Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Stop Snoring Proactively? Try SnooZeal

It's a straight up fact: currently, there is really no particular solution that remedies snoring as well as snoring mouthpieces. I'm talking about none. Yes, there is CPAP, and that can be effective despite its overall awkwardness, cost and just frankly difficulties. But if you're like most people, a CPAP machine is just not going to cut it - there is really very little debate about this.

snoozealSo, in terms of snoring mouthpieces that are fantastic and have been proven over and over again to really halt the symptoms of snoring, you're really not going to get much better than the SnoreRX (, a MAD mouthpiece with the kind of precision most others dream of, and of course, the Good Morning Snore Solution (, the TMJ go-to mouthpiece for anyone with a snoring issue. The latter, of course, allows you to use it even if you have dentures, something that is not the case for MAD mouthpieces.

The Key Negative Of These Mouthpieces

Alright, alright. Well, there are different devices for different people, that's for sure. And some people simply do not like sleeping with something in their mouth. It's just a fact. But for many people out there, the mouthpieces above, along with a few others reviewed on our site are absolutely effective and comfortable to roll with.

But your main issue with a snoring mouth guard of any kind? It has to be worn. Like every night. So, until you take a look at a more major way of solving your snoring issues, like perhaps losing a ton of weight or even committing to a serious snoring surgery, you will have to wear your mouthpiece if you want to stop the log sawing.

But what if you could address your snoring problem at its foundation: by tackling the tongue. The SnooZeal does this, and you don't wear it as you sleep; instead, it zaps the snoring out of you, according to

The SnooZeal product consists of a mouth piece that places electrodes above and below the tongue, a control unit that connects to the mouthpiece, a remote control, and a smartphone app. It works by electrically stimulating the tongue to give it a workout and keep it from completely relaxing and collapsing during the night.

The SnooZeal is not actually used during sleep, but indicated to be placed in the mouth twice a day for a period of six weeks. This essentially physically trains the tongue muscle and helps to keep it at least partially contracted even at night.

The device can be controlled either via the remote or through the accompanying smartphone app.


Er, working out your tongue? Is that a thing? Yes, claims the SnooZeal site itself:

The remote control or App activates electrodes in the mouthpiece, which stimulate the tongue muscles, effectively giving them a “work out”. The wireless system removes the need for wires going to the mouth.

The Smart App allows you to monitor how often you have used the device, when, and most importantly, how your snoring has changed over the period by monitoring your snoring levels at night.

SnooZeal offers four programs for different types of toning improvements to the tongue muscle function.
It can be used anytime, anywhere, in any personal environment – watching television or whilst doing almost anything around the house.

Er, OK. Giving your tongue a "workout", eh? Now, the cynic in us wonders if this is a lot like those "electric ab belts" that are supposed to zap you into full on South-Beach-style six pack abs. As in, some hype, kind of cool as a concept, but frankly not useful at all. Possibly even a scam.

But, this is just speculation, of course. The SnooZeal may in fact work. Their website does not really display any particular way to order the product, so this may in fact just be a beta-style product. There is nothing on the site in terms of clinical trials, or really anything about how you can actually buy a SnooZeal for yourself!

And still, we have to commend the SnooZeal folks for attempting to attack the obstructive sleep apnea problem at its source: your tongue. If this product is more than just vaporware, it does have the real possibility of changing lives!

The blog post Stop Snoring Proactively? Try SnooZeal was originally published to TSMR Blog


Tuesday, 15 November 2016

TMJ Sufferers – There Is Help For Your Sleep Apnea

If you have an issue with TMJ, or your temporomanibular joint, life can be very difficult. Pain and discomfort for a person with TMJ problems can be immense - and not just in the facial and jaw areas - sometimes it can affect the entire body! Some of the common symptoms of a TMJ problem can include problems eating, limited jaw movement and ringing in the ears.

tmj-disorderObviously, when you are dealing with a TMJ issue, sleeping can sometimes be a problem. But when you not only have a TMJ issue, but obstructive sleep apnea, it can be a virtual nightmare, at least according to Dr. Mark Duncan, writing for the Huffington Post:

We have all seen the images of tools used to manage sleep apnea that require sufferers to sleep with a CPAP mask, making them look like a super villain or scuba diver. However, obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially serious condition. Sufferers experience obstructed airflow and stop breathing repeatedly during sleep, sometimes for a minute or even longer. This may happen from five times an hour to more than 100 in severe cases. The body is damaged by only 5 of these episodes an hour, and as we learn more, it appears that even minor episodes can cause chronic damage.

