Best anti-snoring solutions that actually work


Best anti-snoring solutions that actually work


f you’ve ever shared a bed with someone who snores, you’ll acquire experienced a certain kind of hell.

While they sleep – not soundly, as such – you’re left to lay there wondering what jury would convict if they too were subjected the god-unpleasant din emanating from your bedfellow.

Snoring is the worst, for everyone involved. The perpetrator wakes to find a sleep-deprived partner, frazzled and short-tempered from lack of decent shuteye; the victim knows they can’t encourage it, what with them being unconscious and all, but is full of resentment anyway.

What causes snoring?

According to the NHS, snoring occurs when “your tongue, mouth, throat or airways in your nose vibrate as you breathe. It happens because these parts of your body relax and cramped when you’re asleep.”

Being overweight, smoking and drinking are also all considerable culprits that could lead to snoring, so it’s worth cutting back where you can. Sleeping on your back also increases the chances of making a noise like a baby elephant snoozing all night.

Are there medical reasons behind snoring?

An underlying condition like sleep apnoea (when your airways become temporarily blocked) could also be the cause, so it’s worth seeing a specialist to determine if you acquire it.

In extreme cases you could resort to surgery as a snore solution, but be warned: it’s not widely available on the NHS, it isn’t always successful, and there’s no guarantee it will work long-term.

How can you stay someone from snoring?

Dr Karina Patel, from The London Sleep Centre, explains, “Snoring is multifaceted – it can be nasal or oral. If it’s nasal, we can use a nasal spray such as Xlear (we recommend it as a first step to 70 per cent of our patients as it opens up the airways – we know if it will work within 10 minutes). We also use nasal strips or cones to encourage open up the nose.”

Sleeping on the side helps ease sounds of snoring as the airways open up a miniature more. Time to employ Ross Gellar’s infamous Hug ‘n’ Roll technique.

Divorce is among the more extreme anti-snoring devices, but there are plenty of gadgets to try before you apply for a decree absolute. We’ve rounded up some of the soundest options to encourage you acquire a silent night.

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Best anti-snoring solutions at a glance:

Beurer Snore mask SL 60


Best for: a vibrational sleep aid

Being disturbed out of deep REM sleep can encourage pause snoring, as any frustrated partner will attest. Instead of ‘accidentally’ kicking them or waking yourself up by shifting them onto their side, this smart sleep mask will execute the (light) disturbing for you. It will differentiate between general nocturnal noises and your snoring and encourage stay the nose by using vibration to open up the airways. It will even monitor and record the snorer’s night-time rumblings for fascinating data (like the number of snores per hour) to read while you’re brushing your teeth.

The battery-operated tech is gadget washable so you’ll acquire no anxiety keeping it fresh. Best used with the free “Beurer SleepQuiet” app. It’s expensive, but if it works for you – it’ll be priceless.

Xlear natural nasal spray


Best for: allergy-induced snoring

Dust and allergies can irritate the sinuses and lead to snoring in some people. Xlear is a saline-based nasal spray, which can be used in each nostril at night to encourage clear the airways before bedtime.

One of the ingredients is Xylitol which has been proven to acquire antibacterial properties – just the ticket when you’re fighting off allergies or viruses. It’s drug free and safe to use every day; no wonder it’s such a hit across the Atlantic.

Silentnight Luxury Quilted Anti-Snore Pillow


Best for: an ergonomic design to open the airways

When it comes to snoring, it’s not so much the perpetrator, but more the person laying beside them who suffers: research by Silentnight and the University of Leeds revealed that 40 per cent of Brits can’t sleep because of their partner’s snoring. That’s why the sleep expert has devised this anti-snore pillow, made to give the gift of decent shut-eye – for everyone.

Tested by the British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association (who discovered that the design reduced snoring frequency and volume by approximately 50 per cent), the pillow boasts an ergonomic foam layer to aid the airways and encourage breathing with DuPont fibres making up the rest of the filling.

What’s more, it’s hypoallergenic and so there’s nothing in the construction to trigger allergies. A soft quilted cover keeps everything feeling and looking dreamy.

Kally Sleep The Anti-Snore pillow

Kally Sleep

Best for: extra neck and head support for better breathing

Found to lower snoring frequency and volume by approximately 60 per cent by the British Sleep Apnoea Association, Kally Sleep’s anti-snoring pillow uses an s-shaped layer of foam in the core to support the head and neck in a way that encourages better breathing. It’s a medium level of firmness and the fibres used in its creation are anti-allergy to encourage ward off bacteria. One for side and back sleepers.

Mute nasal dilator


Best for: dilating the nasal passage

Mute focuses on the nasal passage as the primary suspect in the war on snoring. No prescription required, this soft design sits inside the nose, helping to support passages open, air flowing – and mouth-breathing (ergo: snoring) a thing of the past.

The u-shaped gadget is made from soft, bendy plastic which you won’t feel at all when inserted correctly. Although they are adjustable (to a point), there are three sizes to choose from, small, medium and large. If you’re not sure which fit is for you, the trial pack gives you all three to road test before you find your Goldilocks favourite.

EarHub Premium Soft Foam Earplugs


Best for: occasional contact with the occasional snorer

If you only need an occasional noise cutting solution – say for birthdays or the odd weekend when your noisy partner’s had one too many – ear plugs can be the respond. Perfect for when your snorer may forget or won’t bother with nostril dilators and sprays.

Safeguard your precious sleep with EarHub’s silicone ear plugs which can cleave 33 decibels of background noise to nothing. As they’re made from plastic, they can be cleaned and reused. Once you’re done with them, they can be recycled through a TerraCycle® Zero Waste Box.

£4.99 for 10 pairs.