Is a Chin Strap the right Stop Snoring solution for you?

A recent study that polled over 2,000 people found that most people sleep for about 6-7 hours, but this is still far below the recommended quota of eight hours per night. As a result, one in six people polled admitted to feeling tired for more than three hours a day making them less productive at work – and much of this was due to disturbed sleep due to snoring, for which there are recommended medical solutions, including the Chin Strap.

A snoring chin support strap works on a very simple proposition. The fabric device fits comfortably around the wearer’s face and head to cup the chin with straps running up to the top of the head. Doing so keeps the lower jaw positioned comfortably forward where it won’t constrict the airway.

The result is that the chin support strap should provide not only an end to snoring, but also it should increase the deep undisturbed rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep that the body needs most.

It’s a very simply constructed item that is simple to use, easy to keep clean with washing by hand or by machine, and because it’s very compact, it makes it possible to store it away and also to take it on your business or holiday travels. The price of a chin support strap makes it possible and sensible to own more than one, something that most people do.

Whether a chin strap for snoring the sleeper’s condition depends almost entirely on what causes the problem. Some devices have been proven effective in helping both nasal and mouth-snorers sleep more soundly by maintaining open airways that provide the body with ample oxygen. As is obvious by its design, a snoring chin strap is specifically built to aid mouth-snorers. If your lower jaw isn’t the culprit, a chin strap won’t be much help.

While you sleep, a stop snoring chin strap manages to control what you can’t. Among back-sleepers in particular, the lower jaw relaxes back and causes the relaxed soft palate tissue to allow the tongue to fall back into the throat. By keeping your mouth closed and the jaw in a natural forward position, the tongue stays put even as muscles relax.

Anti-snoring chin straps are incredibly easy to use and can be simple, effective remedies to night after night of disturbed sleep. However, there ais one particular instance in which a chin strap should not be used. Make sure that your snoring does not have the additional dangerous symptoms that come with obstructive sleep apnoea.

  • Chin straps for snoring can also be dangerous to snorers with severe nasal congestion by limiting oxygen intake through the mouth.
  • Many users complain of an especially tight fit resulting in headaches – so make sure that the one you buy is adjustable.
  • Devices sometimes don’t stay in place all night long, despite them stretching across the face and head. Restless sleepers may see disappointing results if it can’t be kept in position all night long.

If you snore heavily you need to consider the possibility that your snoring may be a symptom of sleep apnea. This condition causes repeated nightly breathing interruptions due to the lower jaw and/or tongue repeatedly blocking the airway causing breathing to briefly cease. This condition, unless treated properly, can lead to serious health conditions including stroke. heart attack, and diabetes amongst many other things. It’s not difficult to understand that if you cut off the oxygen supply to the brain then health problems of this type are sure to develop.

Bespoke mouthpieces such as SleepPro Custom are available for mild to moderate sufferers, and these control and prevent the problem, but chronic sufferers will need to use some specialist overnight breathing equipment called CPAP where they will use a facemask to force the airflow and to keep it open.

If you do decide to use a chin strap as your stop snoring option, and find that it works for you, make sure that you always choose a product with a broader sling-like support for the chin, as the wider straps tend to hold it reliably in position even in the midst of tossing and turning.  You should also ensure that it adjusts easily – not only for efficiency but also for your comfort.

After that it’s simple. Sleep Well.

John Redfern