Improve nasal breathing
The evolution of snoring can be caused by different reasons which might be found in the anatomy of the upper respiratory tracts of nose, mouth and pharynx. This leads to different ways of therapy to battle snoring.
A working nasal breathing is very important for a snoring-free sleep. Is the nose constricted or congested e.g. due to a swollen mucosal from the typical cold or an anatomic anomaly (polyps, asymmetrical nasal septum), the resistance inside the respiratory tracts is increasing. The breathing airflow will be affected and the surrounding tissue will be set in vibrations which in principle works how a whistling pump air valve.
Furthermore, an impaired nasal breathing may lead to an unconscious changeover to mouth breathing which favours mouth snoring. In addition to that, mouth breathing during night rises the susceptibility to infections due to a circumvention of the filter function of the nasal mucosal. One should pay attention to have a free nose at any time to guarantee nasal breathing. For that reason there are different auxiliaries, which help to detournesce the nasal mucosa.
Nose spray – Xylometazolin
Xylometazolin is a substance which is often used in nose sprays. It may help short-term to relieve a congested nose. The substance brings small blood vessels to tighten, what then leads to a detournescence of the mucosal. But these products should not be used longer that one week due to their ability to drain the mucosal and to make the user addicted fastly. Alternatively there are nose sprays with sea salt or essential oils which also are known to effect the detournescence of the mucosal. However there is few proof of scientific evidence for these two alternatives, yet they can be used without worries.
First of all nasal douches are meant to help when you have a cold, to flush out redundant nasal secretion out of the nasal cavity. Secondly, by using saline remedies, the nasal mucosal shall to detournesce. The unit will be put in one nostril where the water will run in and then out through the other nostril. The procedure is also helpful for people who suffer under a pollen allergy and helps to reduce afflictions during hayfever time. A nasal douche which is very good for use is Nosebuddy. You can find further information about nasal douches as well as more detailed reports of studies here.
Nasal strips will be sticked on the back of the nose. They are built to force tug on the nasal wings and then to hold the respiratory tracts open. A few years ago nasal strips went pretty popular due to some professional soccer players who were wearing nasal strips during their matches.
Nose dilators are also meant to widen the nostrils and to help to keep the nose open. There are two types of nose dilators: some of the products show the shape of a hook and will be placed deeply inside the nose. Others however are made out of two circular structures which are pushed forward into the nostrils.
Another approach is nasdil filtro. It works like the second type of nose dilators supplemented with two foam cylinders which will be pushed into the nostrils and then help to keep them open. Furthermore the enwrought foam helps to reduce the burdens of pollen, house dust and animal hair which can be responsible for drain and irritated nasal mucosa.
Normally stents are used in vascular surgery to keep arteries open. They are made of fine metallic sheath which sticks to the vascular wall. AlaxoLito is a stent for the nose which is of course much bigger than a vascular stent. It may be inserted before sleeping and removed in the morning by the users themselves. This procedure is especially helpful for people with enlarged nasal conchas.
If there are special anatomical anomalies concerning the nose, a surgery might be another alternative to reduce snoring. Examples for surgical interventions are polyp removal or correction of the nasal septum. However, a skilled ENT-physician should review this decision wisely because most of the times, an outlook of the successfulness of the surgical effects is possible to make.