How Does Wearing a Breathe Right Strip Help Snoring?

How Does Wearing a Breathe Right Strip Help Snoring?
How Does Wearing a Breathe Right Strip Help Snoring? (Image: ClickArt by Broderbund)


The Breathe Right Strip is a flexible adhesive bandage, similar to a small bandaide, which sticks to the bridge of the nose. It was the creation of Bruce Johnson, who suffered from nasal congestion. It was popular with sports teams because it improved breathing and endurance. News spread quickly after Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers wore it during a Super Bowl. Today, it is available in two colors, tan and clear. There are also mentholated strips and strips for kids. The strip is for anyone who needs help breathing and prefer to use a drug-free aide. Breathe strips are beneficial for allergy sufferers, people with colds, people who exercise, and for those who suffer from nasal congestion or snoring.

How It Works

The nose has two chambers called nostrils. In the back of each nostril is a narrow space called the nasal valve. The nasal valve is 1/10 of an inch wide. As the body breathes in air, it passes through the nasal valve. When the space becomes blocked, it is difficult to breathe normally. The Breathe Right Strip gently sticks to the outside of the nose and lifts the sides open, allowing for more air passage. An open mouth for easier breathing causes most snoring. If the nasal passages are clear, the snorer is more likely to breathe through the nose instead of the mouth. According to the Breathe Right website, an independent study on snorers showed that 75 percent of those tested had reduced snoring or the strip eliminated the snoring. They also claim that it takes about a week before the snorer starts breathing through the nose instead of the mouth.

Other Benefits

Breathe Right Strips are also beneficial for those who suffer from a deviated septum, which is a bend in the cartilage that separates the nostrils. It is safe for everyone, but is not for children under the age of five. The clear strips work well for people who have dry or sensitive skin and the mentholated strips work well for those suffering from a cold. Just scratch the strip to release the vapor. There is now a product called Breathe Right Snore Relief throat spray, which lubricates the throat tissues. Spray the back of the throat two to three times before bed. The throat spray is safe to use along with the Breathe Right Strips.

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