How Smart Is Your Bed?

Snoring is one of those issues that plagues more people than you probably realize. In fact, you may snore yourself and just not know it! If you sleep alone you probably are in the dark on any potential snoring issues. When there’s no one there to stab you in the side because you’re keeping them awake, it’s hard to see you have an issue. There are several causes, and treatments, for snoring. Some of the major causes are being overweight, smoking or drinking heavily before bed, stress and plain old muscle relaxation. You can exercise, scale back on bad habits and do yoga to reduce your stress but it’s a bit hard to combat muscles relaxing. Unless you have super control of your muscles. Then that’s a different story.

When your muscles relax too much your tongue will fall to the back of your throat and the muscles will loosen. This vibration on loose flesh is what causes the sound we’re all to familiar with. Various mouthpieces designed to either push your jaw forward to increase airflow (like: http://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/zquiet) or hold your tongue in place ((like: http://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/good-morning-snore-solution)can assist with this issue.

But what else can you do?

As our houses get smarter and smarter technology is slowly creeping into the bedroom:

After a full day of meetings at CES 2017, I noticed a few trends that could bubble up beyond some of the bigger ones that get a lot of the media’s attention. Roaming around a large hotel ballroom (The Mirage Events Center, actually) during the Pepcom Digital Experience event, I noticed a LOT of individual products, but some of them have coalesced into themes to watch during the year.

Technology hits the bedroom

Humans spend about 1/3 of their life sleeping or trying to sleep, so it’s been interesting to see that products are finally addressing our needs for a better night’s sleep. Companies and products like Smart Nora, the Zeeq Smart Pillow and Sleepace all have different approaches towards alleviating the annoyance of someone snoring (alleviating for the partner, since it probably doesn’t bother you if you’re the snorer). Different approaches are used by some of the products – the Nora device, for example, uses a small device that raises the pillow slightly to get you to move when snoring is detected through its sound sensor. The Zeeq includes speakers (which let you play music to help you get to sleep) that can activate when it detects snoring.

The big company in this space is Sleep Number Bed, which was at the event showing off its new Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed. The entire mattress system includes the anti-snoring approach (the bed adjusts the position when snoring is detected), but also includes a warming feature, biometric sensors and other health data abilities to help customers get their 40 winks in an easier manner.

Via: http://www.networkworld.com/article/3155005/consumer-electronics/ces-2017-early-trends-and-thoughts.html

A bevvy of cold-footed humans are very excited about the warming feature but for snorers, to have a bed that will automatically tilt you to help stop snoring is a great idea. If your bed does it for you there’s no need to stab  your partner in the ribs or be concerned that your snoring is shaking the windows and you don’t know it.

While some people might be hesitant to have technology in their beds, others will see it as progressive. There’s no denying that these are all fantastic ideas, but they are going to cost you a pretty penny. Before you get too wrapped up in the idea of buying a smart bed, maybe you should start saving your nickels and dimes. While it might take you a while to save for it, it’ll be that much sweeter when you can afford it.

The blog article How Smart Is Your Bed? was first published on TSMR

From http://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/zquiet/how-smart-is-your-bed

Battle For The Future: Snore Mouthpieces Vs. The Smart Bed

No matter how you look at it, technology has changed our lives immeasurably over the past 20 years. Just think of it: now, we carry 6-10 ounce devices that have about 50-100 times the computer power that a laptop in 1995 did. I mean, that’s simply amazing (and please, don’t take my “computing power” estimates as fact: I ain’t no computer scientist! 😉 ).

So what does technology do? It solves problems. Or at least it disrupts and creates new problems that can be solved (I hate to go back to cell phones again, but yep, for many people they’ve BECOME a problem).  And what is one of the biggest problems for many people in Western societies? Snoring. Yes, I said it. And yes, it is a little “First World”, but the fact is, snoring STILL affects such a large percentage of the population that it’s almost crazy. I mean, come on! Shouldn’t we have done a little more about this by now?

And did we? Yes. First, we created the mandibular advancing snoring mouthpiece, which remains an extremely effective device, especially with solid entries recently such as the Zquiet, VitalSleep and SnoreRX. Then we adapted and made it better by creating the Tongue Stabilizing Device Mouthpiece, or TSD, an example well represented by the Good Morning Snore Solution.

