How Snoring Chin Straps Work

by admin on January 9, 2010

Snoring chin straps were designed to keep the mouth shut so as to help people snore less or perhaps stop snoring completely. Snoring normally occurs when one breathes through the mouth while sleeping. When one sleeps with an open mouth, the tissues in the throat dry up and start to vibrate thus cause the sound we know as snoring. In view of this it is recommended to breath through the nose while in bed. Unfortunately some people find it difficult to breathe through their noses, either because they got accustomed to breath through their mouths or because they have some physical condition like a stuffed nose.

The snoring chin strap comes to the rescue as it “forces” the snorer to keep his/her mouth closed during sleep. The strap is worn from the back of the head all way round the chin. Snoring with a chin strap and a stuffy nose is difficult. So in case of a stuffed nose, it is recommended to use the strap in conjunction of a nasal strip. A nasal strip would help keep the nostrils open so in that way it would be possible to use the chin strap. An alternative to the nasal strip is the nasal spray since it too can help keep the nostrils clear.

It is worth noting that snoring chin straps are not costly devices, unlike CPAP devices which can be very expensive. Some people say that the straps are not very comfortable, but it is usually a question of getting used to them after a few days of continuous usage. Others say that the chin straps look ugly and funny. While it is true that a person can look a bit ridiculous while wearing a chin strap, it is also true that these devices are made to be worn during sleep. So as far as they are capable of doing their job, who cares if they look ugly or funny!

It is worth noting that the chin strap does not actually cure the snoring condition. It is only effective whilst worn on the face but it loses its effect as soon as one takes it off the face. However as one uses a chin strap for several weeks or perhaps months, the habit of sleeping with a closed mouth might become a natural one (i.e. the bad habit of sleeping with an open mouth is eliminated). In that case one would no longer need to use a snoring chin strap during sleep.

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