Can a Better Pillow Really Help Stop Snoring?

A partner who snores can lead to restless nights and daytime fatigue for both parties, and even fights between couples. While there are many proposed solutions to reduce snoring, one of the most common recommendations is to use a certain type of pillow – but how effective is this? Keep reading to learn more about the science behind the pillows designed to reduce snoring.

What Causes Snoring During Sleep?

Though snoring sounds like it’s coming from the nose, it actually originates in your throat as you breathe. The tissues in your throat relax when you sleep, and they can sometimes obstruct airways. The tissues vibrate as you breathe, causing the deep rumbling associated with snoring. Certain sleep positions tend to result in more snoring, with people who sleep on their back being the worst snorers. This is because when people sleep on their backs, their jaw tends to relax as well, which causes the mouth to open, resulting in even louder snores.

Changing sleep positions can sometimes decrease snoring, but this is tough to do, especially for those who tend to move around during the night. But can sleeping on a different pillow help with snoring?

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How Can A Pillow Decrease Snoring?

As mentioned above, snoring tends to result from a certain positioning of your head, neck and jaw. If a pillow can effectively change the positioning of these body parts, then you can expect it to bring a reduction in snoring. There are many anti-snoring pillows on the market, and they all have the same basic concept: realign the position of the head and neck to help keep your airways clear while you are sleeping. Many people see a reduction in snoring from using these pillows alone, so purchasing an anti-snoring pillow can be an easy and inexpensive step to take before you make an appointment with the doctor. Before buying a pillow, consider your typical sleeping position:

  • Back Sleepers – because back sleepers tend to be the biggest snorers, there are lots of pillows on the market designed for them in mind. Look for one that has a large support cushion under the back of the neck, which will help to properly align the head, neck and jaw. These will also have a concave area for you to rest your head. Anti-snoring pillows for back sleepers are designed to pull your head backwards, align your neck properly, and open up your blocked airways.
  • Side Sleepers – side sleepers can still be culprits when it comes to snoring. Anti-snoring pillows designed for side sleepers are designed so that you fall asleep with your head tilted downward just a bit, which can help position your tongue so that it isn’t blocking your airways.

If snoring is an ongoing issue for you or your partner, don’t lose any more sleep. An anti-snoring pillow might be a quick and easy fix to your nighttime troubles. Because there are other underlying health problems that may causing snoring, these pillows won’t be a solution that works for everyone. If you find that anti-snoring pillows aren’t helping to reduce your snoring, it may be time to check with your doctor to make sure something else isn’t causing the problem.

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