But people are always looking for a better, more comfortable way. It simply makes sense, and apparently technology is looking to provide this. So you have a smart phone, right? What about a Smart Bed? Sleep Number thinks it’s got one:

the invention of a bed that automatically moves to adjusts a sleeper’s position when it detects a snoring fit, saving their partner from decamping to the sofa in an attempt to get a good night’s sleep.

The 360 Smart Bed, which can adjust its mattress to fit different body positions, track its owner’s sleeping habits and wake them at the optimum time, can detect the sound of snoring and in response raises the sleeper’s head by a few degrees to clear the airwaves.

Developed by mattress company Sleep Number and due to be put on sale this year, it can also warm up owners’ feet and send data about their sleeping patterns to an app.

It’s an interesting move, for sure. And we applaud Sleep Number for giving it a shot. As we have noted just recently in our post about the Snore Circle, tech companies seem to be going whole hog looking to sell products to help people sleep.

They also have what I would call “creative” ideas about how snoring can be stopped. Now don’t get me wrong: these folks don’t invest millions of dollars in a product that they think is not going to work (or sell, for that matter).

So, let’s jump ahead and propose hypothetically that the Sleep Number 360 does stop your snoring. Great! Fantastic even. The real question, though, is how many people can actually afford the Sleep Number 360. When you look at the snoring mouthpiece market and see that it is rare for a mouthpiece to cost more than $100, and compare it to Sleep Number, which currently runs models anywhere from $1000-3000USD, you can see that this is probably going to be ridiculously unaffordable for all but the richest folks out there.

The key question here for many people will be: Which is more affordable, snoring surgery or the Sleep Number 360? It sounds crazy, but when you consider it is very likely that the costs are similar, maybe it ain’t so bad sticking to a tried and true device that costs less than $125?

Battle For The Future: Snore Mouthpieces Vs. The Smart Bed was originally seen on The Snoring Mouthpiece Review Blog

From http://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/sleep-health/snore-mouthpieces-vs-smart-bed

Wake Yourself Into Snore-Free Sleep?

So why is snoring a big problem for people? Well, there are certainly a number of reasons, a major one being the fact that snoring frequently coincides with lack of breathing during sleep. Also, if you sleep with a partner, it can be annoying to the extreme and keep your partner up all night, whether he or she has a snoring problem or not! This is bad for you, of course, but definitely worse for your relationship.

However, one of the main issues that people find tough with snoring and sleep apnea is a lack of sleep. A lack of sustained, restful, full-blown, relaxed sleep. The kind where the dreams are strong and restful. The real reason for good sleep, after all.

The consequences of missing out on this kind of quality sleep can be killer for a lot of people, and result in lost productivity, moodiness and not to mention total lack of energy during the day. It’s enough that people frequently look to snoring mouthpieces like this one to calm their snoring and ensure a solid bunch of winks.

A Chinese company called VVFly, meanwhile, has a different way of tackling snoring: instead of attacking the issue at the core like a mouthpiece, they have a device called the Snore Circle that actually “transmits beeps and vibrations into a snorer’s ear to stop snoring when it detects it.” It’s an interesting approach, for sure:

The CEO, Johnson Luo, who is also a snorer, said that the device doesn’t wake the snorer up, but just irritates the snorer enough to change position and stop snoring. The beeps and vibrations sent by the device vary in 54 forms according to the seriousness of the snoring.

According to the article on Forbes.com, the massively different customer experiences may be par for the course with this device:

Professor Li Taoping, director of the Respiratory and Sleep Research Center at Guangzhou Southern Medical University, said that snoring results from various causes, such as having narrower air passages, being overweight or out of shape, use of certain medicines, excessive drinking or smoking, and sleeping in poor positions. As a result, different methods and tools have varying influence on different people. That is why the users of Snore Circle have such different experiences from the device.

Now, this is certainly a device that we wouldn’t recommend (especially because it never really addresses the initial or main cause of snoring), but that’s OK, as it’s only available in Mainland China at this point. But, there does seem to be one very interesting and frankly, useful reason to consider the Snore Circle:

What is also special about the Snore Circle is that it has Bluetooth that can send data to its mobile app, also of the same name, which can track and record one’s sleeping quality and snoring reduction.

So the power of a sleep lab in a Bluetooth device? Why yes, friends. Very, very cool. Cool enough, apparently, that the company as of this writing has already raised over $250,000 on funding site IndieGoGo to potentially get the product to more people.

So is the Snore Circle a stunning snore-killer like we’ve never seen before? Er, probably not. And the idea of “slightly bothering” the snorer perhaps up to a hundred times per night doesn’t exactly sound like an experience most of us would like to be a part of.

