When people say there are a lot of things out there on the market that are designed to help you stop snoring, they aren’t kidding. There are a lot of interesting and strange devices that have been developed to combat this sleep-killer. If you or someone you share your house with snores you definitely understand the disruption snoring can cause on your home.
There are a variety of reasons for snoring but the major culprit is the fact that the muscles in your mouth and throat over-relax and can cause the irritating sound. Your tongue may be too relaxed while you sleep which can cause it to fall to the back of your mouth and cut off your airway. This coupled with the muscles in your actual airway relaxing too much and loosening and you’ve got a recipe for super snoring.
If you start looking into devices to help you stop snoring you are going to come across a plethora of interesting things. There are nasal strips and cones, a strap that is designed to basically keep your mouth completely closed, a ring and a wristband. These are some of the odd-ball devices you will find along with the more streamlined and readily accepted mouthpieces that are out there.
We’re going to talk about one of the more unique devices which is the wristband. Depending on which particular brand you go with this device can vary in size but is generally the size of a modern smartphone that you strap to your wrist. There are some that are smaller, but again that depends on which particular one you purchase.
The idea behind the wristband is pretty simple: it shocks you while you sleep. That’s right, this device that you are going to willingly strap to your body is going to send small electrical shocks into your body to keep you from snoring. Different devices will track how you sleep in different ways. For example some wristbands are equipped with a small microphone and if it detects you snoring, it will shock you. Some of them are equipped with sensors that are supposed to monitor your sleeping habits and when you snore, it shocks you.
The shocks are not meant to be painful nor are they meant to actually wake you up. They are designed to disturb you just enough that you change your sleeping position. This is supposed to be in place of your spouse or someone else in your house from having to come over and jab you in the ribs with an elbow or roughly shake you by the shoulder.
While the device is meant to be marketed to everyone the only caution you should exercise is understanding your own reaction when you are suddenly startled. Do you punch or kick? Do you yell? If you have a physical reaction when someone tries to wake you this device is really not recommended. You might start swinging like a boxer in your sleep and probably give yourself a black eye. As well, since these are electrical shocks we are talking about you’ll want to understand your own pain threshold. If you are sensitive to pain you may actually find that these shocks hurt you and that’s definitely not the route you want to go. On the flip side, if you have an extremely high pain threshold there is always the chance that you will not notice the shocks at all and then nothing will happen aside from more snoring.
While the wristband is definitely one of the more unique and interesting devices on the market it is one that may not work for everyone. Thankfully the majority of the producers of this product allow a 30-day return in case it doesn’t work for you.