I saw a meme on Facebook the other day that said, “I don’t snore, I dream that I am a motorbike.” It makes snoring sound cute and funny, but as my wife can attest, snoring really is no laughing matter.
That’s why I decided to try out the Zyppah snoring mouthpiece. Now, granted, it doesn’t look like a life-changing mouthpiece – but that’s normal with snoring devices.
They aren't there to win a beauty contest; they're there for a functional reason. This mouthpiece does look cool though – it comes in a range of colors and looks good for a Mandibular Advancement Device.Looks aside though, how did it perform? Read on to find out.
Zyppah unboxing and introduction video - Dr. Jonathan Greenburg
Pros and Cons
We have all come across those blatantly fake five-star reviews before. You know the ones I mean – they are all pros and no cons. I prefer to let you make up your own mind, so let’s have a look at both.
For me, the pros outweighed the cons. Once I got used to it, I found that it was comfortable and worked well. And my wife is happy with the results as well, so that is a big plus.
She was getting quite annoyed with my snoring and, according to her, came close to smothering me a few times. And, it sounded like she was half-serious about that too.
This is the most comfortable M.A.D. that I have tried so far, and it comes in at a reasonable price point as well. Just to be on the safe side, and give as fair a review as possible, I checked what other reviewers said.
Most reviewers were positive about the results that they achieved as well.
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If you are looking for something that is easy to use, that you don’t need a prescription for, or need to have professionally fitted, the basic version is ideal.
For the other three versions, you will need to go for consultations at the Snore No More Centers and have them custom-fitted.
Personally, I found that the online version was fine for me. I didn’t feel that the extra expense of going into the centers was warranted. That said, if you have more severe sleep issues or concerns about fit, and are in California, you might want to consider going in.
The design is fairly standard in that it advances the position of the lower jaw. What is different with this mouthpiece is that it also has a strap that keeps the tongue in place.
So, your airway is opened more, and your tongue cannot fall back and obstruct it while you are sleeping. The strap is rubber and so does not feel hard or uncomfortable on your tongue.
The fact that the product is made in the U.S.A. and cleared by the F.D.A. is quite reassuring – at least you know that it is not going to release questionable chemicals while you sleep.
How it Works
Snoring is basically just a vibration. When the soft tissues in the throat are relaxed during sleep, and the tongue falls back towards them, they vibrate against one another.
Try a straightforward exercise – curl your bottom lip over your top lip. This will automatically bring the jaw forward a little and tighten the tissues a little. At the same time, this forward action helps the airway stay more open.
The Zyppah takes advantage of this principle, like almost every other M.A.D. but also takes things a step further by preventing your tongue from falling backward into your throat. This prevents the vibrating effect.
My Trial with Zyppah
First, let's talk about the price. At $99.95, everything included, this is a reasonably-priced alternative. I have seen other brands charging double this amount for devices with fewer features.
Of course, there are cheaper options available on the market as well, but I cannot speak to how effective those are. I won't mention names, but one cheaper brand that I tried worked well for a few weeks but then fell apart.
What I liked about this product is that you get a 30-day money back guarantee. It's reassuring, but it wasn't something that I actually had to use.
What I didn't like was that the fitting process was a little more involved then is usually the case with these mouthpieces. You must read through the instructions.
Generally speaking, my wife and I were both happy with the results. She liked it because it meant that she didn’t have to race me when it came to falling asleep – it cut the snoring out completely so she could stay up later.
I did feel that I had a better night’s sleep overall. I didn’t wake up with a dry mouth and felt better rested. There was some soreness in my jaw, but this cleared up within a week.
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Thanks for bearing with and reading through to the end. All in all, I think the Zyppah is a good option for most people. It is comfortable, well-designed and you don’t have to break into your piggy bank to buy it.