Do those nasal strips and over-the-counter sprays that claim to stop snoring really work?
There’s no shortage of products that claim to stop snoring. Some work, some don’t. It all depends on why a person snores. The sound is created when something blocks air from freely flowing. Inflamed sinuses, deviated septum, being overweight, and sleep apnea are just a few of the reasons why blockages, and hence snoring, occurs. Treating the cause of the blockage can reduce or eliminate snoring. As for nasal strips, studies have shown that they can work because they open nasal passages. The strips are lined with an adhesive that lifts the skin around the nasal passage, allowing air to pass through more easily. So, if the problem is due to colds, allergies, or deviated septum, the nasal strips can provide some relief from snoring. Snoring sprays claim to work by lubricating the throat to reduce throat vibration or by reducing mucous. If snoring is accompanied by excessive daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, or changes in attention, concentration or memory, see a physician, as these can be symptoms of sleep apnea.