Frequently Asked Questions about Snoring & Sleep Apnea

How do NoseWings work?

NoseWings work by using the repellent force of strong permanent magnets to widen the nasal airways, thereby making nasal breathing more natural.

Are NoseWings effective?
Yes! NoseWings have proven their effectiveness during extensive clinical testing. There are currently several nasal dilators on the market which can increase nasal breathing to a
certain degree by increasing the distance between the left and right nasal sidewalls and or wing of the nose. However, NoseWings are far superior in terms of efficacy, comfort and durability.

Do NoseWings prevent snoring?
Snoring occurs when inhaled air cannot pass freely through the upper airways, causing vibration of the tissues and muscles in the soft palate and throat. Many factors can cause or contribute to snoring, and a blocked nose is frequently one of them. When this is the case, NoseWings can often reduce or eliminate snoring. However, the extent to which NoseWings are effective will depend on the relative importance of other causes apart from a blocked nose contributing to snoring.

What are the benefits of using NoseWings while practising yoga?
Nasal breathing yields a wealth of benefits. The air inhaled through the nostrils become moistened by the nasal passages, and this moistened air is then better received by the bronchial passages and lungs. The extra time it takes for the air to flow through the nasal passage warms the air further preparing the air for the lungs. The inner lining of the nose contains hairs which assist in removing airborne particles and other foreign matter which can be undesirable for the lungs. Breathing through the nose encourages a slower, more focused breathing so that we can establish a more profound inner gaze and meditative state while performing yoga postures, lying in relaxation or simply enjoying time in meditation.

Can NoseWings be used while exercising?
Yes. NoseWings increases nasal breathing which drives oxygen more efficiently into the lower lobes of the lungs compared to mouth breathing. The lower lobes of the lungs have
the ability to perfuse more CO2 out of the body more efficiently than the upper lobes, which in turn shortens recovery times and increase endurance. Furthermore, nose breathing while exercising can lower the heart rate and breath rate.

Do Nosewings fit on every nose?
Extensive clinical testing and remodelling have led to the final design that fits almost every adult nose. They are pre-formed to fit the majority of people with little to no adjustment. NoseWings can be adjusted by widening, narrowing or changing their curvature to find the perfect fit for almost any shape of nose. However, in some people with very small noses they might not fit.

Are NoseWings comfortable?
Yes! Optimal comfort was one of the main goals while developing NoseWings and is one of the main advantages compared to other nasal dilators. While they might take a little getting used to, after a short time you will barely notice that you are wearing them anymore. They are made of a soft medical-grade polymer and only are in contact with the wings of the nose and not with the much more sensitive nasal septum. Also, they don’t use any adhesive material that may cause skin irritation.

Are NoseWings reusable?
Yes! With proper care, they can be used indefinitely. The repellent magnetic force of the magnets is permanent, and the metal frames and polymer coating are incredibly durable. So unlike external nasal strips, they are not single-use only, and unlike internal nasal dilators, they do not lose their effectiveness over time.

What is necessary to guarantee a maximal length of use?
Don’t lose them! To minimize that chance, we advise you to always use the container when you are not wearing them.

What care is necessary?
Apart from regular cleaning with a soft detergent such as washing up liquid, no special care is required.

When I go to bed wearing NoseWings, I find it much easier to breathe through my nose and have no trouble falling asleep with my mouth closed. However, when I wake up, I sometimes notice one nostril is blocked (whereas before they often both were blocked). When I use NoseWings while running of yoga, this doesn’t happen. How can this be explained?
When you lie down the mucosal lining in the nasal airways may swell, thereby causing congestion and reduced nasal airflow. This occurs mainly at the level of the inferior
turbinates, and usually more so on the side, you lie on. This is called postural nasal congestion and is often more frequently noticed in people with allergies and/or a deviated
nasal septum. So, while NoseWings widen the nasal passages at the level of the nasal valves, thereby greatly increasing the amount of inhaled air that can flow through the nasal
airways, this effect may be partially reduced due to nasal congestion. If you find this is the case, we would advise seeing an ENT specialist and discuss other options available to reduce nasal congestion.

What is the most common reason for snoring?
Snoring can be caused by several factors, such as the anatomy of your mouth and sinuses, alcohol consumption, allergies, a cold, and your weight. When you doze off and progress from a light sleep to a deep sleep, the muscles in the roof of your mouth (soft palate), tongue and throat, relax, causing vibration of the tissues and muscles in the soft palate and throat.


Does stress cause snoring?
Stress, increased muscle tension and misalignment of the teeth can put stress on the jaw joints and can cause pain but grinding the teeth at night can also force the tongue back into the throat and narrow the airway during sleep. This can result in snoring as well as sleep disruption.


Why did I suddenly start snoring?
Why have I suddenly started snoring? Alcohol consumption, sleep deprivation and a misaligned jaw are reasons for a sudden onset of snoring. Depressants like alcohol and some medications cause your muscles to relax during sleep. … This will cause an obstruction in the throat airway and result in a surprising snore.


Can mucus in throat cause snoring?
Sinus and Nasal Congestion: When airways are blocked with mucus, that makes breathing difficult, which causes snoring. Being Overweight: Poor muscle tone and fatty tissue around the neck and throat can lead to snoring. Smoking, Alcohol, and Medications: These can all increase muscle relaxation, leading to snoring.


Do skinny people snore?
Being overweight increases fat around the neck, compressing and narrowing the throat. But thin people do snore too, and many who are overweight do not. … Enlarged tonsils narrow the airway, and are a primary cause of snoring in children.


Why do you snore when you gain weight?
“If you gain weight around your neck, it squeezes the internal diameter of the throat, making it more likely to collapse during sleep, triggering snoring.

