If you have troubles with snoring you have likely heard the well intentioned, yet equally irritating “roll over” command from your mate. Interestingly enough though, rolling over really does help reduce your snoring. In fact, sleeping on your side is one of the best ways to stop snoring.
The problem is that even the best intentioned sleepers will sometimes roll onto their backs. This is where the snoring pillow comes into play.
Snoring pillows are designed to encourage the sleeper to remain in a side-sleeping position. There are many different designs, each one working in a slightly different way.
Here are some of the snoring pillows that are currently on the market, and some information about how they work.
This orthopedically designed pillow is wedge shaped with a reinforced head and neck roll that is designed to help open the airway as you sleep. The wedge shape acts to elevate you as you sleep, changing your center of gravity and reducing the pressure in your throat.
With a specially integrated roller in the center of the pillow, the head-to-side-roller cushion forces you to turn your head one way or the other while sleeping. The roller can be adjusted by using the manual pump (which can also be activated using your mouth) so you can find the level that is most comfortable for your needs.
This pillow is designed to raise the chin off the chest to open the airway and prevent snoring. The unique groove for the shoulder makes it particularly comfortable for sleeping on the side.
Another ergonomically designed pillow, the Blackstone PillowTM is shaped to position the jaw forward so that the airways remain clear and open throughout the night. The pillow is also designed to be more comfortable in a side-sleeping position, encouraging you to remain on your side throughout the night.
A truly unusual design, this pillow is sewn into the back of a pajama shirt. The roll-shaped pillow acts to block you from moving onto you back in a similar fashion to the tennis ball pouch that many people recommend. The benefit is that the pillow shirt is far more comfortable to sleep with, and blocks you from rolling onto your back without subjecting you to a rude awakening.
Much like the Head-to-Side Roller Cushion, the Obus Forme Anti-Snore Pillow has an elevated panel that encourages you to roll to one side or the other. This is combined with an ergonomic design that promotes the opening of the airway as you sleep.
At first glance this ergonomically shaped pillow does not seem all that different from other anti-snore pillows. But it has two unusual features that might be particularly helpful to the incorrigible snorer. First, the pillow has a sound sensor that “hears” you when you snore. This triggers the pillow to vibrate lightly, waking you just enough to stop you from snoring. The second unusual feature is a microphone with the ability to record your snoring. With this you can keep track of how much you snore, and if any treatments you are trying are making a difference.