Stop Snoring Chin Straps are anti-snoring products that are designed to be worn around the head and jaw during sleep. They help to keep the mouth closed during the night, and help to keep the jaw held in a more ‘forward’ position.
There are quite a few different versions of this product on the market, and their prices vary greatly, even though most of them really help to accomplish the same thing.
How Are Stop Snoring Chin Straps Meant to Work?
Stop snoring chin straps were designed to help you stop snoring in a couple of different ways.
First of all, they help to keep your mouth closed while you sleep, which promotes nasal breathing, which is, all-around, better for you than mouth-breathing.
Secondly, they help to keep the jaw from falling open and backwards after you fall asleep. This helps to fight snoring by keeping the upper airway from closing-in and collapsing as you breathe.
And thirdly, by helping to keep the mouth closed, stop snoring chin straps also help to keep the throat from drying, which also helps to cut down on snoring because it leaves the throat better lubricated, diminishing the chances of soft palate vibration… the most common cause of snoring.
Do We Believe That Stop Snoring Chin Straps Can Help?
Yes, stop snoring chin straps are actually more helpful than they might seem at first glance—though they are not without their downsides.
Who Could Benefit From a Product Like This?
The people who are most likely to like (and benefit from) a product like this are people who…
- Snore on a regular or semi-regular basis
- Don’t want to buy a device that they will have to wear in their mouth during the night
- Don’t want to spend a fortune on a stop-snoring product
- Would like to try a less-invasive method before moving on to an MAD or TSD
Who Should Avoid Using Stop Snoring Chin Straps?
People who need to breathe through their mouth (people who can’t breathe through their nose, for whatever reason) should avoid using these types of products, as should people who are suffering from sleep apnea.
Since this type of a device holds your mouth closed, you can actually make sleep apnea worse by using it.
Consumer Reviews Found Online
We have been rather pleasantly surprised with how chin straps have been received by the majority of snoring customers. Obviously, they do not work for everyone. They are also prone to causing some somewhat rare side effects. Some people have complained of headaches while using them, for example.
But for the most part, people tend to like them. They do not have the same success rate as MADs or TSDs, but for a less-invasive option, they are certainly nothing to scoff at.
How Much Should I Spend Buying a Stop Snoring Chin Strap?
You can buy these types of products online for anywhere from $30 to $100. There are some ‘name brand’ chin straps out there toward the higher end of this spectrum, but they actually don’t seem to offer anything that the more generic models don’t offer as well—so our advice about this is usually to search for something that’s between $30 and $50. You can certainly spend more, but you may just be paying for a name.
It is possible that the name-brands may last a bit longer in some cases, so that is a factor. But some of them are also relatively outrageously marked up—so we find it sufficient to buy something under the $50 mark in most cases.
What Are the Alternatives?
If you cannot use a stop snoring chin strap because you have problems breathing through your nose, then we might suggest going with nasal dilators or nasal strips. If you find that this device simply doesn’t offer you enough jaw advancement to do the trick, then we would suggest going for a mandibular advancement device or a tongue stabilization device instead.
Of course, if you simply don’t want anything on or near your face, and/or if you don’t wish to ‘wear’ anything at all, then a stop snoring pillow might be a better option—though they tend to be far less effective.
You can also use nasal dilators/nasal strips to enhance the performance of your stop snoring chin strap, in some cases.
In the end, we are pretty pleased with how stop snoring chin straps perform, and place them third in our lineup of favorite types of products. Tongue Stabilization Devices and Mandibular Advancement Devices come first, because they seem to work the best for most snorers—but not everyone wants a solution that they have to keep in their mouth every night.
So for that reason, stop snoring chin straps serve a vital need in the anti-snoring product market. There are a lot of different brands available, so you may need to do a bit of research to see which one might work the best for you. And to be honest, we would absolutely encourage you to find a chin strap that comes with a satisfaction guarantee, so that you could return it if it doesn’t end up working.
But all things considered, stop snoring chin straps are certainly not bad products.