June 14, 2017
Common (Non-Oral Device) Remedies for Sleep Issues
Whether its snoring or another sleep issue that’s got you struggling to get a good night’s sleep, there are several options to consider that may bring you some relief. As with any treatment, the effectiveness of each option will be determined by the root of your specific issue.
Nose cones are a common over-the-counter solution to snoring and sinus problems that affect your ability to breathe while sleeping. Cones are typically made of soft rubber or plastic. They are inserted just inside the nostril to maintain an open passageway in the nose.
While some people find snoring and breathing relief using cones, common issues include:
- Cones falling out easily during the night
- For most people, snoring isn’t caused by nasal congestion or blockage, but rather, obstruction in the throat. When the source of snoring is in the throat, nose cones will not help in reducing or stopping it.
Nasal strips are adhesive bandages that are placed on the nose with an end on each nostril. The resistance caused by the adhesive on the strip keeps the nostrils open during sleep, reducing breathing problems caused by nasal blockage.
As is the case with nose cones, the effectiveness of nose strips depends on the source of breathing or snoring problems. Additionally, oily skin can affect the adhesiveness of the bandages, and anyone with sensitivity to adhesive will want to try an alternative option.
Supplements can be an effective solution for minor sleep problems; however, supplements should only be taken under the direction of a doctor or physician.
- Diphenhydramine and Doxylamine Succinate – These are antihistamines with sleep inducing properties that are most commonly used in Benadryl and other allergy medications. Both are also found in over-the-counter sleep medications, such as Unisom and Tylenol PM, that are used to treat sleep issues.
- Melatonin – A hormone that controls the sleep-wake cycle. Melatonin is made naturally in the brain by the pineal gland, but many people have found that melatonin supplements are useful for treating sleep problems or difficulties.
- Valerian – A plant whose root has sedative effects. Supplements can be found in capsule or tea form. Studies assessing valerian’s effectiveness have varying results.
There are various prescription medications on the market that treat sleep conditions and disorders. All require a doctor’s visit to determine diagnosis and prescription recommendation.
When determining whether prescription medication is the right treatment for a sleep issue, a wide array of side effects, such as those listed below, should be considered.
- Daytime sleepiness
- Dizziness or unsteadiness
- Falling asleep while driving
- Memory lapses
When dealing with any sleep issue, it is advisable to consult your doctor prior to beginning any treatment–over-the-counter or otherwise. Proper diagnosis is fundamental to finding an effective treatment option.
If you have persistent snoring, or diagnosed or suspected sleep apnea, an oral device available through Sleep Dallas is a highly effective, non-invasive treatment option. Devices are custom-fit and specially calibrated for the wearer to maximize relief.