Stop Snoring By Hypnosis

Stop Snoring By HypnosisWhen desperate, people can turn to some pretty unique ways to solve their problems. Besides using many of the anti snoring products out there, one unconventional way to stop snoring is through hypnosis. It is somewhat well known that hypnosis can help people when they want to stop smoking, but when it comes to snoring, not a lot of people think of it first.

Hypnotherapy Can Work (But Not In All Cases)

Hypnotherapy must be done by a professional if the snorer wants to reach desirable change of behavior or attitude. But, how can it help with snoring? Well, according to a rather interesting study from the Royal Society of Medicine in the UK,  “direct suggestion under hypnosis was used so that the patient would immediately turn on his side when snoring at night. This led to a reduction in the intensity and duration of the snoring response.” (see the reference from the US National Library Of Medicine here). This leads one to suspect that hypnotherapy can be used in other ways as well. Another compelling example might be hypnotherapy used on the snorer’s partner so that he or she learns to ignore the snoring sound, no matter how loud it is.

Hypnotherapy has been shown to effectively treat different conditions, such as alcoholism, phobias and overeating, but it is important to note that the technique does not work for everyone. In fact, there are many cases where hours and hours of hypnotherapy simply does not work. At all. And in today’s economy, people usually do not want to spend hours of their time as well as hundreds of dollars for something they can’t even be sure will work. This is why so many people end up purchasing snoring mouthpieces instead. Mouthpiece designers, if they are legitimate companies making well designed products (like the GMSS, SnoreRX and ZQuiet), usually have rather large clinical trials to back up their claims. Hypnotherapists, as of yet, have not shown evidence to this degree.

Magnetic Therapy: Really?

Magnetic therapy has existed for centuries, and is a somewhat controversial part of Indian and Chinese alternative medicines. This approach is usually used for pain relief, especially for ankle, back, shoulder or knee issues. It also has been claimed in the past to be able to help if someone has trouble sleeping, and may even be effective for treating serious disorders, such as OCD. Magnetic therapy for snoring, as of this writing, seems to be contested, if not totally ineffective. This article from PubMed.gov, in fact, suggests it’s absolutely ineffective.

But, since we’re writing about this, we will note that there are three main magnetic therapy products used for snoring treatments. Magnetic pillows are supposed to improve the blood flow, and relax the muscles in the neck area. Magnetic snoring rings actually use acupressure, so they target particular points on fingers. Magnetic nose clips, meanwhile, claim to press the nasal septum in order to provide normalized airflow.

To be frank, we have seen a lot of anti snoring products on the market, and scientists and doctors seem to have little positive to say about magnetic therapy for sleep apnea or snoring issues. As a result, we DO NOT RECOMMEND THEM.

Magnetic therapy devices are often more expensive than other anti snoring products, and their efficacy is untested at best, and at worst, are a giant ripoff.

Snoring Or Sleep Apnea?

Snoring can be addressed by a few critical lifestyle changes that eliminate the need for experimental therapies like the ones listed above. The key causes of non-sleep apnea derived snoring includes weight gain, heavy meals, too much alcohol, and a very sedentary lifestyle. Mouthpieces tend to be immediately effective, in that you can use an anti snoring device tonight and stop snoring immediately. Lifestyle changes are not immediate and take a lot of work, which is another reason again why these mouthpieces are so popular.

On the other hand, if you have doctor-diagnosed sleep apnea, you may have an issue that is beyond the scope of a simple mouth guard. Serious sleep apnea or obstructive apnea is caused by collapsed soft tissue that can block the airway. This can cause not only snoring, but choking in some serious cases, so it is usually recommended a patient undergo a polysomnogram, also known as a “sleep test” that will allow a sleep specialist to observe throat muscle activity and sleep patterns during the night. Some dangerous symptoms for this more severe diagnosis may include loud snoring, long pauses in breathing, insomnia, depression, as well as severe fatigue. In many cases, however, these severe conditions must be treated through surgery, such as jaw repositioning, tissue removal and even implants.

If you suspect you have severe sleep apnea, “alternative therapies” will definitely not be helpful, and you should see a doctor before you consider a mouthpiece. The American Sleep Apnea Association has some great sleep apnea self diagnosis tests here.

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