It is estimated that around 45% of adults snore, so it is a very common problem. People snore for many reasons, including allergies, congestion, or nose and throat structures. If the snoring is related to the nose, there are certain nasal devices that can help to reduce snoring. Let's explore the nasal dilators by examining their functionality, reasons for usage, and advantages they offer and discuss their effectiveness in addressing snoring issues.
Internal nasal dilators are easily inserted into the nose to help reduce snoring and improve sleep quality.
They work by opening up the nasal passages, allowing more airflow.
There are various types of internal nasal dilators to choose from, and the most suitable one for you will depend on your specific needs.
While internal nasal dilators are generally safe and well-tolerated, it's important to be aware of potential risks and disadvantages.
What are internal nasal dilators?
Internal nasal dilators are small devices that fit into the nose and help open the nasal pages to make breathing easier. They come in various materials and sizes to suit different people's nose structures.
Nasal dilators are designed to fit inside the nostrils to widen them. The expansion of the nostrils helps to prevent resistance to air going in and out of the nose. This action should prevent snoring if the reason for the snoring is from the nose.
Dilators, unlike external nasal strips, work from within your nose to address the issue at its core. They come in different forms, such as clips, stents, dilators, and septal stimulators, each designed with its unique mechanism.
How internal nasal dilators work
Internal nasal dilators function by effectively widening the nasal passages. This increased space allows for enhanced airflow through the nose, ultimately minimizing the vibration of soft tissues in the throat responsible for snoring. These dilators gently exert pressure on the walls of the nasal passages, preventing their inward collapse during inhalation.
There are various options when it comes to internal nasal dilators, each functioning differently. Some types feature wings that gently widen the nostrils, while others utilize springs that help maintain open nasal passages.
Some dilators act as a clip that attaches to the septum, which is the middle piece of flesh in between your nares. From there, the internal pieces may vary based on brand but essentially hold open the internal area of the nasal pages to improve airflow. This makes it easier to breathe through the nose at night while sleeping.
To remove the nasal dilator in the morning, simply grab it and remove it. It's important to note that there are different types of nasal dilators available, and they may function slightly differently, so it's important to choose one that fits your preferences and needs.
Benefits of using internal nasal dilators
Internal nasal dilators' primary goal is preventing snoring from the nose area. They help improve airflow from the nasal region and can help make it easier to breathe at night if you have allergies or congestion.
Nasal dilators may benefit people experiencing snoring and nose-related breathing issues. Here are some of the advantages:
- Reduced snoring
- Improved nasal airflow
- Better sleep quality
- Reduced daytime fatigue
- Improved mood and concentration from better sleep
Multiple studies suggest that internal nasal dilators can potentially reduce snoring.
It is important to note that they only work when the nasal passages are the cause of the snoring. These devices help to keep the nasal passages open, minimize tissue vibration, and facilitate smoother airflow. So, if the snoring is coming from the throat, like in cases of sleep apnea, nasal dilators may not help.
Risks of using internal nasal dilators
While internal nasal dilators are generally safe and well-tolerated, it's important to be aware of potential risks and disadvantages:
- Some people experience discomfort when using internal nasal dilators, particularly when they are initially inserted.
- If not cleaned properly, they can cause infections.
- Internal nasal dilators can cause sores in the nose, especially if they are too tight or worn for too long.
Internal nasal dilators may be used to reduce snoring and get better sleep at night. It is important to ensure that you choose the right one based on your individual needs. If you have underlying conditions such as sleep apnea, a nasal dilator may not work for you. Before using any product, you should evaluate the risks and benefits of its use.
Are internal nasal dilators comfortable to sleep with?
Sleeping with internal nasal dilators may be uncomfortable for some people. The level of comfort while sleeping with them may vary from person to person. Inserting them may be uncomfortable at first, so try to insert them a short while before bed to get used to them first.
Do internal nasal dilators work better than strips?
External snorting strips and internal nasal dilators work differently to open the nares to improve airflow while sleeping. The needs of the person will determine whether the internal nasal dilators work better than the external strips.
Can internal nasal dilators be used with a CPAP machine?
No, a nasal dilator should not be in the way of your CPAP machine. Ensure you speak with your doctor first before using any new devices with your CPAP machine, though.
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