When breathing stops, the brain reacts to the situation by producing a rush of adrenalin which in turn quickens the heartbeat. Muscles in the chest then work to resume airflow and the person gasps for a breath and falls back asleep. This scenario is then repeated multiple times during the same night while the person never realizes what is occurring. That’s because they never really “wake up” but only experience a short pause in sleep. This pause destroys the normal sleep cycle cascade which is critically important to health and brain function.

The really difficult point comes as this: when you have TMJ issues, the likelihood of you being able to use a Mandibular Advancement Device or MAD, mouthpiece like the SnoreRX (reviewed here) or the VitalSleep is practically zero. When your jaw is misaligned, trying to force it somewhere that it shouldn't be can be not only painful, but absolutely dangerous.

What's crazy about TMJ issues is that in some cases, according to Dr. Duncan, sleep apnea can actually be CAUSED by a misaligned jaw joint:

More and more studies are showing a connection between TMD and sleep disturbances. In many sleep apnea cases, a misaligned jaw joint or TMJD, is actually to blame. This is because the tongue’s position is impacted by the alignment of the upper and lower teeth. When the teeth are misaligned, the tongue can block the airway as you sleep. This problem with the jaw alignment or malocclusion can cause a person to wake up frequently throughout the night.


So we have a problem. What do you do when you have a jaw problem that makes the most cost effective way to fight your snoring, a mouthpiece, practically unusable? Well, fortunately, thanks to the Good Morning Snore Solution (, you just have to change your mouthpiece to a different kind.

Yes, because the Good Morning Snore Solution, or GMSS, does not actually alter the position of the jaw, TMJ users can actually use it. One of the key problems for most MAD snoring mouthpieces is that they tend to "lock" the jaw in place, or at least keep it from moving so that it does not slide back and cause blockage around the epiglottis in the throat. The GMSS is a tongue stabilizing device, meaning it focuses on holding the tongue forward so that it will not slip backwards into the throat.

The GMSS relies on suction from the mouth, working much like a baby soother, and does not require any kind of bite-down in order to function. Instead, as a tongue retaining mouthpiece (and one of the few readily available ones on the market), it focuses on maintaining tongue positioning. This means that a person with TMJ problems can actually let their jaw move naturally, which ensures the most pain-free scenario. This is also the reason why the Good Morning Snore Solution tends to work so well for people with dentures: there is simply no bite down to speak of.

Obviously, finding out that TMJ is not only related to, but may in fact cause snoring and sleep apnea, can be quite shocking for some people. But, that doesn't mean that you cannot address the key, and most dangerous part of the equation: the sleep apnea. And the best way, at least in terms of anti snoring mouth guards, tends to be the Good Morning Snore Solution.

The blog article TMJ Sufferers – There Is Help For Your Sleep Apnea was originally seen on The Snoring Mouthpiece Review Blog


Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Need Snoring Help? Don’t Ask GQ

It's always a bit strange when a big publication chimes in on a subject they don't normally approach. But, variety is the spice of life, after all, and magazines are dying all around us. So why not approach the difficult topic of stopping snoring, right? At least this is the thought of the GQ publication: it's obviously an important thumbs-down-gqtopic, as more people snore than voted for Donald Trump - so why not put a hat into the ring? Why not help out the readers that are sawing logs and waking up wondering if they got any sleep at all last night?

