OTC snoring 'cures' failing many27th May 2009
A survey has shown that a number of over-the-counter snoring remedies are ineffective.
Consumer organisation Which? discovered that three-quarters of people who tried them found they did not work.
The watchdog tested a range of remedies such as nasal strips and throat sprays that nearly 2,000 of its members with snoring had tried.
Few provided relief and some disturbed the users' sleep so much that they were reluctant to use them again.
Which? noted that as people snore for several reasons, buying a single cure might not solve the problem.
Senior researcher Joanna Pearl said: "People can spend hundreds of pounds trying to cure snoring, but in a survey of nearly 2,000 Which? online panel members, 71% found that the snoring aid they bought was not very or not at all effective.
"There's no one 'cure' for snoring as everyone snores for different reasons, and it's important to try and pinpoint why you snore so you can try the right solution.
"Before you buy, see what you can do yourself and rule out potential health problems such as severe sleep apnoea. And talk to a health professional such as a GP or dentist if it doesn't improve."
Marianne Davey of the British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association said simply trying out a device without first identifying the cause of the snoring was doomed to failure.
Problems causing snoring could be the tongue impeding the airway, a problem with the nose, congestion or catarrh, sleeping position or excess weight or alcohol consumption.
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