Do you snore?
If so, you’ve probably tried all sorts of snoring
Some of them, even the ones that worked for your
brother or best friend, probably didn’t work for you.
Then there were the snoring remedies that worked, but
had drawbacks. There was one that was so uncomfortable you couldn’t use it for
long. And that other one was so complicated that you couldn’t be bothered to
use it half the time.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could find a snoring
remedy that was effective, comfortable, and easy to use?
Well, that remedy might not be as hard to come by as
you think. In fact, all you might have to do is walk into a local drug or
department store, go to the pharmacy aisle, and look for a box labeled “nasal
How Snore Strips Can Alleviate Snoring
Nasal strips, which are sometimes called “snore
strips,” are designed to open up your nasal passages. And that’s a good thing
for some snorers.
Many people snore because their nasal passages are
blocked or obstructed. This obstruction can be the result of congestion caused
by a cold, allergies, or even hormones. (For example, congestion is common
among women who are pregnant.)
Other things that can cause nasal obstruction or
blockage include a deviated septum, and your anatomy. If your nostrils are
naturally small, or you naturally have a more narrow nasal passage, then you’re
more likely to snore.
Nasal strips can help relieve congestion, opening up
your airway. And people with small nostrils, narrow air passages, or a deviated
septum often find they can breathe easier when wearing a nasal strip.
Nasal Strip Basics
Nasal strips have grown in popularity over the years.
BreathRite Nasal Strips are probably the most widely-known and readily
available brand on the market.
So what are nasal strips exactly?
They are external nasal dilators. And they look like
small, adhesive bandages.
A nasal strips consists of a piece of stiff, springy
material that has an adhesive on the bottom. The adhesive is how you attach the
strip to the bridge of your nose.
When a nasal strip is bent across the outer surface of
your nose, it will naturally try to straighten out again. In the process, it
will gently pull open your nostrils and nasal passages. This will help you to
breathe more easily. And that can help keep you from snoring, or make your
snoring less severe.
The Effectiveness of Snore Strips
According to an article published by Berkeley Wellness
nasal strips can help some snorers find relief. In fact, the American Academy
of Sleep Medicine says that “these products may reduce snoring related to nasal
Several studies have found that wearing nasal
strips can help to alleviate snoring, especially when it’s caused by a nasal
blockage or obstruction. If the snoring is caused by something else, nasal
strips might not be as effective, but can still help in some cases.
Many people who snore also suffer from
obstructive sleep apnea, or (OSA). While studies have found nasal strips to be
less effective at alleviating the snoring of those with OSA, some sleep apnea
suffers find nasal strips beneficial.
However, OSA is a serious and potentially
dangerous medical condition. Even if nasal strips help make your snoring less
frequent and severe, you should still seek proper medical treatment for sleep
Snore Strips Compared to Other Snoring Remedies
As snoring remedies go, nasal strips have a lot going
for them. They’re easy to use, comfortable, and relatively inexpensive. They
are also fast, and can help you find instant relief from congestion and nasal
External nasal dilators are non-medicated, so anyone
(like pregnant women) can use them. And you don’t have to worry about side
effects the way you do with some other congestion remedies.
Many people suffering from congestion use
over-the-counter decongestants to find relief. But these medications can have a
rebound effect. If you use such a decongestant for too long, you can end up
more congested than you were before. And many of these medications become less
effective the more you use them.
Nasal strips, on the other hand, don’t lose their
effectiveness over time.
Nasal strips do have their downsides, though.
- Unlike some snoring remedies, they aren’t reusable.
- If you have sensitive skin, you might find the adhesive on some nasal strips irritating. Luckily, there are snore strips made especially for people with sensitive skin.
- If you’re a restless sleeper, a nasal strip might come off as you toss and turn. However, there are nasal strips made with extra strong adhesive.
- When you remove a nasal strip, it might leave behind a skin blemish, like reddened skin over the bridge of your nose.
But, really, these are small prices to pay for relief
Internal Nasal Dilators
Nasal strips are external nasal dilator. You apply
them to the outer surface of your nose, and they work by pulling your nostrils
and nasal passages open.
Internal nasal dilators work from the inside. There
are many different kinds, from vents, to cones, to clips. But they basically work in the same way.
You insert internal nasal dilators into your nostrils, and they push the
nasal passages open from the inside.
Studies have found some internal nasal dilators are
even better at alleviating snoring than external nasal dilators. Another plus
is that internal dilators are reusable. Some will last for several months
before you need to replace them.
Like external nasal dilators, internal nasal dilators
are non-medicated and easy to use. However, internal dilators need to be
cleaned regularly. And they can be uncomfortable to wear, especially if the
ones you’re using aren’t the right size for your nostrils. And some people
can’t get used to sleeping with something in their nose.
Still, if an external nasal dilator doesn’t work for
you, trying an internal nasal dilator might be your next step.
If you’re snoring is caused by congestion, or some
other kind of nasal blockage or obstruction, snore strips can help decrease the
frequency and severity of your snoring.
Even if you aren’t sure what’s causing you to snore, you have little to
lose by giving nasal strips a try.
from The Snore Whisperer https://www.thesnorewhisperer.com/snore-strips-effectiveness/