Newest Review: ... about snoring that I have gleaned from reading on the internet, and why I ended up with SnoreMender. Snoring (as opposed to snuffling) hap... more
SnoreMender - my story
Member Name: jez6363
Advantages: It works, unlike most other anti-snoring stuff. It lets me breathe normally. It is very convenient.
Disadvantages: First few weeks can give some jaw ache
It amazes me how many people still put up with a snoring partner when there is such a good solution as a SnoreMender. I know that in my case, my wife was really reluctant to make an issue of my snoring and it was only because I felt so guilty about waking up to find my wife had deserted me for the sofa that I did some internet searching to find a solution.
I soon found the SnoreMender anti-snoring device, after a failed attempt with a nose spray. You put the SnoreMender in your mouth at night, a bit like a sports gum shield, though it is a lot more compact so it doesn't feel big in your mouth. I've been using a SnoreMender for over 4 years now and it very effectively stops me snoring and it also works for other people I have recommended it to. I never notice my own snoring but my wife's sleep is very dependent on me wearing it - whenever we are going away it is the first thing she checks to make sure I have packed it.
One thing to say here - once I told my wife what I had bought she said that there was no way she would have ever suggested I use something like that. But if you are reading this as someone who has to sleep near a snorer, you really need to speak up. I know how much difference it has made to my wife. Night after night of bad sleep is exhausting and that means in the end both people lose out, so don't be afraid to do something about it, it's a win-win situation.
Let me give you a bit of background about snoring that I have gleaned from reading on the internet, and why I ended up with SnoreMender.
Snoring (as opposed to snuffling) happens when air is forced past the soft tissue at the back of your throat and makes that tissue vibrate. I only know of three real ways to stop this - surgery to remove tissue from the back of the throat, a CPAP machine (face mask that pumps air into you at night) and a 'mandibular advancement device'.
Other ways such as sprays, rings, nose strips and so on do not work for me or, I am sure, for the vast majority of people. Surgery is expensive and not guaranteed to work, a CPAP machine is a big encumbrance on life, but a SnoreMender is cheap, convenient and works a treat.
SnoreMender's technical description is a 'mandibular advancement device', which is a fancy way of saying it holds your lower jaw forwards. This means that it increases the space at the back of your throat, which is what stops you snoring.
It is a standard fit device but it can be moulded if you have out-of-line teeth for example. With my first one I did mould it but when I replaced it (after over 18 months of nightly use) I didn't bother moulding the new one and it soon bedded in.
When I first started using it, it did make my jaw ache a bit, and also my teeth. That happened for the first few weeks but it gradually went away and after using a SnoreMender for more than 4 years now, I never get any jaw or teeth ache.
If you need to do something about your snoring then a SnoreMender is the first thing you should try. If it works, you have a cheap simple solution. If it doesn't then you will probably have to look to CPAP or surgery.
Summary: Snoring - Don't despair, it can be solved - 4 years of experience using SnoreMender proves it!