Snoring is the worst. Whether you wake yourself up throughout the night choking on your own breath or keep a loved one awake listening to your monotonous droning snore, sleeping isn’t very fun if you snore. Medical data reveal that around 44% of men and 28% of women in the United States snore; naturally, the anti-snoring device market is a huge one with products ranging from anti-snoring mattresses to special mouthpieces claimed to help users stop snoring. While some of these might provide relief to some lucky users, unfortunately there is still no snoring cure which provides complete relief from this common sleep disorder. Despite the fruitlessness of our search, humanity continues the millennia-long search for a cure for snoring.
Marianne Davey, director of the British Snoring and Sleep Apnea Association (BSSAA), told The Guardian that part of that reason there is no universal snoring cure lies in the fact that snoring isn’t necessarily a singular medical condition but instead a whole range of similar symptoms caused by many different sleep disorders and physiological issues:
There will never be a quick-fix cure as there are so many reasons somebody would snore. Your snoring will not [have] the same cause as your next door neighbor, so we have to tailor treatment to each individual. Even then, the patient will have to work with the treatment in order to attain success in managing the snoring.
The most common treatments for snoring symptoms include weight loss and lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking or alcohol use, both of which can exacerbate snoring. Antihistamines and decongestants work for some people, while in extreme cases surgery is necessary.
Historical and archaeological evidence reveals that mankind has been searching for a snoring cure for well over 3,000 years, dating as far back as the ancient Egyptians. Will medical science ever produce a cure for snoring?