You have probably seen PureSleep advertised on “Good Morning America” on ABC, or perhaps you have heard the claims that it is the top-selling snoring solution in the world. Regardless how you heard about it, you are likely full of questions.
Does it really measure up? How does it compare to other snoring mouthpieces? Will it work for you? Well, there is no way to know if it will work for you until you try it, but you should become familiar with all the facts before deciding if it is the right one for you.
I personally put it to the test for a full week, and although I found it effective, it is not one of my favorite options.
Pros and Cons
Every MAD has its pros and cons. PureSleep is marketed as the world’s best-selling mouthpiece, but I did have a few complaints that may apply to other snorers.
What is PureSleep?
PureSleep is classified as a mandibular advancement device (MAD), so it works by holding the jaw in a forward position. By doing this it reduces the risk of the tongue collapsing to the throat, thereby causing a partial obstruction of the airway. When the airway is kept clear soft tissues do not vibrate. No vibration means no snoring.
Unlike most MADs that come as one piece, PureSleep arrives as two pieces. You have an upper and lower piece that can be connected using one of these settings. The settings control how far the lower jaw is held forward. Once the pieces are connected, you use a boil-and-bite technique to achieve a perfect fit.
Now, this high level of customization has its advantages and disadvantages. On the positive side, you really can get an extremely good fit with this device. However, once you select a setting and use the boil-and-bite method, the setting can’t be changed, which means you have to get it right the first time. Plus, the fact that it arrives as two separate pieces tells you there are going to be more crevices than most mouthpieces have to harbor bacteria. So, you absolutely can’t cut corners when it comes to cleaning.
PureSleep is made in the USA and FDA-cleared, and it is made of two types of BPA- and latex-free plastics. This oral appliance does have airflow holes to allow you to breathe through your mouth while you sleep.
My Experience with PureSleep
By the time I tried PureSleep, I had already put both ZQuiet and Zyppah to the test, so the device was at a disadvantage. I loved both the above mentioned MADs, so PureSleep really would have had to be extremely special to stand out as a frontrunner. That being said, my experience with this device was still quite favorable.
When I ordered, I was surprised that I had to answer a 21-question form to make sure the device was a good match for me. Some people may be a little annoyed by this, but I actually found it refreshing. I would rather be told upfront that I’m not a good candidate for the device than have to deal with a return.
Shipping did seem to take forever. The devices I ordered arrived a little over two weeks later, which was a pretty lengthy delivery time compared to most other mouthpieces.
The Mouthpiece Fitting Process
I had already read that the fitting process was a little trickier than other MADs, so my wife and I made a point to take care of this right away so they would be ready for the evening. Deciding which setting to use took a very long time. With most mouthpieces, we could have tried it for the night and then refitted it the next day if it wasn’t quite right. Since you don’t get second chances with the setting, we probably spent well over an hour just trying all three options.
That night, I did appreciate that I spent so much time on the fitting because it really did feel tailored to my mouth. My wife said the same thing about her device. The material felt smooth against my gums. I did drool a little, but I usually do with a new MAD.
The next morning, we both felt well-rested. Our teenage son said he didn’t hear any snoring from us at all. My wife said her jaw was really sore. I could tell she wished she would have gone with a different setting, but she didn’t dare admit that to me. I cleaned both mouthpieces while she made breakfast, and I will say that the many crevices of this highly customized piece did demand a little more attention.
PureSleep continued to be an effective stop snoring solution for the full seven-day trial period. By the fourth morning, my wife said her jaw was not nearly as sore. Overall, we had a positive experience, but the fitting and cleaning processes were two things we were not crazy about.
Considering the custom fit you get, pricing is pretty good. The price is $59.90, and for now, you get two for the price of one. You do not have to pay for them upfront though. You pay $9.95 to cover shipping. You have 30 days to try the device before your credit card gets charged. If it’s not for you, you send them back and the only charge you have paid for is shipping. However, if it takes a few weeks to get to you, you do need to make your decision quickly.
Is PureSleep the Best Option for You?
PureSleep is a well-made, durable, and moderately priced MAD. However, for just $20 more, you could try ZQuiet, which in my opinion is more comfortable and easier to take care of. Plus, it also has a 30-day trial period. So, you pay $9.95 upfront and your card doesn’t get charged $79.95 until the 35th day.
If you prefer a stationary device instead of one that is flexible, Zyppah would be a good option, too. Its streamlined design takes up minimal space in your mouth, and it has a rubber strap that holds your tongue in place. It does cost $89.95, so it is technically $10 more than ZQuiet, but shipping is free, so it balances out.
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