But, in our eyes, what makes the Snore Circle so interesting is the fact that it uses your smart phone to track exactly how your snoring patterns work. Like a sleep lab in an earpiece’s clothing, if it actually works as stated.

And that may be well worth the money for many folks.

Wake Yourself Into Snore-Free Sleep? is republished from SnoringMouthpieceReview.org

From http://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/sleep-health/wake-yourself-into-snore-free-sleep

Suffer from Sleep Apnea? Here’s One Job You Should Rethink

There are plenty of issues that people with sleep concerns will face. When you can’t sleep well, it throws off your entire day and sometimes your whole week! Snoring is a major sleep issue that more people suffer from than they realize. If you sleep alone, you might never know that you are a snorer until you can’t figure out why you’re so tired every single day. There are several causes for

snoring but the most common is that your muscles in your mouth and throat are so loose it causes vibrations when you breathe. This is what gives way to the snoring sound we’ve all come to identify, thanks to television.

Another major sleep issue is Sleep Apnea and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Those who suffer from OSA will literally stop breathing several times at night. This interrupts the sleeping pattern and deprives the brain of oxygen.  It can have serious side effects for the waking hours and generally a special machine is needed to help the sufferer breathe and sleep uninterrupted at night. This is why a mouthpiece like the SnoreRX can be huge. It can easily contain your apnea. Read our SnoreRX review here.

Because the side effects of untreated snoring can severely impact your job, some occupations are making testing for OSA a mandatory component:

On July 8, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) closed its period for public comments regarding a proposal that would make it mandatory for all commercial drivers to be tested for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which has been identified as one of major causes of truck accidents.

The NTSB, in consultation with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), is expected to make its recommendation before the end of 2016, which could authorize the U.S. Department of Transportation to propose a new law regarding the treatment of sleep apnea among commercial truck drivers.

[…]

Because sleep apnea interrupts the sleep cycle, people with this disorder often struggle with focusing and remaining alert during the day.

And occupations such as truck driving are physically and mentally taxing, which when combined with sleep apnea, can make for a fatal combination for other drivers.

Sleep Apnea Stats Among Commercial Drivers:

Some recent statistics show that truck drivers are particularly vulnerable to developing sleep apnea.

A joint study by the University of Pennsylvania, FMCSA and the American Transportation Research Institute of the American Trucking Associations, found that 28 percent of commercial truck drivers have mild to severe apnea.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reported in 2014 that drowsy driving resulted in 328,000 accidents, 109,000 injuries, and more than 6,000 fatalities each year.

What’s even scarier is that truck drivers are more likely to exhibit certain risk factors of sleep apnea.

Via: https://www.yahoo.com/news/rise-sleep-apnea-related-truck-135800526.html

Does this mean that sufferers of sleep apnea can never be truck drivers? Of course not. What this means is that the industry has identified a potential safety issue and are taking the steps to manage it. The good news is that the more people who are identified as having OSA, the more assistance they can get. Remember, not everyone has someone in their bed who can let them know what they do in their sleep. There is no other way for people to find out just what goes on during the night if no one tells them.

While this may be an occupation people with OSA should rethink going after, it doesn’t mean that being a truck driver is impossible. Driver fatigue has long been a serious issue for truck drivers so it should be comforting to know that serious thought into the causes of fatigue are being investigated. We will continue to need truck drivers until they invent teleportation. Until that time, let’s make sure our roads, and our truck drivers, are safe.

Suffer from Sleep Apnea? Here’s One Job You Should Rethink Read more on: The Snoring Mouthpiece Review Blog

From http://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/snorerx/suffer-from-sleep-apnea

Dispelling Some Sleep Myths With Professional Help!

There are a lot of myths about virtually everything – let’s face it, when you live in a world where “fake news” is not only more popular, but more believed than real news, you’re going to get some fake-outs. But in the world of sleep, there are always ways to second guess. Am I getting enough sleep? Is my health destroying my sleep? And it goes on from there.

sleep-mythsThere are some simple truths, however, and a key one is that we all need a good amount of sleep to survive. For most people, that means anywhere from 6-8 hours of sleep per night. This is the same kind of sleep that can be easily interrupted by snoring, which is why many people may be overestimating the sheer amount of sleep they’re actually receiving.

