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Whether it occurs nightly or only occasionally, snoring affects many sleepers. Even if an individual doesn’t snore they’ve more than likely been impacted by someone who does snore. Although snoring can be a sign of an underlying health condition, sometimes it can be caused by an illness or allergies and doesn’t need intense correction. Snoring chin straps are a simple solution that fit over the head, cradling the chin to keep the mouth closed while sleeping. Those who snore through the mouth may find relief from these non-invasive and inexpensive devices.
In this guide, we’ll cover the best snoring chin straps, the pros and cons, how to decide if a chin strap is right for you, and what you should know before you buy. Our choices are based on verified customer reviews, in-house testing, and consultation with sleep experts.
The Brison Anti Snoring Devices Chin Strap is the Tuck editor’s pick. This chin strap adjusts on top of the head as well as behind the head. This, combined with the stretchy material, makes this anti-snoring chin strap suitable for almost all head sizes. The sides have a generous area to accommodate the ears, leaving no part of the head sore from this chin strap.
The material is soft and users comment it doesn’t leave them feeling itchy. This strap can be washed in the washing machine on a delicate cycle and line dried. Some customers say the strap initially has a slight smell coming out of the box but it dissipated within a few days or with one wash.
This wins the editor’s pick thanks to its price, design to fit most sleepers, and its comfortable material.
Ideal for those who use a CPAP machine, the ResMed Style Chin Strap keeps the mouth closed while sleeping without feeling any pressure or discomfort. The strap, measuring 27 inches in length, is made of a stretching neoprene material. The chin guard is made of a nylon and cotton blend, providing a soft material for the chin to rest in.
The slim profile of this design makes it ideal for fitting over or under a CPAP machine. Minimizing air loss through the mouth, the ResMed strap works well with almost all CPAP mask and pillow systems.
The length of the strap will fit most men or women and is easy to adjust at the top of the head with a hook and loop closure.
ResMed recommends washing this chin strap by hand in warm water with mild detergent.
Tuck’s pick for the most comfortable snoring chin strap is made by CozySleep. This chin strap comes in a bundle with a sleep mask, ear plugs, and anti-snoring nose vents designed to keep the nostrils open, maximizing airflow. This chin strap gently keeps the mouth closed while sleeping thanks to the soft and non-irritating neoprene material.
This chin strap has a generous area for the ears to fit comfortably and fastens at the top and back of the head. CozySleep indicates this chin strap is best suited to fit heads sized between 45 centimeters and 55 centimeters.
Customers note the fabric and fit make this snoring chin strap a comfortable option for ensuring the mouth stays closed while sleeping. Users also say it stays in place all night without slipping even in those who move around often.
Snoring can occur occasionally or be a nightly event. It not only disrupts the sleep of the snorer, it may awaken a partner. Those with chronic snoring often wake up unrefreshed and sluggish. It may also be a sign of something more serious like obstructive sleep apnea or obesity.
Those who snore through their mouths may find relief in a chin strap which keeps the mouth closed. This forces the sleeper to breathe through the nose, potentially eliminating snoring all together. Below we’ll explain the mechanics, go over the pros and cons of snoring chin straps, and what you should know before investing in one.
Snoring occurs when the airway is partially blocked or narrowed, causing the air passing into the body to rattle against the tissue of the throat and nose. Many sleepers who snore do so through the mouths, leaving them a dry or sore throat when they wake up. A snoring chin strap gently holds the chin closed, causing the sleeper to breathe through the nose rather than the mouth. For some sleepers, this can eliminate snoring.
Most snoring chin straps are made with a soft and stretchy material so it’s not itchy or irritating to the skin. The stretchy material means it can fit many head sizes and most have at least one hook and loop closure, although some close with a buckle.
Studies show snoring chin straps to be especially effective with sleepers using a CPAP machine. Since the chin is cradled and the mouth is closed, air leakage is significantly reduced leading to higher sleep quality.
Materials: Since comfort is a huge part of getting good sleep, snoring chin straps are designed to be soft and not disrupt the sleeper. Most are made with neoprene, elastane, or a cotton/nylon blend. Cotton will be more breathable than some synthetic materials, but it may not be as durable.
Design: Snoring chin straps come in several designs with different closure methods. Some snoring chin straps are a single strap while others have two straps that fasten on the top and back of the head. Some sleepers may find the two-strap design to stay in place better. Most close with a hook and loop fastener, but some use a buckle.
Best User: Snoring chin straps are especially useful for those with obstructive sleep apnea using CPAP machines. Some designs are suited better for use with CPAP machines. These designs will still allow the CPAP to fit over the mouth and nose area properly.
The care and maintenance of your snoring chin strap depends on the materials it’s made of. While some can be laundered in the washing machine, others need to be hand washed. Always consult your individual snoring chin strap’s care guide to ensure the longest lifespan. When laundering in the washing machine, use a delicate cycle and gentle detergent. When hand washing, use warm water and a gentle soap before line drying.
Regular washing it important to maintain hygiene and avoid potential irritation.
Return Policy/Sleep Trial: Some companies offer a return policy or a sleep trial of the snoring chin strap. This gives sleepers an opportunity to try out the snoring chin strap at home to make sure it’s comfortable and works as well as hoped. If you’re unsure a snoring chin strap is right for you, look for one that can easily be returned.
Hair/Facial Hair: Sleepers with long hair or facial hair may have a harder time finding a snoring chin strap that can be used efficiently while feeling comfortable and non-disruptive. Many snoring chin straps have one or more hook and loop closures which can be painful if hair gets caught in the closure.