Positional Therapy vs. Anti-Snoring Mouthpieces

Poor quality sleep typically affects everyone at some point due to a variety of factors. It does not discriminate, but it can be worse for some people due to their age, weight, and sleep position. Often poor quality sleep is due to snoring by you or your partner. Snoring occurs when air flows past relaxed tissues in your throat, causing the tissues to vibrate as you breathe and making a loud, harsh, and repetitive noise.

ZQuiet is an industry leader in devices that combat and stop snoring for a better night’s sleep. Though we are most well-known for our anti-snoring mouthpiece, we have a range of snoring solutions, and we recently launched a positional therapy sleep aid. What solution is going to work the best to stop the snoring? Let us explore the options.

Positional Therapy Device

If snoring only happens on your back, you can likely improve it simply by changing your sleep position. Have you ever been nudged or asked to roll over when you snore? Gravitational forces combined with the relaxation of throat muscles causes the airway to narrow, creating turbulent air and the resulting tissue vibration that causes snoring. Positional therapy encourages and trains you to sleep on your side, helping to keep your airways open and reduce snoring. No more rolling around!

One sleep aid that is designed to help with this is a positional therapy device. A positional therapy sleep device is like a belt or backpack with a soft protruding bump worn on your lower back that prevents you from inadvertently rolling over onto your back. For many people, including those with positional obstructive sleep apnea, that is all that is needed to keep the airway clear and prevent the constant nighttime snoring.

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Anti-Snoring Mouthpiece

If you find that you suffer from snoring in any position, then you should consider an anti-snoring mouthpiece. These mouthpieces alleviate snoring by moving the lower jaw forward to maintain an open airway. Unrestricted airflow reduces the tissue vibration sounds and promotes quiet and quality sleep. There are many mouthpieces on the market to choose from, but the ZQuiet anti-snoring mouthpiece stands out among them all for its effectiveness, price, and reputation.

The ZQuiet Anti-Snoring Mouthpiece 2-Size Starter Pack provides two separate mouthpieces that advance the lower jaw. The hinged design gives you a comfortable fit and allows you to breathe naturally. Moving the jaw forward widens the airway to prevent the base of your tongue from blocking your airway, effectively quieting the snoring sounds. With its thin and lightweight, BPA-free, medical-grade rubber material, this FDA Cleared mouthpiece is safe to use and usually lasts for about six months. Refills are available.

There are several different types of mouthpieces. Learn more about the options:

Snoring Mouthpieces
Types of Snoring Mouthpieces

When positional therapy makes sense?

Positional therapy is a clinically-proven therapy with no adverse side effects and a good choice for anyone who snores, but particularly for:

  • Snorers who primarily sleep on their backs
  • Snorers who have teeth or jaw issues (who cannot use an anti-snoring mouthpiece);
  • Snorers seeking a co-therapy option to pair with an anti-snoring mouthpiece, nasal dilator, or chin strips;
  • People with mild obstructive sleep apnea who cannot tolerate CPAP
  • People who need to change sleep positions for health reasons, such as pregnant women who must sleep on their sides once they reach a certain point in their pregnancy.

When a mouthpiece makes sense?

An anti-snoring mouthpiece can be a quick remedy for snorers and help them achieve quality sleep who:

  • People whose snoring has worsened with age
  • Open and closed mouth sleepers
  • Overweight snorers
  • Back sleepers
  • Snorers with a pronounced overbite

Why are mouthpieces even more effective when combined with positional therapy?

If you suffer from both constant movement, such as rolling over in your sleep, and find yourself snoring due to other factors, anti-snoring mouthpieces like the ZQuiet mouthpiece, work best when you are sleeping on your side. You can get the best of both worlds, and the ultimate in quiet, with co-therapy, combining the use of an anti-snoring mouthpiece with a positional therapy device. By using a mouthpiece and positional sleep aid to ensure that you don’t roll over onto your back, you create the optimal combination for quiet, peaceful nights, and deep restorative sleep.