As the name suggests, a nasal dilator is a device that expands the nasal airways while you sleep. Although technically nasal strips attempt to achieve the same result, the term “nasal dilator” specifically refers to the devices that expand the nostrils from the inside. Essentially, a nasal dilator is a device designed to fit inside the nostrils and push against the perimeter. This expands the overall diameter of the nostrils, allowing more air to flow in and out.
“What is the purpose of this?” you ask? Well, by increasing the ease at which air flows through the nostrils, you accomplish two things. First, you eliminate annoying snoring that results from nasal congestion. If you snore through your nose, this could be a welcomed change for both you and your partner. Second, opening the nasal airways can help you make nose breathing the default method of respiration while you sleep. When compared to mouth breathing, nose breathing at night has many advantages, which we’ll explore in this article.
Nasal Dilators vs Nasal Strips (Breathe Right)
As mentioned, nasal dilators refer to the nasal breathing devices that are worn internally. Nasal strips, on the other hand, attempt to accomplish the same thing - expanded nasal passageways - externally. Nasal strips are a reflexive piece of adhesive tape that is worn over the nose. The tape is folded over the nose and keeps the nostrils open as it attempts to pull back into its original position. The most well-known nasal strip producer isBreathe Right.
While these two different devices have the same intention, both have their pros and cons. Nasal dilators are inexpensive, easy to insert, and come in a variety of sizes. However, some people find that they are too invasive, or that they aren’t compatible with their nose.
Nasal strips are also inexpensive, easy to apply, and come in different sizes. However, they can cause skin irritation resulting in morning redness. They can also struggle to maintain contact with oily or sweaty skin.
The benefits of nose breathing during sleep
We often think about how and how much we eat, drink, exercise, sleep, and work. But when’s the last time you thought about how and how much you breathe? While it’s not something many of us have ever given much thought, the method in which we breathe has a significant impact on our health, fitness, and energy levels.
As it turns out, nose breathing is the optimal method of breathing. This is especially true when we sleep. Nose breathing during has countless benefits, including but not limited to:
Eliminating mouth snoring
Supporting superior oral health
Activation of the parasympathetic response leading to more restorative & relaxing sleep
Improved cognitive and physical function
Prevention of morning dry mouth, and
Protection of the lungs and airways
These benefits make it far superior to mouth breathing, which comes with a host of short and long-term health complications. For this reason, using a device like a nasal dilator can be very beneficial. Especially when used in combination with SomniFix Strips.
Nasal dilators and snoring
If you or your partner snores at night, it can be very unpleasant for both of you. The constant sawing of logs throughout the night often leads to sleep fragmentation, which results in daytime sleepiness, weight gain, high blood pressure, and reduced cognitive and mental function. For this reason, finding a snoring solution is game-changing for many couples who have had this point of contention for years.
Before finding the right solution for your snoring problem, you first need to understand what type of snoring you have. The vast majority of people who snore struggle withmouth snoring. As the name implies, this results from breathing through an open mouth while you sleep. When mouth breathing, air passing through forces the relaxed tissues of your mouth and throat to vibrate, creating snoring. Conversely,nose snoringresults when blockages of mucus create small gaps in the nasal passages where the air is forced through. Forcing a large amount of air through a small gap causes vibration, again inducing snoring.
Hands down, the most effective way to eliminate mouth snoring is with SomniFix Strips. By keeping your lips sealed throughout the night they inhibit mouth breathing, consequently eliminating mouth snoring. When it comes to nasal dilators, theycan be effective in eliminating either nose snoring or mouth snoring, depending on the situation.
Nasal dilators could reduce nose snoring if you have naturally narrow nasal passages, or frequently experience nasal blockages. They could also reduce mouth snoring if nasal blockages or narrowness are causing you to default to mouth breathing. However, the most surefire way to eliminate snoring is to use a SomniFix Strip in combination with a nasal dilator. This will inhibit mouth breathing while at the same time maximizing the flow of air through your nostrils. No more snoring or other mouth breathing-related issues. Instead, sleep silently and experience the benefits of nose breathing. It’s a win-win!
What causes nasal congestion?
Do you wake up in the morning feeling constantly congested in your nose and sinuses? This is likely a result of mouth breathing during the night. When we sleep with our mouths open, we default to mouth breathing as the go-to method of respiration. While this may not seem like a problem, chronic mouth breathing actually leads to several short and long-term health issues, as we discussed above. Nasal congestion is just one of those issues.
You see, when we mouth breathe we are actually overbreathing. This means that we are inhaling and exhaling more air than we need. This overbreathing triggers the release of mucus in the nasal passageways in an attempt to slow the breathing rate. However, when the mouth remains open, this mucus is ineffective. This creates a vicious cycle of mucus release and mouth breathing that results in you waking up feeling very congested.
How effective are nasal dilators?
In the right situation, nasal dilators can be very effective in preventing snoring and inducing nose breathing. However, the majority of snoring stems from mouth breathing at night, as does the majority of nasal congestion. Therefore, the key to eliminating both of these is to prevent mouth breathing during sleep. By eliminating mouth breathing, you will eliminate both mouthand nasal congestion.
Use SomniFix Strips to get the most out of your nasal dilator
As we’ve seen, the key to eliminating snoring and nasal congestion is to eliminate the root cause of both issues: mouth breathing. While nasal dilators will help with the effectiveness of nose breathing, they do not guarantee that you will nose breathe. SomniFix Strips, on the other hand, will induce nose breathing by keeping your lips sealed all night long. For this reason, switching to SomniFix Strips, or using SomniFix Strips in combination with a nasal dilator has been life-changing for many people who struggle with snoring and/or mouth breathing at night.
If you frequently experience nasal congestion or mouth snoring, SomniFix Strips could be just what you need to get silent, restful sleep all-night long. Take the SomniFix 7-night challenge. If you don’t love your sleep after a week with SomniFix, we’ll give you your money back. No questions asked.
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