Do those nasal strips and over-the-counter sprays that claim to stop snor­ing re­ally work?

Health & Nutrition - - HEALTH FLASH -

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.

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