Sucking on a 'pacifier' like dummy could cure snoring

Snoring

A device that resembles a baby's pacifier could help people tackle their problem of snoring.

The device works by pulling people's tongue forward while they are sleep so that their airways remain clear, the Daily Mail reported.

Before the patients go to sleep, they stick the tip of their tongue to a suction pad on the part of the dummy that sits inside their mouth.

A large plastic cover sits over the front of the teeth and holds it in place while the patient is sleeping.

In the middle of the device is a hollow "bulb" that protrudes through the lips.

When the patient squeezes the bulb, the air inside it escapes which creates a vacuum and pops the tip of their tongue inside.

When the patients let go, the tip of their tongue is sealed in the bulb, so that it stays pulled forward when they go to sleep.

Holding the tongue in a forward position means that the airway does not get constricted when all the muscles around the throat relax during sleep that causes heavy snoring.

The results have been published in the Journal of Sleep and Breathing.

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