How to help a snorer ~ the easy way, Part Two
Now that sleeping position has been identified in the quest to assist the snorer, what can be done about the noise from snoring when it re-emerges? Is a trip to the doctor inevitable? Not yet ~ there is another way.
Before unveiling the next option, let’s talk about snoring for a moment. Here’s what we know: snoring is the falling of the tongue against the back of the throat and the consequential vibrations from the effort to breathe (see the red illustration to the upper left of this post).
If we knew where in the throat the vibrations were the greatest, with some medical assistance, those tissues affected might be removed or held in place.
Since we’re not exploring surgical options, we’ll adhere to the side-lying position during sleep option (as detailed in our last post). In the side-lying position, lazy muscle tissues and the tongue can sway aside and no longer vibrate during sleep. Except for one thing. Since one’s sleeping position changes throughout the night (regardless of comfort level), we can anticipate the return of snoring.
So what should be done now?
(if you’d like to get snoring started quickly, go here.)
What to Add To The Mix
Let’s add an ingenious device that has been around for some time. It is called the chinstrap, a fabric strip with adjustable velcro ends which can be applied to the top of the head for a custom fit. There is a cupped portion of fabric to support the chin. When applied properly, it will hold the mouth closed.
How the chinstrap might help the snorer
This chin stabilizing effort may temporarily control whether lazy muscle tissues are held in place: as shown in the lower portion of the illustration below.
If lazy muscle tissues and the tongue still vibrate, the chinstrap will merely contain the “noise” of snoring to within the mouth.
The benefit of the chinstrap will be different from person to person due to varying degrees of snoring severity.
With this in mind, this accessory could influence the control of the tongue and opening of the airway. Some will claim it won’t be enough and snoring could persist.
There is only one way to tell if this option will work for you or someone you know: grab some side lying comfort options with a chinstrap and experiment.
You may ask what other chinstrap variations may do to help. Remember, all chinstraps perform the same because all functionally will have the same benefit.
There is another way the chinstraps assist in snoring control and comfort, which is used alongside a PAP device. This option will be explored in upcoming posts.
Could there be yet another option?
Still have lingering questions about what else will take care of snoring? Believe it or not, there are still more non-medicinal options, which will be discussed in the next post – How to help a snorer ~ the easy way, Part Three.
Re-Edited by Bill Bistak B Sc.,SEO/SEM Spc, CRT
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