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According to the National Sleep Foundation, approximately 90 million Americans snore. Of course, knowing they’re not alone probably doesn’t help snorers — or their beleaguered partners — sleep at night.
Zypa wants to fix this. The dentist-designed, FDA-approved device (whose name is “Happy Z” spelled backwards) tackles snoring on two fronts. First, Zyppah pushes your jaw forward slightly to open your throat and help air flow more easily. Next, Zyppah’s “patented tongue elastic” keeps your tongue from rolling back and blocking your newly opened airway. The promised result? A quieter and therefore more restful night’s sleep.
Zyppah works because snoring is not caused by the nose; rather, it is what happens when a person’s airway becomes obstructed because the tongue or the muscles at the roof of the mouth or the back of the throat relax and partially block airflow. This is why people tend to snore the most when sleeping on their backs, and also why nasal strips and sprays are of little use in combating the sound of an angry goose while you sleep.
Mandibular advancement devices have been around for a while and can be a safe, simple, and inexpensive way to stop snoring. Zyppah’s addition of the stabilizing tongue strap, which he likens to a seat belt, is a novel approach to making these devices even more effective, and so far its results are promising: a clinical trial commissioned by Zyppah saw 91% of participants report improvement. in their snoring.
Zypa ($99.95; zyppah.com) is a “boil and bite” appliance, meaning you heat it up and then mold it to your teeth for a custom fit. That said, some users report that the device fell out of their mouths overnight. Other side effects of mandibular advancement devices, such as Zyppah, include jaw discomfort or hypersalivation. Zyppah is not suitable for people with sleep apnea or those with crows or loose teeth. If you are unsure if Zyppah is right for you, consult a healthcare professional.
Zyppah offers a 90-day money-back guarantee and promises a full refund if it turns out that it’s not the solution for you. This means you have nothing to lose by trying!