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Most snorers exceed 38 decibels of sound, equivalent to the noise of
light highway traffic
by HealthEast and Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic,
Holidays to Our Readers!
December 16, 2001
consumer publication debunks popular snoring cures
The December edition of
Health Which?, a British consumer
magazine akin to Consumer Reports in the U.S. (but not nearly as
good!), has taken a look at clinical data supporting the claims of 8
over-the-counter snoring remedies. Not too surprisingly, they find
the validity of almost all claims severely lacking.
The editors reviewed the clinical research proving the anti-snoring
properties of Breathe Right nasal strips, Good Night Stop Snore mouthwash,
Nozovent nasal insertion devices, Snoreeze nasal spray, Snore No More nose
drops, SnoreStop chewable tablets, Somni Snore Guard and Y Snore nose
drops (all products are listed on
-- use our
facility to find them)..
In all cases, the Which? panel was able to find flaws in the research. The
samples are small; only one or two of the studies used "double blind"
methodology. And so on. To our way of thinking, this would
rate a "who cares?" if the various products actually work. And for
some people they do. For many people they do not. As Which?
itself ultimately concludes, "snoring can be due to a variety of reasons,
each of which might need a different approach." Very few products
tell you this, because they do not want to narrow their potential market.
attempts to divide snorers into four types and suggests remedies
appropriate to each type. We don't claim perfection yet, but believe
that we can at least steer you away from solutions that are likely to be
of no value to you. If you have nasal congestion, for example, and
your snoring emanates from your nose, then nasal strips should help.
If you breathe freely through your nose at night and still snore loudly,
then perhaps a throat spray or mouthpiece will work.
The Which? report makes no attempt to guide
readers along these lines, which, in our view, does a disservice to both
the snoring sufferers and the manufacturers. Instead, the article
ends with a totally value-less side-bar relating the experiences of 8
couples, each using one of the remedies. You're left with the
impression that none of the products were particularly effective, which is
what you'd expect by randomly assigning the products without attempting to
match them to each type of snorer.
is not written by a medical professional. I'd welcome comments and
supplementary research from any physician or sleep specialist reading
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Snoring Profile: Nose It's A Problem
Poor Marsha. It's pollen season again and she can barely function at work.
Her eyes stream, her nose is red from continual contact with tissues, and she's
dead tired because her husband prodded her all night to stop her snoring.
She's long known that she
snores when her nose is stuffed up, of course, but she never really considered
it more than a minor embarrassment. She'd gotten used to being teased by
her roommates on those few occasions when she'd go on a church retreat.
But now that she's married, she's become aware that her husband is long past the
stage of teasing her and has, to her dismay, taken to sleeping on the couch when
her allergies are really playing up.
that's why you'll find her at her desk today, box of tissues close at hand,
searching the Internet. She's become a snorer who Nose it's a Problem.
Check out our suggested
remedies for Marsha and those like her.
Send us your own snoring/sleep story, we'll use it in this slot.
This section features some
interesting posting to our forum. This issues relates reader Howard
Massey's recent experience with
snoreplasty -- add your own thoughts to this
I had it done two days ago. It's done under a local anaesthetic, so I
didn't feel anything at the time, but 2 hours later when the local wore
off, it really hurt a lot, and everything in my throat -- especially my
uvula -- swelled up horrendously. I've been taking Advil every four hours,
and now (2 days later), the pain is pretty much gone, but the swelling is
still there (though a little better). It's still tough to talk and
swallow, but the Dr. said things should improve in the next day or so. The
Dr. also said my snoring would get much worse for the first week (it
already has) but would then start improving, and reach maximum effect in 4
- 6 weeks time. If there is some improvement but not a complete cure,
he'll do another injection 8 weeks from now; if it doesn't work, then --
at least according to him -- there should be no lasting negative effect.
The Dr. also told me that in patients with no sleep apnea, this has a
close to 90% success rate, but that the success rate goes down if you do
have OSA. My sleep study showed that I was borderline mild/moderate (RDI
of 21), so he gave me a 40% chance of success. Still, I figured it was
better than CPAP or surgery, so I've rolled the dice.
Oh, yes, the procedure cost me $ 950, which includes all follow-up
visits and the second injection (if needed). And insurance doesn't cover
it, either. (what else is new?)
Add your comments!
If you can't stop snoring, at least buy your long-suffering partner a book to
read while you keep him/her awake...
this cool Heart and Sound Soother
Sharper Image to block out your noise?
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