How Finding the Right Pillow Can Help You Stop Snoring
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 | Amy
Have you been told that you're a frequent snorer? Perhaps you sleep beside somebody who snores (or, more accurately, you may find yourself lying awake at night beside somebody who snores). If you or a loved one suffers from frequent or occasional snoring, then using the right pillow can drastically reduce this, and may even eradicate it altogether.
By using certain types of pillows, you can control your snoring, allowing you and your loved one to enjoy a silent sleep night after night. Whether you are looking for a pillow for yourself, or as a gift for a loved one to offer them some gentle encouragement to take action against their snoring, here at Health and Care we've a range of pillows that will be perfect for your requirements.
What Is Snoring?
With one in four people in England alone frequently snoring, most of us are all too familiar with the almost-inconceivable sleep-stoppering vibrations that keep many of us awake at night. However, what exactly is snoring?
In short, snoring occurs when there is a vibration of soft tissue in the head and neck while breathing in and out. These areas include the nasal passages, soft palate in the roof of the mouth, and the tonsils. Airways relax and narrow while you sleep, and varying air pressure can cause this tissue to vibrate, resulting in the action we know as snoring.
How Can an Ill-Fitting Pillow Cause Snoring?
If your pillow does not fit with the way in which you sleep, it can have detrimental effects for your breathing, and, in turn, can encourage you to snore while you rest. Even if you feel comfortable when you lie down, you may actually be misaligned, thus resulting in obstructions to airflow.
By finding a pillow that fits your body shape and positions you with both comfort and support, this can help to align you so that airflow can be improved. This will allow you to breathe more easily, thus reducing the risk of snoring.
Can a Pillow Stop Me from Snoring Altogether?
In milder cases of snoring, such as when snoring occurs purely as a result of poor positioning, using a suitable pillow may be able to stop you from snoring altogether.
However, it is worth noting that posture and positioning may not be causing snoring alone. Other factors, such as smoking, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, and being overweight, can significantly increase your chances of snoring. Enjoying a healthier lifestyle can help you to reduce this risk.
Which Pillows Are Right for Me?
To help you decide which kind of pillow will be right for you, we've selected a few pillows to help stop snoring. You can also find out more information about each pillow by clicking on the relevant pillow image.
Harley White Bed Relaxer Bed Wedge Support Cushion
The Harley White Bed Relaxer Bed Wedge Support Cushion provides versatile support both when you are sitting upright and lying down. It is particularly useful for anybody who finds it uncomfortable to sleep while lying flat, and is ideal if you have a hiatus hernia, suffer from respiratory conditions or acid reflux, or are recovering from a neck, shoulder, or back injury.
Due to the wedge shape of the cushion, it positions you at an angle whereby your air can flow more freely, thus reducing the risk of those noisy vibrations against your soft tissue. Simple yet effective in design, the Harley Bed Wedge Support Cushion is a perfect choice for anybody looking for improved comfort and support while reducing snoring.
Therapeutica Spinal Alignment Sleeping Pillow
Ergonomically designed and shaped to fit the natural curves of your shoulders, the Therapeutica Spinal Alignment Sleeping Pillow improves comfort while also providing you with correct postural support. This can help to reduce back and neck pain, allowing you to achieve a more restful and rewarding sleep.
As many snorers sleep on their back, the Therapeutica Sleeping Pillow will be ideal for providing this supportive positioning; it will prevent your head from being pushed too far forward, allowing you to continue sleeping in the way you know and love while reducing your chances of snoring.
Mattress Genie Adjustable Mattress Tilter
If you're looking for support that's a little more luxurious, the Mattress Genie Adjustable Mattress Tilter boasts a wide range of benefits for while you sleep. The fully adjustable bed wedge transforms your normal mattress into a reclining mattress in under a minute, allowing you to sit up in bed or lie down at a comfortable angle.
As it is adjustable, you can inflate the wedge to an angle that best suits your needs. By elevating your positioning, it can help with acid reflux, nasal congestion, and snoring. From sitting up in bed while you rest before sleeping, to keeping you slightly propped up at a comfortable and supportive angle throughout the night, the Mattress Genie can improve your positioning to help give you and your loved ones a peaceful sleep.
Now that you know which pillows may work for you, you may wish to find out more about them. You can view each pillow in turn by clicking on the relevant images above, or by following this link to view our full range of products to help prevent and reduce snoring.