But, leave it up to this Fortune Article to go all Myth-Busters on sleep:

If you can’t recall your dreams, you’re not sleeping deeply. Not true. It’s normal not to remember your dreams, but most likely you are still having dream sleep otherwise known as REM (“rapid eye movement”) sleep every night. In fact, most people remember their dreams only because they may be waking up frequently in the middle of the night (from disorders such as sleep apnea) or because they were in the last stage of sleep when the alarm went off.

Frankly, I’d never heard of this one before. But there you go… the folks behind the fake news sites must be cooking away in their fake sleep lab with this one. Not as bad as this one:

You can’t have sleep apnea if you’re not fat. Not true. Sleep apnea may be related to being obese, but it can also be found in children and thin adults. Facial bone structure related to a small upper airway also contributes to sleep apnea. Physicians who diagnose and treat sleep disorders look for signs such as a small jaw, a recessed chin, teeth crowding, small nasal passages or a deviated septum (which means the thin wall between the nasal passages is displaced to one side).

Yep, that one is a bit of a shocker. It’s important to remember that snoring usually comes from your jaw and epiglottis region, and has nothing to do with obesity at all. That’s why mouthpieces like the Good Morning Snore Solution are in such popular demand by our readers. While obesity does mean the likelihood that you snore is much higher because it’s also likely you have more movable fat cells in your neck and throat region, it certainly isn’t a guarantee, either. No matter your body shape, you’re at risk of obstructive sleep apnea – whether you like it or not.

You can make up for lost weeknight sleep on the weekend. Not true. While you may be able to work off some sleep debt by sleeping more on the weekends, such sleep deprivation during the work week and binge sleeping on the weekends can contribute to insomnia. It disrupts circadian rhythms and makes it hard to fall and stay asleep. It’s best to set the same wake time seven days a week and get into bed when you’re feeling sleepy.

This one is interesting as well. My wife is a big proponent of this one, and I frankly can’t wait to show it to her. Sleep daily, folks, and you’ll be much better off than if you think that you can somehow “catch up”.

Alcohol helps you sleep better. Not true. A nightcap before bed may calm you down and make it easier to fall asleep, but it tends to disrupt the quality of sleep. The depressant effects of alcohol may wear off in the middle of the night, increasing nighttime awakenings. Alcohol also reduces REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep and increases sleep-disordered breathing, which may lead to even more nighttime awakenings. And for some people, it can induce gastroesophageal reflux, which can cause discomfort and awakening.

About this one, all I can say is I find it all a bit hilarious. Apparently the myth-meister that started shilling this one has never come by my bedside after a couple of good whiskies!
See the rest of these myths at http://www.forbes.com/sites/henrymiller/2016/11/30/a-bakers-dozen-important-facts-about-sleep-and-sleep-disorders/, and learn a little something.

Remember that checking a couple of sources, especially when it comes to health decisions, is ALWAYS a great idea. There is never a need to diagnose yourself with a dire fatal illness when a second source might dispel that kind of madness.

And remember also: worrying causes a ton of stress. Stress can make sleeping difficult. So don’t believe everything you read, OK?

Dispelling Some Sleep Myths With Professional Help! was originally published to The Snoring Mouthpiece Review

From http://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/sleep-health/dispelling-some-sleep-myths-with-professional-help

Stop Snoring Proactively? Try SnooZeal

It’s a straight up fact: currently, there is really no particular solution that remedies snoring as well as snoring mouthpieces. I’m talking about none. Yes, there is CPAP, and that can be effective despite its overall awkwardness, cost and just frankly difficulties. But if you’re like most people, a CPAP machine is just not going to cut it – there is really very little debate about this.

snoozealSo, in terms of snoring mouthpieces that are fantastic and have been proven over and over again to really halt the symptoms of snoring, you’re really not going to get much better than the SnoreRX (http://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/snorerx), a MAD mouthpiece with the kind of precision most others dream of, and of course, the Good Morning Snore Solution (http://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/good-morning-snore-solution), the TMJ go-to mouthpiece for anyone with a snoring issue. The latter, of course, allows you to use it even if you have dentures, something that is not the case for MAD mouthpieces.

The Key Negative Of These Mouthpieces

Alright, alright. Well, there are different devices for different people, that’s for sure. And some people simply do not like sleeping with something in their mouth. It’s just a fact. But for many people out there, the mouthpieces above, along with a few others reviewed on our site are absolutely effective and comfortable to roll with.

But your main issue with a snoring mouth guard of any kind? It has to be worn. Like every night. So, until you take a look at a more major way of solving your snoring issues, like perhaps losing a ton of weight or even committing to a serious snoring surgery, you will have to wear your mouthpiece if you want to stop the log sawing.

