Anti-Snoring Pillows: How Effective is it?

By Jomvie Reyes - PTRP, RN, MN

Anti snore pillows–A good night sleep will always make your day right. But, how will you get enough sleep if you’re always awakened by your partner in the middle of your deep sleep or you are just simply awakened by your own snore.  A clinical psychologist and a sleep expert Michael Breus, PhD, says,” Pillows can not only impact the quality of our sleep, but also how healthfully we rest and recharge.”

Anti-snore or Anti-sleep?

So, how does an anti-snore pillow helps you get a better sleep? Do you think it’s time to get a new pillow?

Before we do that, let’s dice it first bits by bits to fully understand what is so favorable with this anti-snore pillow. Anti-snore pillows have been developed to apparently help manage the snoring problem by keeping the neck and shoulder firm thus preventing the obstruction of the airway. There have been reports of benefits of improvement in the quality of sleep and minimizing the snoring.

But there is also a significant number among the respondents that say this device doesn’t work for them. Anti-snore pillows suits to those who sleep on their back and sides and some anti-snore pillow helps encourage back sleepers to sleep on their sides.

Its purpose is to hold the head, neck and shoulders aligned to keep your chin lifted off from your chest to promote an open airway. If you can notice, some stuffy pillows will give you headache or a pain in the back, if it’s too thin, it will give you some discomfort on your neck and shoulders and other underlying discomforts once you wake up from your sleep.

One expert says that, “A bad pillow won’t be the cause of any of these problems, but using the incorrect method can certainly exacerbate many of the underlying problems linked to these symptoms,” Andrew Hecht, MD, co-chief of spine surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York.

What is your Size?

Before you can snuggle with this fluffy stuff, there are some considerations to take before you go shopping for pillows.

Our main goal here is to keep hold of “neutral alignment” in your head.

In which your head sits squarely on the shoulders without bending it too far to your back and not too forward in front.

Here are the following guidelines:

  • Back sleeper. If you sleep on your back, you probably need a thinner pillow, so that your head don’t get thrown far too forward.
  • Side sleeper. If you are fond of sleeping on your side, you will need a firm pillow to fill the gap between your ear and outside shoulder.
  • Stomach sleeper. For stomach sleepers, you will need a very thin an almost flat kind of pillow. Actually, stomach sleepers do not need to snuggle with pillows; instead, you will only need to tuck a pillow under your stomach to avoid any back injury.

There are lots of anti-snore pillow promising you to have a good night’s sleep both you and your partner. Just to remind you, this kind of product will only help support your head and neck alignment to keep your airway open fully.

Some might still find it not comforting, however, for some reason other people find this device to  be of great help. In any case, it is always best to consult to a medical professional for proper management and treatment.

Last Updated: November 12, 2013


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