Your morning drowsiness may not be caused by that late-afternoon latte or stress over tomorrow’s busy agenda. Breathing-related sleep disorders are more common than you may realize, and they can lead to fatigue, lack of mental sharpness, even pain. Listeners of Radio America’s Intelligent Medicine national podcast learned more about this subject when host Ronald Hoffman, MD invited sleep specialist Michael Gelb, DDS, MS on his show. We were excited when Gelb explained why he gives Mute to all his patients.
While many people (and their partners!) realize that they snore, not everyone knows that there are easy options for getting a better night’s rest. Gelb, clinical professor at NYU College of Dentistry and author of “Gasp!: Airway Health – The Hidden Path to Wellness”, explained why Mute plays an important role in his practice. “There’s also help over the counter. For people that can’t breathe through their nose, we have begun using something called a nasal stent, it’s called Mute nasal stent,” he said. “I like that because probably 25-30 – even up to 75 percent – of the obstruction from snoring can come from your nose. If you are in a pinch, literally, if you can’t breathe through your nose, it’s a great adjunct and it’s a great way to open up the airway.”
Gelb added that Mute may be preferable to nasal strips worn outside the nose. “Sometimes you’ll get a better stenting of the airway from the inside [of the nose] because the airway can’t suck down upon itself. It’s actually keeping the airway open internally. We give [Mute] out to all our patients. It’s very well received and some people won’t sleep without them.”
Mute is individually adjustable and comes in three sizes, so you always get a comfortable fit. Not only may it improve your sleep, it may also improve your partner’s sleep.
Michael Gelb is a member of Media Relations Inc.’s panel of highly respected third-party experts. He is compensated to express his own professional opinions, through the media, about certain products.