Nasal devices are all made with one thing in mind. They are aimed at creating greater air flow through the nose and they all assume that the cause of night-time snoring is in the nose and the nasal airways.
The cartilage of the nostrils
The sides of the nose are made up of flexible cartilage. Cartilage is rigid enough to hold the nostrils open but not nearly as hard as bone. In some people the nostril cartilage is way more flexible than it is in others and may collapse slightly during deep breathing.
The extra flexibility often happens due to the natural aging process or sometimes it’s just the way a person is made. When nostril cartilage is softer and collapses either partially or all the way during deep breathing, the air flow in and out of the nostrils diminishes and the resulting stress on nasal airways can cause snoring.
Is your nose the only source of your snoring?
Before you even try a nasal device to stop your snoring, you should first determine if this is the cause of the night-time noise. You can read about how to do a few simple tests that will help you understand why you snore.
These tests only take a few minutes and you can read about them here: Determine why you Snore; Easy Tests you can do alone.
Do nasal devices stop snoring?
Nasal devices work by holding the nostrils open and preventing collapse into the air passage way. Let’s look at two of the most often found products on the market.
These are narrow adhesive strips that have a lot of spring in them. You peel a protective strip off the back of the strip and simply stick it onto your nose by centering it on the bridge of the nose and pressing it down onto the nostrils on either side.
The springiness of the strip holds the nostrils open so they don’t collapse when you breathe deeply as you do when you are sleeping. They are available online and in most big chain pharmacies.
Often touted as a miraculous cure for snoring the truth of the matter is way less optimistic. As stated earlier, nasal devices will work for nose snorers only so, if this is not the source of your problem then this won’t work for you at all. The strips can also come off of the skin on your nose if it is at all oily.
Those that react to adhesives will want to avoid these strips as well. Despite these drawbacks the strips do work to relieve snoring in a few people with the added bonus of being easy on the pocketbook. They work for some but not most.
Nasal cones also work by holding the nostrils open, only this time from the inside of the nostril. Made from a soft plastic this cone shaped device slips into the nostril and is positioned just inside the nostril opening.
The plastic cone is soft but still has enough spring in it to hold the nostril open. If you try to imagine what something like this feels like inside your nose the limitations of this design become immediately obvious. Nasal cones are not expensive so experimenting with them won’t set you back much financially.
When thinking about nasal devices as a snoring solution it’s important to think about why you would choose this solution. If you are snoring from nose congestion perhaps your stuffy nose has more to do with undiagnosed allergies than anything else. As well you won’t have to use your imagination much to think about how the use of a nasal cone would be affected by a drippy nose!
More than one reason for snoring
If you’ve done the easy at-home snoring tests you may have found that there is more than one issue causing your snoring problem. This is not uncommon. If this is the case a nose device might help by enabling an increase of airflow while you breathe when asleep but, at the very best, these devices will only help to cut down the volume of your snoring.
They will not be able to stop the snoring problem on their own. You would be better served by selecting a tongue retaining appliance. These devices are often used to successfully treat snoring that comes from multiple sources.