But what if you could address your snoring problem at its foundation: by tackling the tongue. The SnooZeal does this, and you don’t wear it as you sleep; instead, it zaps the snoring out of you, according to MedGadget.com:

The SnooZeal product consists of a mouth piece that places electrodes above and below the tongue, a control unit that connects to the mouthpiece, a remote control, and a smartphone app. It works by electrically stimulating the tongue to give it a workout and keep it from completely relaxing and collapsing during the night.

The SnooZeal is not actually used during sleep, but indicated to be placed in the mouth twice a day for a period of six weeks. This essentially physically trains the tongue muscle and helps to keep it at least partially contracted even at night.

The device can be controlled either via the remote or through the accompanying smartphone app.

Via: http://www.medgadget.com/2016/11/snoozeal-prevents-snoring-training-tongue-daytime.html

Er, working out your tongue? Is that a thing? Yes, claims the SnooZeal site itself:

The remote control or App activates electrodes in the mouthpiece, which stimulate the tongue muscles, effectively giving them a “work out”. The wireless system removes the need for wires going to the mouth.

The Smart App allows you to monitor how often you have used the device, when, and most importantly, how your snoring has changed over the period by monitoring your snoring levels at night.

SnooZeal offers four programs for different types of toning improvements to the tongue muscle function.
It can be used anytime, anywhere, in any personal environment – watching television or whilst doing almost anything around the house.

Er, OK. Giving your tongue a “workout”, eh? Now, the cynic in us wonders if this is a lot like those “electric ab belts” that are supposed to zap you into full on South-Beach-style six pack abs. As in, some hype, kind of cool as a concept, but frankly not useful at all. Possibly even a scam.

But, this is just speculation, of course. The SnooZeal may in fact work. Their website does not really display any particular way to order the product, so this may in fact just be a beta-style product. There is nothing on the site in terms of clinical trials, or really anything about how you can actually buy a SnooZeal for yourself!

And still, we have to commend the SnooZeal folks for attempting to attack the obstructive sleep apnea problem at its source: your tongue. If this product is more than just vaporware, it does have the real possibility of changing lives!

The blog post Stop Snoring Proactively? Try SnooZeal was originally published to TSMR Blog

From http://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/snorerx/stop-snoring-proactively-try-snoozeal

When It Comes To Snoring Devices, Be Careful!

What can I say? We live in a world where you have to watch out for scams. There are con-men (and ladies) out there that are trying to get every last dollar with their snake oils and wild claims. Heck, there is a president of the USA that has played one of the largest con games in the history of US politics who plans to sleep his way through his presidency, hire Nazis for his cabinet, and give the entire economy away to corporate interests (not so sure that Hillary wouldn’t, but that’s another matter).

nsf-mypillowSo we’re probably all about sick of con games at this point. It’s enough so that many are probably having difficulties sleeping at night! And on the latter point, it looks like another scam has come about: this one from a product that has become popular, despite some claims that even the FTC is balking about:

Lindell claims that the pillow is a cure-all for almost any sleep problem. Whether it’s snoring, sleep apnea, tossing and turning, waking up in pain— they can be solved with MyPillow.

Commercials explain that “MyPillow helps you get and stay in deep restorative REM sleep all night long” because it “keeps your neck supported and aligned to your exact individual need.”

How does Lindell know? He explains in one commercial, “I had all these problems too.”

One customer testimonial on the company’s website even called MyPillow “a God-send.”

Via: http://ijr.com/2016/11/736624-mypillow-commercials-promise-to-cure-all-sorts-of-sleep-problems-theres-just-1-major-problem/

All right, so this is all good. I don’t know of many pillow manufacturers that don’t claim that they’re the bomb, do you? I mean, you’re running a pillow company, and people use pillows to get a good night sleep. Why wouldn’t you want to big up your pillows (particularly if they’re premium, like the MyPillow)? Er, here’s why:

Court documents produced by TruthInAdvertising.org list the problems MyPillow claims to cure without sufficient proof, which includes but is not limited to, TMJ, insomnia, snoring, fibromyalgia, and Restless Leg Syndrome. They also assert that MyPillow does not clearly state that their National Sleep Foundation endorsement is not completely based on the merit of the pillow, but appears to be paid for.

