Remedies for Snoring; don’t be fooled.
According to studies, one in three people of all ages snore and more than ½ of all people over age 60
snores. But alas, there is no one definitive solution to the aggravating problem. Because snoring is such a
pervasive and aggravating problem with no definitive solution there exist literally hundreds of over-the-counter
remedies that make up a billion dollar business. Few if any of those remedies have been scrutinized by objective, scientific study; they may all be rip offs as the following abstract from the Journal, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery indicates. It summarizes a scientific study of 3 of the most popular snoring remedies – oral lubricating spray, nasal strips that stick to the outside of the nose, and a head positioning pillow. Clearly, more of these studies are needed!
Michaelson PG, Mair EA.
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, San Antonio, TX
OBJECTIVE: The study goal was to critically evaluate 3 popular noninvasive treatments for snoring: an oral spray lubricant applied before bedtime, a nasal strip designed to maintain nasal valve patency, and a head-positioning pillow. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, randomized blinded clinical trial of 3 popular noninvasive snore aids using objective acoustic snoring analysis and subjective patient and bed-partner questionnaires in 40 snoring patients. A digital recorder allowed snoring analysis with data collected in the home environment over 1 week.
RESULTS: There is neither objective nor subjective benefit to the use of tested popular noninvasive snore aids. Palatal snoring, palatal loudness, average loudness of snoring, averaged palatal flutter frequency, and respiratory disturbance index did not significantly change when comparing the 3 snoring aids with no treatment. Subjective comments and complications are reviewed as well. CONCLUSION: This is the first prospective comparison trial of popular noninvasive snoring aids. There is no significant objective or subjective snoring improvement in the anti-snoring aids studied compared with the use of no aid.
SIGNIFICANCE: Outcome studies aid in verifying or refuting claims made by popular noninvasive snore aids.