Snoring is a problem that affects thousands of people, both those who are doing the snoring as well as those who are awakened by their snoring partners. In some cases a different kind of pillow can help to alleviate or eliminate snoring. There are a number of pillows available on the market; the way to find the best pillow for you is to try the different pillows. These products are designed for people who sleep on their side, back or combination of the two.
Side Sleeper Pillow
The Sona Pillow is the only pillow cleared by the FDA as a treatment for mild sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is when periods of snoring are interrupted by periods of obstructed breathing. Since this pillow does help mild sleep apnea, it does have an effect on snoring. This product is meant to be used on the side only, a position which helps the jaw fall open naturally. This keeps the natural airway open, reducing snoring. This pillow requires a break-in period while it conforms to the body of the sleeper.
Back Sleeper Pillow
The Sleep Innovations memory foam contour pillow is designed for back sleepers with a snoring problem. This pillow sports a design that supports the head and neck, keeping them in alignment with the spine. The idea behind this pillow is that if the head is being supported properly, airways remain open and snoring is then reduced.
Combined Side and Back Sleeper Pillows
The Brookstone Anti-Snore pillow has zones that are for those who sleep in a combination of back and side positions. Back sleepers rest their head in the center of the pillow. This keeps the chin away from the chest, leaving the airways open in a natural position. The side zones create better alignment for the head, neck and shoulders. Similar to the Sona pillow, which is made of memory foam, this pillow contours to the shape of the head and neck to provide optimal support.
Choosing A Pillow
The key to reducing snoring is to be able to keep the airways open in a natural position. Notice in what position you fall asleep as well as wake up. If you toss and turn throughout the night trying to find that perfect position, chances are it is because your pillow is causing you discomfort. By noticing the positions when falling asleep and waking up, you can choose the pillow that best suits your needs.