‘Stop snoring, it’s irritating, I cannot sleep, you are waking me up every night to silence you and after you sleep again, you still snore, worst of all, you do it loudly. Jeez, if only people could snore in silence’, is what was running through my mind and what i would have actually said if i were a bad roommate and friend. Let me tell you a story of how my friend cured snoring with an acupressure ring.
I had a roommate in college who used to snore like crazy. He was more of a best friend than a roommate hence telling him to stop would seem so rude and inconsiderate. I am always a guy who always looks for solutions instead of focusing on the problem, so i went to the internet and saw the anti snore ring as one of the top suggestions. Upon buying it, my roommate was still snoring so i had my doubts but on the third day of sleep, i had to check up on him to see if he was still alive. Of course, he was. That put a smile on my face knowing i had solved one of the biggest distractions that made me have obstructive nights.
The Anti Snore Acupressure ring.
The Anti Snore ring was invented by Michael Carter-Smith, a saxophonist way back in the 1960s who sang for the band Amen Corner.
This ring is one of its kind and indeed a prototype in the industry. It is a simper ring with bumps on its inside that are believed to work on pressure points in the body.
The Acupressure ring is branded several
names including; Anti Snore ring, stop snoring ring and the Good Night ring because it is actually a ring to stop snoring. Therapists use the acupressure ring due to the effects it has on the body, claiming that it particularly focuses more on the bones and muscles. Perhaps before getting deep into the working mechanics of an acupressure ring, understanding what snoring means will help us determine the importance off this tool.
What is snoring?
A lot of people think they understand and actually know what snoring really is only to realize that all along they had the wrong idea of the condition. Yes, it is a condition!
Snoring can thus basically be defined as breathing heavily while sleeping. It is indeed a condition that can befall anyone. Despite this, men as well as people who are overweight are the most affected victims of snoring. As if not enough, it is a condition that gets worse as age progresses. In most occasions, snoring is not usually very bad or toxic especially if you experience it once in a while. On the other hand, snoring that recurs may harbor numerous disadvantages such as disrupting your partner during sleep or even interfering with your sleep patterns just to mention but a few. As you know, sleep is an integral part of our well being and making sure you get enough of it is important.
Causes of snoring.
Perhaps one of the most disturbing questions you have ever asked yourself is ‘what causes snoring?’. This is because most of us have myths and misconceptions about snoring ranging from the fact that people snore when they are hungry to snoring is a sign of good health. Expert opinions say, based on adequate research that snoring occurs when their is insufficient flow of air through the mouth hence physically obstructing the nose. This Obstruction may be caused by
- Allergies and infections that cause deformities of the nose such as deviated septum.
- Poor muscle in the tongue and throat which makes them collapse and fall back in the airway.
- Bulky throat tissues; a resultant effect of being overweight or obesity.-Long Uvula or soft palate (the dangling organ in the back of the mouth).
What are the health risks associated with snoring?
It is thus evident and clear that these causes of snoring are backed by health risks that may be of serious concern to us. The fact that your nasal passage is tampered with alone makes it hazardous for you. Some of this health risks comprise of:
- Breathing interruptions.
- Interrupted sleeping patterns.
- High blood pressure due to prolonged suffering form lack of sleep.
- Daytime Sleepiness.
All in all, the key is in finding solutions on how we are going to solve the issue of snoring, having realized that it may not be as friendly as we thought it initially was. There are many methods of countering the common condition called snoring ranging from hacks that can be done at home to medical visits that require health experts. The results of your sleep study will be the determinant factor of your mode of treatment or mitigation which may comprise of:
- Surgery especially when you have a bulky throat.
- Lifestyle modification in terms of sleeping position.
- Appliances and apparatus to help sort sleep apnea.
- Continuous positive airway pressure appliance which is a device that blows air into the back of your throat hence preventing it from collapsing.
One good technique of taking care of the snoring condition is by using an acupressure ring or what is famously known as an anti snore ring.
So how does it work?
The Anti Snore ring is worn on the finger. It puts pressure on certain areas of the finger in an effort to automatically open up your airway. This ring not only prevents snoring but also acts as an aid for people suffering from insomnia. It works by the principles of the famous Chinese medicine known as Acupressure.
Acupressure states that the body has pressure points in it that are interconnected to different organs and areas of the body through pathways known as meridians.
There are indeed very many acupressure points in the body all related and interconnected to different parts of the body. Majority if them are located on the hand including acupressure points for snoring. This is what the acupressure ring for snoring focuses mostly on. Among some of these acupressure points are the pulse point and the spirit gate located on the right wrist, between your shoulder blades that is connected to the back of your heart, the space in between your eyebrows that is connected to your eyebrows and finally the base of the pinkie finger that is connected to your nasal airway.
The ring therefore works in a way that it has two bumps on its inside that puts pressure on these points, particularly the base of the last finger to release nasal passageways, hence making it easier to breathe. A test was carried out whereby 20 snorers went through an array of tests to prove if this theory really works. In the test, three wore the ring on their index finger which proved non-effective. The 17 who wore it on their pinkie confessed to have better sleep as they woke up feeling less tired the next day. Moreover, they did not snore but for those who did, they snored less loudly. This test was performed by scientists from Aspen Clinical research institution.
Where do you put it on and how?
This tool should be worn on the little finger of the left hand for ladies and the right hand for males. It is supposed to be pushed till it reaches the bottom of the little finger such that it rests halfway between the knuckle and the joint.
Does it actually work?
Applying acupressure for snoring purposes is a form of sleep therapy that is very effective. The anti snore acupressure ring is proven to reduce snoring by up to 89%. Despite the fact that it may not eliminate breathing problems due to obesity, strictly checking your diet is deemed the best alternative for this. A broken nose on the other hand would require surgery. It is therefore correct to say that the ring works if you do not have any medical condition in addition to eating a healthy diet.
The ring actually works! I can testify to this because not only has it worked on my friend but also worked for most individuals in my school like a miracle. With all this said, there is only one way to find out if this ring works for you and that is by trying it out. If it does, which chances are that it definitely will, you are guaranteed a better night sleep for as long as you can and want. Better night sleep equal maximum productivity during the day.