Ha! Not a shock, friends. The National Sleep Foundation may be accepting bribes in order to put their stamp on things? We’re shocked! This coming from a “foundation” that boasts one of the worst snoring mouthpiece pages in the history of the Internet? Yes. Of course. I’m not entirely sure why people would be surprised. It’s not as if the NSF is an organization known for it’s honesty, after all.

The hilarious point about “MyPillow” is that there literally could be absolutely zero ways that it could help with TMJ. I mean, how is this even possible? According to WebMD:

Your temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are in front of each ear. It lets you move your jaw up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn.

Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). But you may hear it wrongly called TMJ, after the joint.

So how is a pillow going to help with a jaw problem? That’s just clinically insane. Now, only the most gullible of all pillow purchasers will assume that a pillow can cure something to do with their jaw structures, but this is truly hilarious.

The fact that another of the claims on the manufacturer’s website is that the MyPillow actually stops snoring is absolutely ridiculous as well. Now, I will admit that not all people want to use a mandibular advancing mouth guard like the ZQuiet, as an example, but there actually is an alternative to these mouthpieces.

I am speaking of the Good Morning Snore Solution (link), of course, which does not have the same rigid construction nor discomfort issues that a MAD mouthpiece can have. TMJ sufferers that use the GMSS have also offered solid testimonials in its favor – basically because it is the only mouthpiece of its kind, and really does not affect the positioning of one’s jaw.

Snoring Scams Are Out There – Watch Out!

Now, it’s unlikely you’ve been a victim of a snoring scam, but it is important to be very, very diligent when researching these types of advice. I can give some real credit for the State Of California for going after the MyPillow scamsters, because it really doesn’t happen as much as it should. So stay aware, people. And if you have a snoring issue, just use a mouthpiece!

When It Comes To Snoring Devices, Be Careful! Read more on: http://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/

From http://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/good-morning-snore-solution/when-it-comes-to-snoring-devices-be-careful

TMJ Sufferers – There Is Help For Your Sleep Apnea

If you have an issue with TMJ, or your temporomanibular joint, life can be very difficult. Pain and discomfort for a person with TMJ problems can be immense – and not just in the facial and jaw areas – sometimes it can affect the entire body! Some of the common symptoms of a TMJ problem can include problems eating, limited jaw movement and ringing in the ears.

tmj-disorderObviously, when you are dealing with a TMJ issue, sleeping can sometimes be a problem. But when you not only have a TMJ issue, but obstructive sleep apnea, it can be a virtual nightmare, at least according to Dr. Mark Duncan, writing for the Huffington Post:

We have all seen the images of tools used to manage sleep apnea that require sufferers to sleep with a CPAP mask, making them look like a super villain or scuba diver. However, obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially serious condition. Sufferers experience obstructed airflow and stop breathing repeatedly during sleep, sometimes for a minute or even longer. This may happen from five times an hour to more than 100 in severe cases. The body is damaged by only 5 of these episodes an hour, and as we learn more, it appears that even minor episodes can cause chronic damage.

When breathing stops, the brain reacts to the situation by producing a rush of adrenalin which in turn quickens the heartbeat. Muscles in the chest then work to resume airflow and the person gasps for a breath and falls back asleep. This scenario is then repeated multiple times during the same night while the person never realizes what is occurring. That’s because they never really “wake up” but only experience a short pause in sleep. This pause destroys the normal sleep cycle cascade which is critically important to health and brain function.

The really difficult point comes as this: when you have TMJ issues, the likelihood of you being able to use a Mandibular Advancement Device or MAD, mouthpiece like the SnoreRX (reviewed here) or the VitalSleep is practically zero. When your jaw is misaligned, trying to force it somewhere that it shouldn’t be can be not only painful, but absolutely dangerous.

What’s crazy about TMJ issues is that in some cases, according to Dr. Duncan, sleep apnea can actually be CAUSED by a misaligned jaw joint:

More and more studies are showing a connection between TMD and sleep disturbances. In many sleep apnea cases, a misaligned jaw joint or TMJD, is actually to blame. This is because the tongue’s position is impacted by the alignment of the upper and lower teeth. When the teeth are misaligned, the tongue can block the airway as you sleep. This problem with the jaw alignment or malocclusion can cause a person to wake up frequently throughout the night.

Via: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-duncan-dds-fagd-dicoi/is-tmj-disorder-costing-y_b_11657326.html

So we have a problem. What do you do when you have a jaw problem that makes the most cost effective way to fight your snoring, a mouthpiece, practically unusable? Well, fortunately, thanks to the Good Morning Snore Solution (http://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/good-morning-snore-solution), you just have to change your mouthpiece to a different kind.

