Investing in better snoring hardware is a less invasive and more readily available fix than flipping a switch, but make sure you get the right model: The worst products include flashy names such as ClearSleep and Astral, which promise “combining ultra thin, seamless, dynamic, high-density foam in a premium Aerolift system that virtually eliminates all snoring.” But none of these remedies are meant to treat snoring over the long term.
What’s it like? Of the nine other devices I tried, the Wrap — which plugs into the base of the person’s pillow and is backed by breathing exercises — was one of the best, but it wasn’t the best option for me. A cramp in my neck caused snoring in the months I used it. At 7 pounds, it felt heavy on the middle ear, so after 30 days, I gave it back to the company.
Average benefit? Sometimes a floating pillow that contains air that feels like a nice pillow can cut down on snoring. But it can’t get to all the soft tissue deep down your throat.
Did it cause any problems? Perhaps more so than the others. In the month I used it, I experienced yet another severe neck strain that I blamed on the size of the pillow, and before long it was gone.
What’s it like? The Clear, made by Vigfid, offers a superior seal against back and neck irritation, and if you use this for more than 6 months, the company says it can reduce snoring by up to 90 percent. But users complain of dimpled material — either from overdoing the puff or the air — in the middle ear which can cause snoring and other issues, such as jet lag.
Average benefit? I really liked it.
Did it cause any problems? I was advised to stop using it within a few months. The company has always said I had fewer side effects and fewer problems when I didn’t use it regularly.
What’s it like? The Leap Pro in-ear digital hearing aid is among the better products, promising both reliable performance and an audio-impaired user experience — it can even know if you’re trying to sleep.
Average benefit? As measured by the eighth-episode regression, the Leap Pro had the best balance and response time of the group.
Did it cause any problems? Users report hearing audio issues, such as audio stuttering. According to experts, these are too common in the digital hearing aid, but are usually only a problem when the product is mismatched to the user’s sense of hearing. One reviewer said she used it at least a hundred times, and still hasn’t noticed any errors.
The Warby Parker Palette
What’s it like? The Warby Parker Palette made the biggest change, relying on small physical patches to seep into the user’s head. They are billed as a “quiet solution” but before you give them a try, try this quick video.
Average benefit? One big benefit is that once placed in your face, these patches stay there.
Did it cause any problems? I heard clear-cut results but felt the patches were extremely sensitive. They seemed to wear off after maybe an hour.
What’s it like? There’s one thing that sets this device apart from other devices: It’s not a gizmo. Instead, it’s a band that fits around the neck and covers the mouth.
Average benefit? Comfort. The band feels really cozy, and the way it breathes is soothing.
Did it cause any problems? It left me with shaky, watery breathing.