The Sleepright Nasal Breathe Aid seemed like a good plan when I read about them.
It was not a typical anti-snoring solution, I decided to try out my first pack, and this is what I found.
The Technical Stuff
The purpose of Sleepright Nasal Breathe Aids is to keep your nasal passages open.
Closed—or partially collapsed—airways are some of the main reasons for people’s snoring:
- When air is forced through narrow nasal passages snoring noises occur.
- With blocked nasal passages the air may be forced back into the throat cavity to exit through your mouth. However, if the throat is also partially closed, you’ll hear the loud rumbling of snoring when the air passes through.
Sleepright’s solution is to keep your nose open with nasal flares. These flexible flares are inserted into your nose and meant to keep the passages open right through the night.
They are flexible enough so that they’re comfortable, but strong enough to support the nasal passages and create better airflow.
They fit against the insides of your airways, and they’re connected by a small bridge you can use to pull them out each morning.
How It Works
Most consumers say it takes a few tries to get the hang of inserting them, but I found it to be pretty straightforward:
- Clear your nose of any mucus or obstructions.
- Hold the flares by the small bridge with one hand.
- Curl the two flares’ ends inward, so you can fit them inside your nostrils. You can do one after the other with your forefinger or use your forefinger and thumb to do both at the same time.
- Let them rest against the walls of your nostrils and push them inside until the bridge prevents them from going any further.
Taking them out is even easier: Just pull on the bridge.
There’s a good chance the flares will be covered in mucus when you extract them, so always keep a cloth at hand or do this over the sink.
Warm water is good enough for cleaning, but I kept cleaning agents on hand, so I can make them hygienic for the next time I use them.
This may require more effort than using disposable products, but they’re not hard to clean.
How Is It Different?
Of course, they do about the same job many nasal strips do, right?
Yes and no. The differences between the methods make these a more attractive option to me for many reasons:
- You don’t waste time on preparing the device before you can use it
- Reusable feature saves you money
- With no chemicals used it can’t cause side effects
- It won’t leave marks on your face
- Nasal strips can be ruined after a faulty application, while these can simply be re-inserted
- You have less chance of pulling them out during the night since such a small piece of it is visible
- These differences impact your budget, your time and the effort needed to counter snoring.
The downsides are that they take more time to get used to, but for me, that was a minor inconvenience.
My Personal Experience
I love that this solution gave me immediate results. Yes, I had to get used to the feeling of having something in my nostrils, but at least I could experience the effect on that first night. With some breathing strips and anti-snoring devices, snoring only dissipates after you’re used to wearing it and learned a new way of breathing.
Here’s the conundrum. These may work very well to limit your snoring, but they’re not the most comfortable aids on the market. Nasal strips on the outside of your nose usually cause less discomfort, prompting consumers rather to use them than go through a trial and adjustment period with these Sleepright products.
But when my Smartphone app confirmed that I got more sleep and made less noise that first night it was enough motivation. I pushed through and kept on wearing them until they didn’t feel so unfamiliar anymore.
It’s going to be up to you whether you’re willing to do the same. For me, I’m after a practical solution, so I was motivated to make this work. It took a while to get used to, but now I think these nasal cones could be a viable solution to stop snoring.
What do Consumers Say?
While general feedback is positive, it’s one of those anti snoring remedies that only work for a certain niche.
One group that probably won’t use this is people with very small nostrils. The nose clip is simply too big for some people. They won’t fit and cause you some discomfort (even pain).
But for those people finding them effective, the effects are usually instantaneous. Many partners report that snoring stopped—or was at least reduced—since the first night the flares were used.
They mostly work for light snorers, but also those plagued by allergies, so they’re versatile in application.
I think you can always keep these as backup options for when you’re in circumstances where those devices aren’t appropriate. With the carry case supplied these may be easier to pack for travel than some larger anti-snoring solutions.
You’ll pay $6.99 for one breathing aid if you order online. This is an acceptable price, but remember you’ll need a new one about every two weeks even though they’re reusable. Make sure this fits into your budget, otherwise it’s not a viable option.
Multipacks are available. The first multipack is a 30-day supply, priced at $9.99; buying this one will already save you about $4. The largest pack is a 45-day supply, these contain three units, and many users say theirs last for more than the recommended time period.
These packs are available for $12.99 from the manufacturer’s website which works out much cheaper per unit. However, I will advise testing it out first (with the single pack) because they work for such a unique niche only.
Unfortunately, this is another anti-snoring product with no guarantee or warranty. It explicitly states on their website “The SleepRight Intra-Nasal Breathe Aid is non-returnable for a refund.”
You’ll be able to purchase the product from selected pharmacies as well, and you may want to keep an eye on the Sleepright website, as the manufacturer offers discounts there.
There’s only one size available, and this fits most people’s noses. You won’t have to spend money buying more than one product simply to find the right size.
However, I don’t think they beat MAD or TSD devices; which also have been proven in clinical studies to be more effective. But because they’re easy to clean and don’t irritate skin, they’re low maintenance solutions.
They can be a good option for snorers who are unable to breathe through their nose during the night. I found when my allergies or nasal passages were clogged, they did make it easier to breathe.
Best of all: They’re mostly invisible when inserted. I would give them a try, but they are not the best option on the market.
Official website: www.sleepright.com