In life a clogged nose is one of those things you shouldn’t have to put up with. Thankfully, there is such a wonderful thing as a Nasal Dilator.
As the name implies, nasal dilators dilate or widen the nasal passages for better breathing. As the nasal septum is stimulated, air passes more freely. If you’re the type who snores, or worse, sleeps with a snorer, then this is just the thing to remedy that.
First things first, here are 4 myths about the humble nasal dilator that need to be busted.
Myth 1: Nasal dilators are uncomfortable.
Not at all.
Truth: Good brands in the market today are made of soft (but sturdy) medical grade plastic so you can rest assured the material used is hypoallergenic and will not leach any harmful chemical during the course of wear.
If you wear your nasal dilators correctly according to manufacturers’ prescription, you’ll find that they snugly fit. Some designs can even be worn during the day as they are hardly visible.
Myth 2: Nasal dilators are unsafe to wear.
Okay, for certain people, the idea of inserting a foreign object in their nostril, all in the name of quelling snoring, can be icky, if not downright risky. What if it gets pushed too far up and gets stuck there? What if it gets accidentally inhaled?
Truth: You don’t have to worry about nasal dilator going too far up your nose because they have strip guards that prevent that sort of thing from happening.
On the other hand, nasal dilators are perfectly safe to wear. In our society that has come to depend on drugs for practically everything, it’s nice to know that nasal dilators are your drug-free remedy for snoring. If you happen to be taking other medications, be thankful then because dilators spare you from one more pill your body would otherwise be taking in.
Myth 3: Nasal dilators are ineffective.
The verdict on the effectiveness of dilators is divided. Some absolutely swear by them while others think they’re a waste of money.
Truth: You probably know someone who thinks dilators are heaven-sent and insists you try one too. It’s a case-to-case basis, of course. What works for one might not work for another.
Incidentally, many athletes wear a dilator during workouts as it allows them to take in more oxygen. And even if scientific studies dismiss this apparent benefit, these athletes nevertheless still rely on nasal dilators.
The important thing is that you give it a try first and see if there’s any improvement in your sleeping time breathing.
Myth 4: Nasal dilators will solve snoring problems.
Of course not.
Truth: It is true that nasal dilators work wonders for people with snoring problems, but it would be foolish to rely on this remedy alone.
Incorrect sleeping position, cigarette smoking, and obesity are just some of the common causes of snoring. You can always depend on the relief provided by nasal dilators, but it’s better if you address the possible causes of snoring too.