Snoring can be one of the most frustrating and exhausting occurrences for both yourself and anyone within a close distance. Snoring, at its root, is the sound wave created by the flow of air through narrowed passages in your mouth and throat that vibrate against the tissue. These passages can become closed for several reasons; regular relaxation of the body during sleep, excess tissue at the back of the throat, abnormal sleeping positions, clogging of the nose, and sleep apnea, to name a few. Most of these conditions are not life threatening but can be very aggravating when trying to rest.
Sleep Apnea is a condition where, due to the extreme relaxation of the throat muscles during sleep, the affected person will stop breathing for short bouts of time, between a few seconds and a few minutes. The three types of sleep apnea are Obstructive, where the throat muscles relax, Central, where the brain does not send correct signals of relaxation to the throat, and Complex, a mixture of obstructive and central. If you suspect you are suffering from sleep apnea contact your physician immediately; treatment is available. Left untreated sleep apnea can cause critical complications such as fatigue, heart problems, diabetes and more.
If you are looking for a solution to your snoring problems, there are many mouth and head guards on the market today. Finding the right one for you can often be confusing and difficult to pinpoint. You want to start by choosing the best type of device to fit your lifestyle. There is the Mandibular Advancement Device, which works by pulling your lower and/or upper jaw forward to avoid obstruction of the airway. The second type is the Tongue Stabilizing Device, which is a small mouthpiece that keeps your tongue from falling backward and obstructing your airway. Here are the top three anti-snoring devices for both categories on the market.
Mandibular Advancement Device
The Vitalsleep- This device is reasonably priced between $45-$55 dollars and is resizeable up to 7 mm. Provided adjusting tools and specific user guides make this product extremely user-friendly.
The Zyppah– This device is slightly more expensive priced around $89.00 but is made with a dual technology and sleek look. The Zyppah provides, both, tongue support and jaw alignment to attack snoring from all angles.
The Zquiet- This device is priced at a reasonable $79.99 and gives you jaw support while also preventing your tongue from sliding backward. The Zquiet is bendable and also allows for the wearer to take sips of water without removing it.
Tongue Stabilizing Devices
The Good Morning Snore Solution (GMSS)- The GMSS is priced at either $100.00 for one or $130.00 for two pieces. This device fits comfortably in the mouth and holds the tongue from sliding backwards. It is user-friendly and constructed for maximum comfort.
AveoTSD- This device is priced slightly higher at $140.00 but is listed as a recommended TSD by the American Sleep Association. The AveoTSD is made from a soft silicone which creates a suction, holding the tongue in place. This device was also designed through years of clinical trials and studies.
MPowRX- The MPowRX is the original version of The Good Morning Snore Solution, created by the same doctor, but runs around $150.00. It is the only other Tongue Stabilizing Device available without a prescription. This device could possibly be used as an alternative to CPAP depending on the severity of your condition; always consult a physician.