Yes, because the Good Morning Snore Solution, or GMSS, does not actually alter the position of the jaw, TMJ users can actually use it. One of the key problems for most MAD snoring mouthpieces is that they tend to “lock” the jaw in place, or at least keep it from moving so that it does not slide back and cause blockage around the epiglottis in the throat. The GMSS is a tongue stabilizing device, meaning it focuses on holding the tongue forward so that it will not slip backwards into the throat.

The GMSS relies on suction from the mouth, working much like a baby soother, and does not require any kind of bite-down in order to function. Instead, as a tongue retaining mouthpiece (and one of the few readily available ones on the market), it focuses on maintaining tongue positioning. This means that a person with TMJ problems can actually let their jaw move naturally, which ensures the most pain-free scenario. This is also the reason why the Good Morning Snore Solution tends to work so well for people with dentures: there is simply no bite down to speak of.

Obviously, finding out that TMJ is not only related to, but may in fact cause snoring and sleep apnea, can be quite shocking for some people. But, that doesn’t mean that you cannot address the key, and most dangerous part of the equation: the sleep apnea. And the best way, at least in terms of anti snoring mouth guards, tends to be the Good Morning Snore Solution.

TMJ Sufferers – There Is Help For Your Sleep Apnea is available on http://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/

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Need Snoring Help? Don’t Ask GQ

It’s always a bit strange when a big publication chimes in on a subject they don’t normally approach. But, variety is the spice of life, after all, and magazines are dying all around us. So why not approach the difficult topic of stopping snoring, right? At least this is the thought of the GQ publication: it’s obviously an important thumbs-down-gqtopic, as more people snore than voted for Donald Trump – so why not put a hat into the ring? Why not help out the readers that are sawing logs and waking up wondering if they got any sleep at all last night?

And one would think the information would be better, but as expected, it’s a little fluffy, even for GQ’s 10 Ways To Stop Snoring. I mean:

2. Sleep on your side.
Air turbulence is generally the fault of the soft tissue in the roof of your mouth, uvula (the flappy droopy thing), and pharynx (the back of your throat). If you sleep on your back, gravity pulls all these things south. Side-sleepers have a better chance of avoiding this problem. To train yourself sideways, pick up something called a wedge pillow. There are also shirts with tennis balls on the backs, to make rolling that way super-uncomfortable.

Isn’t really what I would call, ahem, really mind-blowing advice for snorers. Let’s be real… our mothers have told us this for years. “Sleep on your side, and all will be fine.” Hilariously, the link they include is to buy a pillow. My thoughts on this are here. Now, let’s be honest. If you are reading this article, you probably understand that sleeping on your side ain’t no solution at all. Why not try sleeping upside down? At least that sounds plausible and new (if absurd).

Oh, but the sages at GQ are not done. They have more mind bending research:

6. Free your nasal passages.
Especially if you’re sacked with seasonal allergies. Take a pre-bed hot shower, for the steam. Squirt in some saline. (This is also achievable through a device called a ” neti pot,” which is a traditional Chinese phrase meaning “fire water into your nose twice a week.” “It’s a very odd experience,” says Breus, underselling it, “but it irrigates things.”) You can also try nasal steroids like Flonase and Nasonex, but be aware they take 7 to 10 days to take effect.

Yep. They went there. It’s important that everyone take a moment to soak the previous passage in. Now, it’s also important to remember that in most cases, snoring HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH your nasal passages. Absolutely nothing. Like, nada.

If people snore daily, it is very unlikely to be a “congestion problem”. I write about nasal snoring here, but do understand that it is nowhere near the main problem for most snorers.  Hell, even the American Rhinologic Association doesn’t seem to be very passionate that snoring is mainly nasal. But, is there perhaps some kind of motivation why GQ would even mention nasal congestion as a snoring cause? Well, our answer does come in the form of…

7. Paste hilarious-looking strips on your face. Yeah they look silly, but do you want to quit snoring or not? Breus warns, though, many people apply breathing strips too high. “Take your thumb and forefinger, and start at the bridge of your nose. Breathe in, and slide the strip down, stopping right where your nostrils flare out.” They don’t always work, but there’s no harm in trying.

