Nasal Strips and Devices for Snoring and Sleep Apnea.

Nasal strips and nasal devices for snoring are inexpensive and easy to use so they’re perhaps a good place to start when you or your bed partner is looking for a cure for snoring.  They’re also available without prescription and are fairly un-intrusive.

Here, we’re going to look at some of these devices – nasal strips, nasal cones, devices and a nasal spray – to see what they’re manufacturers claim.

BreatheRight Strips

 

Breathe Right Nasal Strips are made from a springy, adhesive elastic material.  When stuck onto the skin on the outside of the nostrils, the material lifts them open.

This product is reviewed on the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea website, and of the 30 reviewers, 23 give it a maximum score of 5/5 stars.

 

 

Snoreeze Nasal Strips are ‘ideal for snoring caused by a cold, allergies or a blocked nose’, the manufacturers say.

The principle is the same as the Breathe Right strips, where the nasal passages are opened to improve airflow and they are hypoallergenic, latex free and easy to remove.

Brahms Sleep Aid

The Brahms Sleep Aid is a device that opens the airways from the inside.  It is places in the nasal passages and sits there to prop them open.  A U-shaped section clips gently on the septum (the centre section of the nose).

Its makers say that it:

  • Doesn’t put pressure on the skin in the nose so it much more comfortable than its competitors
  • Has a metal spring core that enables it to fit any nose and by adjusting the pads it will stay in place all night
  • Is hypoallergenic and latex free
  • Is FDA approved
  • Is easily washed and long lasting (about 18 months)
  • Has a 30 day money back guarantee and costs less than $20US.

The Breathe EZ device is a little different.  It claims to work by stimulating the nerves that open the nasal passages.

  • The device is a small, soft urethane (plastic) clip that fits on the septum (nose centre section) and gently applies pressure to stimulate these nerves.
  • The urethane material meets FDA standards.

Nose Brace

The Nose Brace’s makers claim that it’s a ‘state of the art, precision device that is custom made to closely match your nostril anatomy’.  There’s a picture of it here and it’s said to be especially useful if you have a deviated septum, narrow nostril or collapsed cartilage.

  • Unlike the other nasal passageway devices, the Nose Brace doesn’t protrude from the nose so it can be comfortably worn in public.
  • It has a money back guarantee
  • It has been used clinically since 1980 and available commercially since 1989
  • It’s developed, patented and made in the USA
  • And is reimbursed by US insurance companies including Medicare (according to the Nose Brace website).

Sinus Nose Cones

Sinus Nose Cones are also dilators that fit into the nasal passages.  They are very soft and flexible and ‘first course in care of all types of night time breathing problems’ the makers say.

There’s a picture of them here.

 

Rhynil Spray takes a different approach and uses herbs (Eyebright/ Euphrasia Officinalis) which have an astringent property to lessen the fluttering of the soft palate which causes the snoring noise.

  • It is sprayed on the nose and the roof of the mouth, especially the soft palate at the back
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties so it useful if your snoring is caused by a cold, allergies or infection that enlarge the tissues in the nose.
  • Each 35ml bottle contains about 1 month’s worth of treatment.
  • The British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea website reviewers rate this highly as a cure for snoring – of 158 reviewers, 52 gave it 5/5 stars and 69 gave it 4/5.

Do nasal strips and devices work for snoring?

The success of nasal devices for snoring will depend on the cause of your snoring and you can read more about that here.  For those with a nasal problem they can be very successful in helping the snorer and his/her bed partner get a good night’s sleep.

Alternatives for both snoring and sleep apnea are anti snoring pillows and sleep apnea mouthpieces.  These links contain articles with reviews and descriptions of some of the examples currently available.

Elspeth Raisbeck

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