Why do we snore?

Awake.

Muscles and posture hold the airway open. There is no obstruction, breathing is unrestricted and quiet.

Sleeping.

Muscles relax and the airway becomes obstructed.  Breathing is laboured and noisy.

This partial obstruction of the airway is the source of most snoring noise

 

Snorer's Friend ™  - how does it work?

The Snorer’s Friend™ is worn in the mouth while sleeping, and holds the snorer’s lower jaw in a forward extended position.  This moves the base of the tongue away from the back of the airway and the soft palate, removing the obstruction and restoring quiet breathing.

The Snorer’s Friend™ is quite comfortable to wear.  You mould it to your teeth (after softening it in hot water) when you first get it.  You then have a device which fits your mouth perfectly.  It can take a little getting used to, but most people find that it’s worth it!


Who can use the Snorer’s Friend™?

The Snorer’s Friend™ is suitable for healthy adults who wish to reduce the volume and frequency of their snoring.  It is unsuitable for children, for people with a history of epilepsy, and for people with significant Obstructive Sleep Apnea (see notes in following section).  If you do not have a full and healthy set of teeth, or if you suffer from gum problems, you may still be able to use the Snorer’s Friend™ but please contact us first to discuss some special guidelines you should follow.


What about OSA?

If the airway obstruction illustrated above becomes bad enough, complete blockage of the airway can occur.  It becomes impossible for the snorer to breathe, and they begin to suffocate.

Eventually this situation will cause an adrenaline response, and the snorer will wake briefly to recommence breathing, usually with a shake and a gasp.  As the snorer relaxes and starts to sleep again, the cycle repeats.  In severe cases, this can occur more than 30 times per hour.  The snorer will not usually remember these episodes in the morning.

This condition is called Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) and sometimes occurs along with snoring.

OSA puts a significant strain on the sufferer’s body.  The sufferer will usually exhibit extreme daytime sleepiness (giving an increased risk of road or workplace accidents), will probably be irritable or moody, and will be more likely to develop blood pressure and heart problems.

Whilst there is some evidence to support the use of devices like the Snorer’s Friend™ in treating OSA, we strongly recommend that you seek advice from a doctor if you suspect you may suffer from this condition.  OSA will have very serious long term effects on your health if not properly controlled.

If you think you may have OSA, don’t risk it! Make an appointment with your doctor today.


Will it really work for me?

Probably, yes.  Most clinical studies with similar devices report that 80% of subjects feel that they achieve adequate control of their snoring.

Of course, we don’t want 20% of our customers to feel they have bought a useless product, and we will try to assist you as much as we can to make this product work for you.

The Snorer’s Friend™ is a genuinely useful product, but unfortunately it doesn’t work for everyone.  No snoring cure does.


About Snorer's Friend ™

Here are some more pictures of the product, to give you a better idea of what you will get.

Comes with a neat storage case, full fitting and use instructions, and a neat wooden stick so you don't burn your fingers when you are heating it up to mould to your teeth.

I even cut one in half, so you can see a cross-section, if you are into that.  Here it is.  

No Snorers were harmed in the making of this picture. And here are some nifty 3D videos, which won't work in all browsers but hopefully will work in yours. They are animated .gifs, for the technically minded.

Those animations are pretty cool, but owning a real Snorer's Friend® is even cooler. If you buy one, you can make your own 3D animations... simply hold your Snorer's Friend® at arm's length and look at it.  Twiddle it around for a great "animated effect".  Experiment with different backgrounds by moving to different areas of your house, or even outdoors.  Bend your elbow and move the Snorer's Friend® in really close to your face for a great "zoom effect".  Wow!



What about side effects?


Good side effects.

Most snorers that start using a Snorer’s Friend™ notice that they feel much better during the day.  This is because snoring is a sign that the airway is partially obstructed. It is very difficult to get good quality sleep with an obstructed airway, because the snorer’s body is continually struggling to breathe.  So with a Snorer’s Friend™, snorers wake up feeling more refreshed. If the snorer shares a bed with someone, that person will also benefit from getting better sleep.  Usually the relationship will improve too!

Not-so-good side effects.

Some unwanted side effects can occur with the Snorer’s Friend™.  Usually these are not serious and don’t last for more than 2 weeks.  There is more detail on the instructions included with the device, but reported side effects include :

  1. a sore jaw joint (temporomandibular joint),
  2. sore teeth and gradual tooth movement,
  3. gum problems and
  4. excessive salivation.