Oh yeah. They went there. Breathing strips. The statement “they don’t always work, but no harm in trying” does portray exactly how confident the writer is about their effectiveness, and again, it’s rather weak advice. Snoring is not a result of nasal congestion for most people! Not sure there are other ways to say this! I mean, this was a pretty tough article in general. It isn’t until the final “way to stop snoring” that GQ hits the mark, and even then, it’s fairly wishy washy:

10. If none of these things work… …and they might not, your next move is to hit up an ENT (or an otolaryngologist if you’re all fancy). He/she might suggest a dental device that pulls your jaw slightly forward forward, or a bite-device like you’d use in flag football.

ZQuietOk. Wow. Let me just say that there is no reason to see an otolaryngologist if you want to buy a mouthpiece like our recommended MAD, the ZQuiet (which we have no complaints about), or even the Good Morning Snore Solution TSD, which avoids all of the negative symptoms a jaw advancing mouthpiece can produce for some people. If you have an amazing health insurance plan and a few hours to spare, yes, you can see a specialist. But is it truly necessary for most snorers? No!

Why wait a couple of months for an appointment with an expensive specialist when you can address your problem right now? All of the most respected mouthpieces have 30 day guarantees, and are going to be cheaper than a specialist. What’s more, a solid mouthpiece can actually solve your snoring problem starting today!

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When you’re looking to overhaul the engine in your car, you’re probably not going to pick up a copy of Good Housekeeping for some guidance. Building a deck? You’ll probably want to avoid Motor Trend magazine. Looking for a good local restaurant? You ain’t going to find your answer in a copy of Men’s Health.

So yes, if you need to stop snoring sooner and not later, you’ll probably want to put down that copy of GQ. There are a lot of things that this classic publication is good at… It just so happens that solving your snoring issue is not one of those things.

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SnoreRX – Prescription for Success

If you’ve ever wondered how those mouthpieces work and if they’re even worth it, read on. Living with a snorer, or being the snorer others have to live with, isn’t the best past time around. Many people snore for various health snorerxreasons and due to participating in other not-so-healthy activities right before bed. Instead of ignoring the problem it’s important to identify the cause and deal with it before you get kicked out of your bed. Depending on the cause of the snoring you may need to consider investing in a mouthpiece. There are several on the market but some recent changes to one of our favorites, SnoreRX, is sure to raise some eyebrows:

Apnea Sciences, the manufacturer of SnoreRx, has announced a new improved design to its popular “stop snoring” mouthpiece, SnoreRx.

The changes in SnoreRx were brought about due to an ongoing effort to improve the user experience where customer suggestions were heard and acted upon.

New upgraded features were designed to resolve three of the most common issues reported by customers which include:

–     Slimmer less bulky design.

–     Easier adjustment and stays locked in place.

–     Greater comfort and improved custom fit impression.

More details for SnoreRx can be found here, www.snorerx.com.

SnoreRx remains the only non-prescriptive oral appliance that meets and exceeds established medical standards set by Medicare and is approved by the FDA.

One of its flagship features include a built in calibrator allowing the user the ability to reset the mouthpiece adjustment to provide maximum effectiveness and comfort whenever needed. The adjustment moves in 1 mm increments, or what’s called Jaw Advancement Calibration.  SnoreRx does not produce constant pressure or torsion which can lead to pain and tendinitis.

Jeff Rafael, a senior SnoreRx affiliate, had this to say:

“The concept behind SnoreRx is not new, however the design is.  They have taken all aspects of this type of device to a much higher level.  Making the new upgrades has addressed many of the most common issues reported by customers.

If a person is a candidate to wear a stop snoring mouthpiece, I believe SnoreRx is now by far the safest, most effective and affordable solution to cure their snoring problem, period.

I love that it’s 100% made in the US, it adjusts, and is loaded with a ton of great safety and comfort features to get a great night’s sleep.  I use it personally and I know how wonderful it is.

[…]”

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One of the major concerns users had was with the size of the SnoreRX so the company responded in kind. Released just last year the improvements to the mouthpiece are already being lauded by users. The company kept the features users have become used to and worked on making it sleeker an more comfortable. This is a great example of a company being told that something isn’t working and then going ahead to do the best they can to make it better for their customers. Not many corporations tend to care about what their users think and those are the ones you will find who produce cheap, and grossly ineffective, products that they try to foist off on users.

With its precise calibrations to make it easy to customize and use the SnoreRx is definitely worth the $99 you’d ave to spend in order to get it. Sometimes you need to consider the value over the quantity of the money you are spending. This is one of those instances where slightly expensive comes with a great payoff that cheap just can’t give you.

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