Several products have appeared on the shelves claiming to help people stop snoring. Doctors, however, say that many of these products are not effective and some are even unhealthy.
Foreign research has shown that one in three adults has snoring problems. A survey by the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital Sleep Center found that 44 percent of adult men and 14 percent of adult women snore.
Conservative estimates say that more than 2 million people need help for snoring problems.
The snoring-prevention market is a large one. Devices that resemble wrist watches are a popular item.
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"This may help reduce instances of snoring, but the problem is that people's sleep continues to be disturbed. They don't sleep well, which certainly isn't healthy," she said.
Other products are designed to keep the nasal cavity open. The director of Chang Gung Hospital's Sleep Center, Chen Ning-hung (
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Keeping the nasal cavity open is not enough to eliminate snoring because the tongue still needs to be pulled up, he said.
Tsou said that throwing away NT$100 or NT$1,000 on a useless product might not be a big deal for most people, but risking one's health by ignoring the hidden causes of snoring certainly is.
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