As a person approaching his 40s (gulp) I’ve noticed that my snoring has got worse with age. It’s probably got worse in fact as my overall fitness has yo-yo’d, and I thought I’d try and do something about it once and for all with the QQ Cherry Anti Snoring Mouthpiece.
I’d read quite a bit online about mouthpieces / mouthguards as a good solution as a whole for snoring, and wanted to give this a try. It helped that it also had a decent Amazon rating too so I thought it was worth a try.
When it arrived it was smaller than I expected. It was just a little blue box, and in a guard holder, the actual guard inside that holder, and a small spoon-like apparatus also in the box. So first impressions were pretty good. It looked like the sort of guard that I could have on the bedside table, but also if needed take it away on various travels without taking up much space at all.
Using the QQ Cherry Mouthguard
The instructions were useful as you have to create a mouthguard that fits perfectly to your mouthline. I hadn’t considered that at all initially as I thought it was just a one-sized-fits-all, so I have to say that felt good to know that it was more personalised to me. In fact it made a lot more sense!
So to create the right mould for you, you need to take the mould out of the case, and place it in hot water so it can bend and fix to the shape of your teeth/ mouth line.
It didn’t need long – I left it in there for a minute so it was mouldable. Then I used the spook-like device to take it out and placed it in my mouth.
Here’s where it got interesting…
On the instructions it says you need to place and press it into your mouth, and use your tongue for the back part of the mould. I was expecting it to be tricky, and as its hot, like playing with fire in my mouth!
But I have to say it was very easy. You just need to push it around a little here and there so it’s fitting into all those little spaces in your mouth.
30 seconds later, I then put it in some cold, ice-cold in fact, water so the mould could solidify.
That first night’s sleep was a little tricky to be honest. My mouth wasn’t use to having a plastic mould in it! And it does take some adjusting. I was starting to wonder that night whether the mould works for people because they just don’t sleep instead!
But second night was a lot better. My mouth had got a lot more used to it, and breathing felt a lot more comfortable. It essentially puts your jaw and mouth into a certain position that means you have to breathe through your nose properly, and therefore not snoring through your mouth.
As well as snoring I also have sleep Apnoea which means I can sometimes take a deep breath and then not breathe out for like 1-2 minutes. On that side of things, the mouthguard can’t help, and if you do have sleep apnoea I’d recommend this programme alongside a mouthguard.
But I must say, once my mouth adjusted, it worked well, and I even woke up feeling oddly fresher!
The quality of the mould itself is very good, but as with all things, I do wonder how long it will last for. However it’s been over a week now and so far so good!
Pros and cons
- Easy to use
- Dare I saw feels quite fun to put together
- Fits to your mouth perfectly as you set up the mould
- Very good at keeping your mouth shut
- Takes time to get used to
- Won’t work if you want to get rid of sleep apnoea
4.5 / 5. The QQ Cherry Mouthguard is definitely worth a try, and glad I did as it reduced my snoring a lot, but I need something else too for the sleep apnoea.