We all want more restful sleep, but snoring is a common complaint, especially with couples. Whether it’s you or your partner, reducing snoring is definitely a good idea, and the right pillow can help you snore less—or not at all. Let us help you pick the perfect pillow.
The right pillows do more than just reduce snoring. They can also help improve sleep and posture for better, more active days. The less you snore the better you sleep, and the same is true for your partner. Better sleep helps your mental function, mood, and overall health considerably, making it a worthwhile investment into your health.
Not all snoring is induced by the same physiology. What works for your friend may not be the best option for you, so make sure to experiment with different types of pillows and sleeping positions. While the right pillows can completely eliminate snoring for some, they may only reduce it in others.
Why We Snore
It’s helpful to understand just what happens when we snore in order to better understand how a pillow can help it. When we sleep, the muscles throughout the body relax, which can narrow the airway and restrict airflow. The tongue begins to slide back as well, further restricting breathing capabilities. These restrictions cause the snore-inducing vibrations.
There are a number of causes for snoring, including the stage of sleep, sleeping position, medication, and alcohol use. It’s important to note, though, that snoring can be a symptom of sleep apnea, a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If you’re having trouble finding a pillow for restful sleep, we recommend checking with your doctor to rule sleep apnea out or provide treatment options so you can sleep stress-free.
Do Certain Positions Make Snoring Worse?
It’s possible to experience snoring regardless of position, though back-sleepers have a higher likelihood of snoring compared to side-sleepers. This is caused by your tongue sliding back to block your airway. Instead of laying completely flat, some back-sleepers choose to sleep propped up to resolve this concern. Side-sleepers are less likely to snore, but it is possible. The difference in body position creates a better sleeping environment, making it less likely for your tongue to move back and airway to shrink.
Top Features of Anti-Snore Pillows
These features may not seem like they make a significant difference, but they do. The best pillow choices will be made with hypoallergenic materials in an ergonomic shape designed for your sleeping position to align your head and shoulders.
Choosing the Right Type of Anti-Snore Pillows
Because a pillow that reduces snoring needs to have the right shape, don’t buy the first pillow you see. Consider the way you sleep, especially if you prefer both back and side sleeping. You want an ergonomic pillow that properly aligns your body in your preferred sleeping position. Let us help you pick the perfect pillow. We are big fans of feather and down, but that may not work for everyone. If you prefer a down alternative, consider our Aquaplush® Hypoallergenic Polyester Pillow. You may also want to consider pillows in different materials and shapes including memory foam, contour, wedge, and cervical support.
- Memory foam pillows are firm and can support your head and neck in the best position to relieve snoring. They adapt to your body’s natural contours, which is one of the best ways to relieve snoring.
- Contour pillows support healthy head, neck, and shoulder alignment with a concave shape. The sides are thicker and firmer than the middle, which helps keep your head in place and your airway open.
- Wedge pillows are one of the best anti-snore options for back-sleepers, as it helps prevent your tongue from slipping back. A wedge pillow is firm and raises your head, neck, and back.
- Cervical support pillows support the cervical area of your spine, found in your neck. This design cradles the neck and head while helping the rest of the spine relax while sleeping.
Sleeping Position Should Determine the Best Sleeping Pillow
Finding snoring relief for you or your partner can be a confusing process due to the variety of options, but these tips can help you find the best anti-snoring pillow for your situation. Remember to take sleeping position and medical concerns into consideration so you can get back to the deep, restful sleep you crave. Checkout our line of luxury hotel quality pillows to discover organic, luxurious pillows designed for restful sleep.
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Updated Links August 2, 2022