Anti-Snoring Pillows: Do They Work?
You snooze…you win? With anti-snoring pillows you just might come out on top, well rested and snoring less, at least according to the companies producing and marketing them.
Are anti-snoring pillows a dream come true? Here are the claims, the science behind them, and whether an anti-snore pillow might mean a better (and quieter) rest for you and those you love.
What is a “Snore Pillow”? Do You Need One?
Snore pillows (or anti-snore/anti-snoring pillows) are special pillows designed to hold your head and neck in alignment and provide firm support so that, at least theoretically, you snore less.
Snoring can be made worse when the neck is crimped or the head and neck are not aligned properly. This is because the cramped positioning partially blocks the flow of air from your nose, through your throat and down toward your lungs.
Snoring can appear suddenly or may be made worse if your sleep position isn’t conducive to an easy flow of air at night. While you sleep, your muscles – including those in your mouth and throat – relax. This means even someone without obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may snore. But if you already have OSA, or some form of snoring, the condition could become even worse if your positioning isn’t correct.
Anti-snore pillows seek to correct this problem. By keeping everything in alignment, it should be easier for air to get through while you rest.
Are Snore Pillows for Everyone?
Like other physical snoring devices, anti-snore pillows can help certain types of snoring. This means they’re not for everyone, but if alignment and air flow are your issue, they just may be the ticket.
An anti-snore pillow is suggested for people who:
- Find it difficult to get into a comfortable sleep position at night.
- Wake up with neck and/or shoulder pain.
- Wake up with a headache.
- Have been seen by a doctor, who has ruled out obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or another issue that requires medical treatment.
A snore pillow might not work for you if:
- You have untreated or ineffectively treated allergies or asthma.
- Other sleep positioners have not worked for you.
- Your snoring is extremely loud and/or deep, and you wake in the night choking for air.
- Your spouse or another observer has told you that you have nighttime episodes of no breathing at all for several seconds to a minute.
Where Can You Go to Find an Anti-Snore Pillow?
If you’re ready to take the plunge (or the snooze!), make sure you’re trying a product that:
- Has a number (at least 50, if possible) overall POSITIVE reviews on a well-known, frequently used vendor site, such as Amazon.
- Has reviews that appear natural, with a comparatively small number of “I received this product in exchange for a positive review” notations.
- Comes with a money-back guarantee and an exchange policy.
- Is sold by a vendor who has been in business for a solid period of time.
- Is hypoallergenic and/or organic, for those who have these preferences/needs.
- Is Latex-free, for people with Latex allergy or suspected Latex allergy.
- States a support level as “firm.” A pillow that is too soft will not usually help with keeping your head and neck straight; you need firmness to keep things in place.
You can also go through a vendor’s/retailer’s site. Do your homework – make sure the retailer is well-known (this is easy to Google) and has been in business for a period of years. See whether you can find unsolicited reviews of the retailer’s products and the retailer (use Google or Bing). Make sure the rest of the bulleted items above apply.
Which Anti-Snore Pillow is “The Best”?
We can’t tell you which anti-snoring pillow will work best for you. Different pillows address different needs and specifics. You are an individual, so you will want to try out several pillows if possible to find the one that is best for you.
You may also find a combination method works well: for example, a mouth guard plus a great, supportive pillow.
Remember: the better you sleep, the better you’ll perform during the day, and the more positive your health can be over the long-term. Have a review for a GREAT anti-snore pillow? Send it to us! We may feature your review in an upcoming article on stopsnoringrx.com.