For National Stop Snoring Week 2012 we surveyed 2,000 people to discover traditional remedies for snoring - some going back to the 1800s - and to put some of the most popular ones into practice.
The overall conclusion from the study is that the old remedies simply don't work.
“This remedy made snoring worse and in the morning I had a sore neck”
“It was a total failure”
“Besides having the gooey, slimey mouth in the mornings, I also had a couple of weird dreams”
“Worse 2 nights sleep I've had for ages”
“I slept on the ball and still snored!!”
“My Husband tried the dummy but he nearly choked”
“Didn't seem to make any difference, but took a while to get the toothpaste out of my moustache!”
Old Wives' Cures Put To Bed
For National Stop Snoring Week 2012 we surveyed 2,000 people to discover traditional remedies for snoring - some going back to the 1800s - and to put some of the most popular ones into practice. The overall conclusion from the study is that the old remedies simply don't work.
The top ten remedies put to the test with volunteers were:
Ball in back of pyjamas
Gargling with garlic
Rubbing upper lip of snorer
Water under the bed
Sucking a dummy
A Royal remedy - rub toothpaste under the nostrils of snorer
Sleeping without pillows
Snoring remedies and old wives tales discussed on BBC Breakfast during National Stop Snoring Week
Some of these remedies have long been believed to have some effect but the volunteers found that, in fact, many remedies not only failed to stop snoring but created other problems such as sore neck, dry mouth during the night and in the morning, nightmares, gooey, slimy taste in the mouth and - in the case of some remedies - actually making the snoring worse.
Even the famous 'tennis ball sewn into the back of the pyjamas' - still so widely recommended - had no effect on the snorers.
Following the study, we now more than ever advocate that, to stop snoring, the scientific approach of finding the cause of an individual's snoring is essential before a treatment can be recommended.
In fact, science, rather than old wives' tales, has been applied to the question of snoring. Today, stopping snoring could not be easier and, indeed, snorers can stop snoring in just three minutes. Our recently-launched, revolutionary on-line interactive snore tests will help identify the cause of the snoring and, based on the answers given, will make a recommendation of treatment options. Hundreds of people every day are now benefitting from the high success rate of these tests.