A Good Morning Snore Solution device was provided to facilitate this review; however, all opinions are my own.

When it comes to snoring, men take the brunt of the jokes. But while it’s believed that more men snore than women, many of the causes of snoring aren’t dependent on gender. Like your weight for instance. Being overweight makes both men and women more prone to snoring. As does having heart disease, high blood pressure, nasal polyps, a too large uvula (that weird piece of skin that hangs in the back of your throat), a deviated septum, or a smoking habit. Even the medication you take for other conditions can lead to a dry nasal passageway which can result in snoring.

But before you try to diagnose what the cause of your snoring is, see your physician. She’ll likely schedule you for a sleep test which can confirm or rule out issues such as sleep apnea, a deviated septum or too large a uvula, and make recommendations to remedy them.

Self-help Options for Snoring

Once you have your diagnosis of simple snoring, there are things you can do to help.  For instance, you can lose weight, quit smoking, and make a habit of blowing your nose before bedtime. Also, avoid fatty foods and alcohol before bedtime and substitute sleep-friendly options like almonds, bananas, and cherries for a bedtime snack. You can even try raising the head of your bed a few inches (like many people who suffer from gastrointestinal issues do) with a foam wedge pillow or try side sleeping if you are currently a back or stomach sleeper. You can use a compression bandage to strap a tennis ball to your midsection before going to bed to make it uncomfortable for you to sleep in your normal position.

Medical Help for Snoring; Better Sleep, Better You

But if you’ve seen your doctor and tried all the self-help options above, it may be time for some medical intervention, and that usually comes in the form of an oral appliance. There are several types of mouthpieces available, but the one that I tried recently and so far the only mouthpiece I’ve tried is the Good Morning Snore Solution (GMSS).  It’s been cleared by Health Canada, European Environment Agency (EEA), and the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) as a class I medical device available without a prescription for the treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea and snoring. In the U.S., the Good Morning Snore Solution has been cleared by the  FDA (US Food & Drug Administration) as a class II medical device available for the treatment of snoring the U.S. by prescription. Plus, it’s been medically tested, is BPA-free, and has a 90-day money-back guarantee.

What’s different about the Good Morning Snore Solution is it isn’t a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) or Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS) worn inside the mouth to push the lower jaw forward to open up the airway. The GMSS is a Tongue Stabilizing Device (TSD) which pulls your tongue forward resulting in an open airway.

While MAD, MAS, and TSD all have been shown in studies to be effective, there are times when a TSD is the better option*. For example, people with an exaggerated gag reflex will find a TSD more comfortable and less likely to cause gagging because the TSD is placed between the lips and teeth with the bulb protruding between the teeth. It can also be worn by denture wearers. The GMSS can also be used in the place of a night guard and, it can be used as a temporary or vacation option for a CPAP.

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My Snoring Story & My Good Morning Snore Solution Trial

Snoring has been a part of my life from my earliest childhood memories. My father was famous for his loud snoring. So loud, that he could be heard throughout the house – a handy tool for teenagers waiting for the coast to be clear to start teen shenanigans.

When I married, I found my husband snored as well, but he’s a polite snorer. He wakes himself when he snores and apologizes by saying, “Sorry, sorry.” It’s so cute.

And then there is my snoring. For years it was nothing more than mumbling in my sleep, but it progressed to full conversations complete with flailing arms and legs. Annoying yes, but not actual snoring. But my late 40’s and perimenopause arrived simultaneously, and I became what I call a whisper snorer. It’s a soft snoring sound that sounds like – pfffffft…pffffffft.  By the time I hit full menopause, I was a full-on, full-time snorer. It’s one of those menopause symptoms you don’t hear about. It’s caused by the same changes in your muscles that can cause incontinence and other issues.

My snoring has gotten so loud that some mornings I wake up to find my husband gone. When it’s unbearable, he retreats into the quiet basement bedroom. I hate that he leaves our bed because of me, so I’ve been looking for ways to curb my snoring for his sake and mine.

Since I have an exaggerated gag reflex, a TSD was my only option. The first thing you’ll notice when you open your GMSS is instructions from the company to keep trying and solutions for working up to a full night with the device. That’s because it can take some getting used to the tip of your tongue being suctioned into place.

Use the help provided in the GMSS instructions and their website to get used to the device – they have many great suggestions. If you just can’t make it work for you, you do have the Good Morning Snore Solution 90-Day, 100% Satisfaction Guarantee to fall back on. You won’t be refunded your original shipping and handling, but you will be refunded the purchase price.

Did the Good Morning Snore Solution Work for Me?

Sadly, not yet. My exaggerated gag reflex is so intense that I often have trouble keeping it in my mouth. I still have some irritation on the end of my tongue – much like when you burn it on a hot drink – but the company explains that this is normal and should go away after a while.  I also found my two front teeth seem to bite down hard on my tongue while in the device –  I’ve not been able to figure out why and there was nothing between my teeth and my tongue to buffer it.

Still, even though the GMSS hasn’t been an instant success for me, I understand the concept and have read two different studies that show the TSD and the MAD (MAS) work equally well*. I know that for many, this could be the recipe to stop snoring, start living and I haven’t given up yet! I’ll keep trying as the manufacturer says it can take 4- to 6-weeks to get used to the device.

Learn more at http://StopSnoringStartLiving.com

*Sources:

Lazard DS; Blumen M; Lévy P; Chauvin P; Fragny D; Buchet I; Chabolle F. The tongue-retaining device: efficacy and side effects in obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. J Clin Sleep Med 2009;5(5):431-438.

Deane SA; Cistulli PA; Ng AT; Zeng B; Petocz P; Darendeliler MA. Comparison of mandibular advancement splint and tongue stabilizing device in obstructive sleep apnea: a randomized controlled trial. SLEEP 2009;32(5):648-653.