The purpose of an anti-snoring pillow is to position the body, specifically the neck and head, in such a way that when you sleep the airway is open, the blockage is reduced, and breathing is easier.
Some pillows detect how you sleep with technology by using the sound of your snoring as a guide to position it in a special way, and others are contoured in such a way to achieve this goal.
The design of an anti-snoring pillow is such that the outer area of the pillow is bulkier than the middle, which is thinner.
The concept behind this design is that your head should be lined up with your spine no matter the position you choose to sleep in.
This will ultimately allow your airway to be clear for a full night of snore free sleeping.
What If I Sleep On My Side?
If you like to sleep on your side, as many of us do, there is a pillow with a curving roll on it that goes under the neck which will help keep the jaw in the forward position while sleeping – even on your side.
By allowing the shoulders to stay in the same level position as the head while asleep, this will alleviate any neck pain felt when normally sleeping on the side as well. For the best type of pillow for side sleepers, these curved roll anti-snoring pillows are raised horizontally at the bottom part of the pillow.
There are many different types of pillows for side sleepers, which is why it is important to continually test them until a comfortable pillow is found. Some other types of pillows for side sleepers include an L-shaped pillow, a C-shaped pillow, and a regular rectangular shaped pillow.
What Are They Stuffed With?
Another important factor when choosing a pillow is how it is made. Some pillows are obviously harder than others. What is used to fill the pillow is important.
The pillow should obviously be comfortable and the right thickness or else the design will not matter. If it is too thin or too thick, your head will not be positioned properly.
I have come to notice that if I use a soft pillow, my ears will not hurt as much as when I am using a hard pillow. I have used a hard-anti-snoring pillow many times and have woken up with ear pain.
Anti-snoring pillows come filled with many different types of materials. More common ones are memory foam, polyester fiberfill, or down and feather combinations.
More recently memory foam and latex pillows have become more and more popular due to people seeking additional head and neck support while sleeping.
When choosing a pillow, you should look for different attributes depending on what it is made up of:
- Latex Pillow. This is the hardest pillow you will find on the market, and it actually is mold resistant and dust mite resistant. Due to the hardness, it provides extra neck and back support, but be careful to not sleep on your side with one as it can cause ear pain.
- Wool Pillow and Cotton Pillow. This material will create a hypoallergenic pillow and also mold resistant and dust mite resistant. It is firm also, but not as firm as latex.
- Down Pillow or Feather Pillow. This material is recommended by researchers as the best type of material to sleep well through the night. The inside material of the pillow can be moved and shaped around the head and neck so you can get enough support in that area when and where you want it.
- Memory Foam Pillow. Another popular option for what a pillow is made out of. This type of material is constantly adjusting itself to your face and neck’s shape no matter what position you are in. The most popular shape is the S shape which is used to support the neck. The downside of this type of pillow is it can become hot and sometimes lets off a chemical smell.
- Foam Pillow. This is the most basic type of pillow on the market. The thicker the foam, the higher and harder the support.
Technology has come a long way for anti-snoring pillows. Currently, there are pillows on the market that use magnetic therapy to make sure you are sleeping in the correct position.
One such pillow is the Therion Magnetics Memory Foam pillow.
Magnetic pillows do not only put the user in the proper sleeping position, but they also treat back and neck pain with magnetic therapy.
A two-pronged solution to help you sleep better while relieving stress and pain.
Smart Anti-Snoring Pillows
While ‘old-fashioned’ pillows are still capable of getting the job done smart pillows take things one step further and merge the old design with new technology.
Smart anti-snoring pillows work by being snore activated, that is when the user starts snoring, the pillow shifts horizontally to raise the head.
When initially going to sleep, your head might be 3 inches off the bed, and the moment you start snoring, sensors inside the pillow detect this and will raise the head to a setting chosen which could be anywhere from 5 inches or more.
I have found if you are not a deep sleeper, the movement of the pillow can cause you to wake up.
However, after a period of time you can get used to a snoring activated pillow just like any other device.
What Size Should Be Chosen?
Size in the pillow is very important for snorers. The right size makes sure that the neck is curved and in the proper position during the night. When the neck is too high or too low, the airway could become partially blocked thus leading to snoring.
Women normally use a small or medium sized pillow, while men opt for a large one. If the man is petite, he can go for a medium sized pillow also.
How Effective Are Anti Snore Pillows?
The most important question to answer. If the pillow does not work, then obviously, they are not worth buying.
When looking to buy anti-snoring pillows, if claims are made or research has been shown, make sure you verify who exactly is making these claims and where or what institution has done the research.
Sometimes the studies are actually paid for by anti-snore pillow companies, making them purely a marketing ploy.
When finally deciding to go forward and make the purchase of an anti-snore pillow, make sure you choose a company and product that provides an unconditional money back guarantee.
This gives you the option to purchase, and depending on how effective it is (i.e. not at all), you could return it for a full refund.
There are some positives associated with these pillows that you simply cannot find in other anti-snoring devices.
- If nasal strips or mouthpieces feel intrusive, or if you do not like wearing anything on the head such as a chin strap – anti snoring pillows eliminate all this.
- You sleep exactly as you normally would throughout the night, only with a specially designed pillow rather than your normal pillow. They are not invasive, and there is no meticulous cleaning required.
- With mouthpieces, they sometimes require special cleaning and all require special storage. With pillows, simply wash the cover and keep the pillow on the bed like any other one.
- You also do not need to go thru any type of adjustment period.
- That is to say there is no need to go through any soreness or drooling or finding the right fit.
- The number one and most serious negative is ineffectiveness. This is not the ideal snoring solution. It is not a gimmick, but most people just do not have much success with pillows.
- Another negative is for sleep apnea sufferers, these pillows will not work at all. It will not be enough to alleviate any symptoms.
- Last, there are lot of scammers in the industry selling pillows that have not been proven to work nor have they been thoroughly tested.
Make sure you do your due diligence.
Personally, I have found anti-snoring pillows to work sometimes, but not all the time.
Mouthpieces are reliable and proven effective snoring solutions. Numerous clinical studies have been done on mouthpieces, and they are very similar in price to a pillow; normally less.
MAD (Mandibular Advancement Device) is the go-to solution to stop snoring and backed by users, scientists, and doctors.
Many snorers suffer from what is known as OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea), if you believe or have been diagnosed with OSA make sure you seek medical advice before making any type of purchase to alleviate your snoring.
This is a serious medical condition and must be treated as such.
Overall I would recommend trying one, but do not expect it to be the final solution.
Which Product Should I Choose?
Every person has a unique mouth and needs, so one that is perfect for one person may not be the best option for another.
There are well over 100 products on the market, so making a decision can be quite daunting.
You will find a lot of helpful information in the comparison chart, and I have written reviews of several products.
If you would rather not spend a lot of time reading reviews, please consult my article titled “My Mouthpiece Recommendation”. I have compiled a list of three products that I believe are the best options, based on my experience.