Commercial Snoring Aids Put to the Test
Study Casts Doubt on Effectiveness of Commercial Snoring Treatments
Snoring's More Than Just Noise
But experts say the bigger issue is that snoring is more than
just noise and can often be a sign of a more serious sleep disorder, such as
obstructive sleep apnea or breathing interruptions during sleep. Sleep apnea is
often associated with high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
"If patients simply self-treat themselves with these
products, they may be getting a false sense of security and actually be doing
more harm than good," says Alon Y. Avidan, MD, MPH, director of the Sleep
Disorders Clinic at the University of Michigan Medical Center.
"The point is that people need to look at these products
carefully. In some patients, these products may be appropriate, but they should
always consult their family practitioner or primary care provider to be
evaluated," says Avidan. "When we hear about snoring and sleepiness, we
tend to worry that the patient may have much more than just snoring. They may
not be aware that they have sleep apnea, and untreated sleep apnea can have
devastating medical consequences."
Michaelson agrees and says there are more than 300 patents for
snoring aids that are not currently regulated by the FDA. He says this is only
the first study to compare these commercial snoring treatments and that more
study is needed to evaluate the effectiveness as well as safety of these