What Do Nasal Strips Do For Breathing?

Nasal strips are one of the most economical, comfortable and affordable ways of getting a better night's sleep. You’ve probably heard it all, or maybe you haven’t because your snore has become THAT loud. Let us give you the low down, when most people get to the stage of acceptance in the snoring journey, then they start to research proper solutions for their snoring issue. They will come across nasal strips and because they aren’t industrious, invasive, expensive or let’s be honest, much to look at, they are often thrown to the wayside because the belief that they work is close to impossible. How do they actually help you breathe in a way that doesn’t alarm the neighbours or get you kicked out of the bed...again? Let’s dive in shall we!

What does breath have to do with snoring?

Technically the act of breathing doesn’t cause snoring, however snoring occurs during the act of breathing due to the construction of your nose and throat. When snorers breath in, the back of the floppy tissue at the back of the throat creates a vibration. When we are asleep, we are at our most relaxed state. We aren’t aware that the lack of tension in our body will soon produce a noise as loud as a jackhammer.

Those who are prone to snoring have very similar size and shape of the muscle and tissues in their neck. In other cases, narrowing the passage in your throat and nose can trigger snoring to occur. If you suffer from nasal congestion, have a deviated septum or nasal polyps, the nasal strip could really aid your case as the origin is in the nose. When we have blocked passages, we then rely on our mouths to intake breath.

What blocks the nasal passage

Has your partner ever told you that you snore only when you have a cold or when you’re suffering from allergies? That is because you are most congested during those situations. 

The most common types of nasal blockages occur when:

  • Dairy affected
  • Cold or flu
  • Narrow nostrils.
  • Allergies to dust and hayfever
  • Irritated nasal passages from pollution.
  • Sinus infection.
  • Deviated septum.


Nasal strips alleviate congestion, which helps aid snoring. Without obstruction of the nasal passage, you are able to breathe through your nose rather than your mouth which bypasses your relaxed throat muscles.

Nasal Strips open the nasal passage

A nasal strip is basically an external nasal dilator device.The strips increase the diameter of the internal nasal valve by pulling externally on the lateral walls of the nasal vestibule. This opens up the passageway to get the breath that you need. Without a blockage there is no need to rely on the throat to breathe. 

But how do they open the nasal passage? A nasal strip has a spring-like functionality within the strip. When you apply the nasal strip, you place it over the nose. During the night the strip naturally wants to retain its natural shape, so it pulls on the sides of your nose, opening the airways as it does so.

Nasal strips allow you to breathe easier through your nose by clearing the passage. This in turn helps stop snoring from occurring. Don’t get too psyched out about snoring, you may just be congested and more often than not you do not need to take the invasive route. Want to see if a nasal strip is all you need for a good nights sleep? Take your pick from our selection!

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