Considering using chin straps for sleep apnea instead of CPAP? When should you use this stop snoring sleep aid? Are they effective enough to justify looking strange in bed? What are the pros and cons of 3 popular models? And if you're on a budget, here's how to construct a cheap, but effective DIY option.
For many people, the most comfortable continuous positive airway pressure therapy option for treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the nasal CPAP mask. But that isn’t much help if you are a mouth-breather. You’re not getting the benefit of the air pressure and you’re leaking air out of your mouth.
So you're told by your doctor to try a full face mask. But what if you can’t tolerate it? Patients with mild OSA who sleep with their mouths open may be able to use a chin strap as an alternative for standard CPAP therapy. It will gently close your mouth so you will breathe through your nose.
Most chin straps are designed to position your jaw a bit forward to help keep your airway open.
They are very easy to use. Take it out of the box, put it on. Go to sleep quieter.
If you have nasal obstructions such as polyps, don’t try this snoring solution without talking to your doctor. There are good reasons why some people are mouth-breathers.
Some studies have shown that a chin strap alone does not improve a patient’s Apnea–Hypopnea Index during REM sleep. Others have indicated that this alone may help even severe cases of OSA. The studies continue.
The bottom line is: If you try a
chin strap it and it works for you, then it works for you.
Here are 4 examples of strap aids that OSA sufferers
can try to see if you stop causing noisy sleep problems for yourself and those around you.
This anti-snoring sleep aid is adjustable with velcro so it can fit your head properly. It’s light as a feather (almost) and the chin fabric is breathable and the velcro strips are long enough for even your big head.
For most patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), CPAP is the most effective treatment. But it’s no use if you don’t or can’t use it. And you need sleep to prevent daytime sleepiness and all the other health problems associated with OSA. Mouth-breathers can avoid “mouth leak” and dry mouth by using the full face mask.
But for many people the full mask is extremely uncomfortable,
and comfort is a very important factor in CPAP compliance. About half
of patients either stop using CPAP or use it for less than four hours per night.
Using a chin strap in tandem with a nasal mask solves two problems: the nasal
mask is more comfortable than the full mask, and the chin strap helps to keep
your mouth shut. If you are comfortable with the full face mask and require the
better seal that it provides, but still experience dry mouth, you could try a
chin strap even with that.
According to a study
published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine,
“Chinstrap users had significantly greater PAP adherence, longer nightly
duration of PAP use, lower residual AHI and lower leak compared to chinstrap
Here are two chin straps that people use along with
This anti-snoring sleep aid will help keep your mouth shut while you sleep, it works with CPAP, and helps keep the mask stable. It’s made from a breathable material and lined with an anti-bacterial agent. Adjustable, with Velcro straps.
This sleep apnea strap is compatible with ResMed’s Mirage Nasal Mask. It’s lightweight, soft, easy to use, and comes in a variety of sizes. It’s the same one that came with your original ResMed gear.
If you've got more time than money on your hands, you can easily make your own anti-snoring sleep aid. That’s a nice change from the rest of your expensive apnea gear, right?
How to make
How to use
So that's all you need to know about this simple anti-snoring sleep aid. You've found out how effective they are and when and how to use them. And you've got some great alternatives. Now stop waking the entire household up. Go get some chin straps for your sleep apnea !