouth sealed shut is not the most helpful solution. There are also very few studies looking at this kind of mouthpiece, whereas the others have all been studied fairly closely.
ZyppahThere is another kind of mouthpiece out there that combines the best things about MADs and TSDs. It is Zyppah. This is a snoring mouthpiece that aligns your jaw properly to keep your throat open and has the patented Tongue Elastic that keeps your tongue in its proper place. Zyppah has even been studied and was shown to be effective for 91% of the participants. Some do experience some mild discomfort when first using Zyppah. That is to be expected whenever you are dealing with a new mouthpiece. It just takes a little while to get used to it.
Zyppah and other snoring mouthpieces could offer some peace for those who snore and their loved ones. By addressing the two main causes of snoring, Zyppah helps provide more restful nights without any disruptive snoring. So, why not try one today?