What causes snoring in females?
Obesity, Pregnancy and Genetic Factors. Extra tissue in the throat can vibrate as you breathe in air in your sleep, causing you to snore. …

Allergies, congestion, and certain nasal structures. …
Alcohol, smoking, aging and certain drugs and medications, including muscle relaxants.



How can I stop snoring?

1. Lose weight if you are overweight.
2. Sleep on your side.
3. Raise up the head of your bed.
4. Use nasal strips or an external nasal dilator.
5. Treat chronic allergies.
6. Correct structural problems in your nose.
7. Limit or avoid alcohol before bed.
8. Avoid taking sedatives before bed.
9. Stop smoking.
10. Get enough sleep.
11. Use an oral appliance.
12. Use a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine.
13. Wear palatal implants.
14. Get UPPP (uvulopalatopharyngoplasty).
15. Radiofrequency tissue ablation (somnoplasty).


How much weight do I need to lose to stop snoring?

In a study of 20 asymptomatic obese men who snored heavily, a significant reduction in snoring was associated with an average weight loss of just 6.6 pounds. In those who lost more weight — an average of 16.7 pounds — snoring was eliminated.


How can I stop snoring so loudly?
To prevent or quiet snoring, try these tips:

  • If you’re overweight, lose weight.
  • Sleep on your side.
  • Raise the head of your bed.
  • Nasal strips or an external nasal dilator.
  • Treat nasal congestion or obstruction.
  • Limit or avoid alcohol and sedatives.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Get enough sleep.


Does magnesium help with snoring?
Taking a mild magnesium supplement can help regulate the calcium in your cells so that you can relax and sleep. “Natural Calm is a tasty magnesium drink that’s great to take right before bed,” says Bowden. “It’s very relaxing.” – add honey to your bedtime tea.


Is Turmeric good for snoring?
Adding turmeric powder to a glass of warm milk can be a good remedy for snoring. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and will greatly help to clear the blockages present in the airways. This will reduce the congestion in the path of the air. The best time to have turmeric milk is before going to bed.


What is snoring a sign of?
Snoring is a common but treatable condition. It happens when turbulent air flows through the airway, causing the uvula and soft palate to vibrate. Snoring may be related to sleep apnea, which is a symptom of high blood pressure and other conditions – men snore more often than women.


Is it bad to snore loud?
Snoring is also considered bad because it can disrupt your sleep and lead to many uncomfortable complications, including daytime sleepiness, concentration problems, and an increased likelihood of car accidents. In short, chronic loud snoring isn’t just annoying—it can also be dangerous and deserves medical attention.


Is snoring a sign of heart disease?
Snoring is often the sign of a condition called obstructive sleep apnea, which raises the risk for diabetes, obesity, hypertension, stroke, heart attack and other cardiovascular problems. … Even without snoring, people with obstructive sleep apnea have reduced oxygen in their system that can damage the heart.


Can dental problems cause snoring?
Dental Problems and Snoring: If you have poor oral health, it may be the cause of your sleep apnea, and you can even find early signs of a sleep disorder by visiting your local dentist. Over 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea and most of them don’t even know it.


Does snoring ruin relationships?
Snoring doesn’t just interfere with the snorer’s sleep. … Snoring can put great strain on relationships. A snoring problem often creates not only tiredness but also frustration and resentment between couples. It can interfere with sexual and emotional intimacy and can push couples to sleep in separate bedrooms.


Why can’t I hear myself snore?
An obstructed airway means your lungs aren’t getting enough oxygen. If your blood oxygen level plummets when your airway is blocked, a message is sent to your brain to wake you up so you can breathe again. Sleep is a foreign country to the sleeper. You can’t see yourself sleep or hear yourself snore.


Do certain foods make you snore?
Avoid Heavy Meals at Night: Late-night eating promotes snoring because the process of digestion also relaxes the throat and tongue muscles. If you must eat, avoid high-fat dairy products such as ice cream, before sleeping. … Avoid Spicy Foods at Night: Spicy foods can trigger indigestion, which could lead to snoring.


Does anxiety cause snoring?
Stress and anxiety may cause sleeping problems or make existing problems worse. And having an anxiety disorder exacerbates the problem. … Other common sleep disorders include sleep apnea (loud snoring caused by an obstructed airway), sleepwalking, and narcolepsy (falling asleep spontaneously).


Does coffee increase snoring?
It can also irritate and inflame the tissues of the nose and throat, which make snoring more likely. Moderating consumption of caffeine and other stimulants is an essential part of a strong daily sleep routine and a long-term plan for sleep health.

Can too much sugar cause snoring?
Well, it’s true that processed sugar can worsen the throat tissues and cause snoring as it increases the natural production of phlegm and restricts your nasal passages. It further increases the production of cytokines which leads to inflammation.


How can I get to sleep if I drank too much caffeine?
Use your bedroom only for sleep and sex. Finish eating at least 2-3 hours before your regular bedtime. Exercise regularly but avoid it a few hours before bedtime. Avoid caffeine (e.g. coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate) close to bedtime.


What foods make snoring worse?
Be careful what you eat before bed.
Research shows that eating large meals or consuming certain foods such as dairy or soymilk right before bedtime can make snoring worse. Exercise in general can reduce snoring, even if it doesn’t lead to weight loss.


 Does milk make you snore?
Eating spicy or fatty foods before bed can also cause indigestion and other issues which can make you snore. … Natural medicine doctor, Dr Josh Axe, says, ‘Drinking milk or having other dairy products can make snoring much worse because it leaves a layer of mucus in your mouth and throat.