And one would think the information would be better, but as expected, it's a little fluffy, even for GQ's 10 Ways To Stop Snoring. I mean:

2. Sleep on your side.
Air turbulence is generally the fault of the soft tissue in the roof of your mouth, uvula (the flappy droopy thing), and pharynx (the back of your throat). If you sleep on your back, gravity pulls all these things south. Side-sleepers have a better chance of avoiding this problem. To train yourself sideways, pick up something called a wedge pillow. There are also shirts with tennis balls on the backs, to make rolling that way super-uncomfortable.

Isn't really what I would call, ahem, really mind-blowing advice for snorers. Let's be real... our mothers have told us this for years. "Sleep on your side, and all will be fine." Hilariously, the link they include is to buy a pillow. My thoughts on this are here. Now, let's be honest. If you are reading this article, you probably understand that sleeping on your side ain't no solution at all. Why not try sleeping upside down? At least that sounds plausible and new (if absurd).

Oh, but the sages at GQ are not done. They have more mind bending research:

6. Free your nasal passages.
Especially if you're sacked with seasonal allergies. Take a pre-bed hot shower, for the steam. Squirt in some saline. (This is also achievable through a device called a " neti pot," which is a traditional Chinese phrase meaning "fire water into your nose twice a week." "It's a very odd experience," says Breus, underselling it, "but it irrigates things.") You can also try nasal steroids like Flonase and Nasonex, but be aware they take 7 to 10 days to take effect.

Yep. They went there. It's important that everyone take a moment to soak the previous passage in. Now, it's also important to remember that in most cases, snoring HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH your nasal passages. Absolutely nothing. Like, nada.

If people snore daily, it is very unlikely to be a "congestion problem". I write about nasal snoring here, but do understand that it is nowhere near the main problem for most snorers.  Hell, even the American Rhinologic Association doesn't seem to be very passionate that snoring is mainly nasal. But, is there perhaps some kind of motivation why GQ would even mention nasal congestion as a snoring cause? Well, our answer does come in the form of...

7. Paste hilarious-looking strips on your face. Yeah they look silly, but do you want to quit snoring or not? Breus warns, though, many people apply breathing strips too high. "Take your thumb and forefinger, and start at the bridge of your nose. Breathe in, and slide the strip down, stopping right where your nostrils flare out." They don't always work, but there's no harm in trying.

Oh yeah. They went there. Breathing strips. The statement "they don't always work, but no harm in trying" does portray exactly how confident the writer is about their effectiveness, and again, it's rather weak advice. Snoring is not a result of nasal congestion for most people! Not sure there are other ways to say this! I mean, this was a pretty tough article in general. It isn't until the final "way to stop snoring" that GQ hits the mark, and even then, it's fairly wishy washy:

10. If none of these things work... ...and they might not, your next move is to hit up an ENT (or an otolaryngologist if you're all fancy). He/she might suggest a dental device that pulls your jaw slightly forward forward, or a bite-device like you'd use in flag football.

ZQuietOk. Wow. Let me just say that there is no reason to see an otolaryngologist if you want to buy a mouthpiece like our recommended MAD, the ZQuiet (which we have no complaints about), or even the Good Morning Snore Solution TSD, which avoids all of the negative symptoms a jaw advancing mouthpiece can produce for some people. If you have an amazing health insurance plan and a few hours to spare, yes, you can see a specialist. But is it truly necessary for most snorers? No!

Why wait a couple of months for an appointment with an expensive specialist when you can address your problem right now? All of the most respected mouthpieces have 30 day guarantees, and are going to be cheaper than a specialist. What's more, a solid mouthpiece can actually solve your snoring problem starting today!

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When you're looking to overhaul the engine in your car, you're probably not going to pick up a copy of Good Housekeeping for some guidance. Building a deck? You'll probably want to avoid Motor Trend magazine. Looking for a good local restaurant? You ain't going to find your answer in a copy of Men's Health.

So yes, if you need to stop snoring sooner and not later, you'll probably want to put down that copy of GQ. There are a lot of things that this classic publication is good at... It just so happens that solving your snoring issue is not one of those things.

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