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Anti-Snoring Pillows

Can a pillow really stop your snoring? What types of anti-snoring pillow are available and which one is best for you?

Addressing the problems with your sleeping position is a great excuse to invest in a new pillow. There are many specialist pillows available that are designed to stop your snoring in different ways, so it’s best to do some research first.

First, ask yourself what you want the pillow to do. There are many different types with a variety of functions:

A bad sleeping position massively increases your risk of snoring. If you sleep on your back, gravity compresses your airway and sends your tongue and jaw backwards, all leading to a greater chance of obstruction and noise.

Though they are effective for many people, specialist pillows don’t work for everybody. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, pillows are only usually effective if you have the mild or moderate form.

1. Pillows to encourage side sleeping

Some pillows have ridges to encourage users to roll onto their side like the Posiform Anti-Snore pillow (pictured).

These have proven effective in clinical trials through reducing snoring and apnea events triggered by back-sleeping [1].

“[Using a head positioning pillow] both snoring severity and snoring index were found to be significantly improved in normal-weight patients.”

Many people unaccustomed to sleeping on their side find it uncomfortable. Some pillows address this and promote side sleeping with a triangular shape, or by allowing you to insert your arm into a hole built into it.

Not all pillows have to be for your head. Anti-snoring back pillows that behave like a backpack can also be very effective at preventing you from rolling onto your back.Sometimes, clever configuration of normal pillows can help you to sleep on your side. Read Michael’s story, a SnoreLab user who came up with a creative way of using a camping pillow to keep him sleeping on his side.

2. Wedge pillows


“Though experimenting with SnoreLab, I’ve found that by simply raising my head with a wedge pillow, I can cut my snoring by more than half!”
If you always revert to sleeping on your back, fear not. A foam wedge pillow allows you to sleep on your back whilst effectively reducing your snoring.

Wedge pillows prevent you from being entirely flat – the position where your airway is most prone to obstruction and snoring.

Studies have found that even slightly elevating your head can have dramatic effects on both snoring and sleep apnea, with patients showing an average 32% reduction in their AHI score [2].

Indeed, our own findings back this up. SnoreLab has found that the humble wedge pillow can yield dramatic reductions in Snore Score.

 

Read Fiona’s story, a SnoreLab user who dramatically improved her snoring after we recommended her a wedge pillow.

Many other users have also contacted us about their wedge pillows. We received this App Store review:

“When I first started using SnoreLab, my Snore Score was anywhere between 50 and 96. I started to try some of the different remedies. So I bought a wedge pillow and in one night my Snore Score went down to near zero and has stayed near zero ever since using the pillow. I had seen three doctors, two specialists, one dentist and had a sleep study conducted – they all pointed me to dental appliances which I had trouble wearing. No one had suggested a wedge pillow. Thank you SnoreLab!”

Side note: wedge pillows also help acid reflux

Reflux is where stomach acid comes back into your esophagus and throat causing irritation, disrupting sleep and sometimes influencing snoring in the case of “airway reflux”. If you suspect reflux has a part to play in your snoring, make sure you check out our four-hour-fast technique to your evening meal worsening youre snoring.

 

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Memory Foam Wedge Pillows

3. CPAP mask pillows

CPAP pillows have cutaways in the sides allowing space for CPAP masks. These significantly improve the comfort of wearing a CPAP mask by lessening the pressure and misalignment that a standard pillow can cause.

Whilst these pillows don’t show a direct impact on apnea reduction [3], they can make wearing a CPAP mask much more comfortable.

The indirect benefits of this are massive; one of the main problems with CPAP is that people don’t stick to it. This bit of added comfort can make the difference between giving up or persisting.

 

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CPAP pillows

4. Realignment pillows

“This pillow is amazing! Not only is it comfortable and helped my neck pain and headaches, but it has reduced the snoring too!”

Many people sleep with a pillow that puts their head either too high or too low which can cause plenty of niggling problems.

There are multiple pillows available that align the head and neck correctly to prevent airway compression. This “cervical positioning” technique can improve snoring as well as producing better sleep and reducing awakenings [4].

 

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Cervical repositioning pillows

5. Smart pillows

 

“This product is amazing, it really works to cut snoring. Several times, my scores were off the charts compared to other users, but with Smart Nora, they dropped off incredibly!”

 

Smart pillows detect snoring and act to stop it. Some pillows vibrate, effectively becoming a snore alarm, whereas others move to stimulate your airways.

A revolutionary new system is the Smart Nora device.

This isn’t actually a pillow. Instead, it manipulates your current pillow. It consists of three main parts: an inflatable insert that fits underneath your ordinary pillow, a pump and a bedside unit (pebble) that listens for snoring.

When you snore, the pebble detects this sound and sends information to the insert which then inflates under your pillow. This gently moves your head, bringing back some muscular tone to your airways so they can open up, shutting down snoring. It does this all whilst keeping you and your partner undisturbed and sleeping peacefully.

 

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Conclusion

Bad breathing and the snoring it brings can be the result of bad sleeping positions. If you consider that snoring is a problem with your head and neck, it makes sense to address the thing your head and neck are resting on for one third of your life!

By using SnoreLab to gain insights into your snoring, you should have a good idea of what you want a pillow to do. Whether you want to turn onto your side, stay on your back, get better comfort from a CPAP mask or just sleep more comfortably, there are huge selection of pillows to choose from the could make a huge difference to your snoring.

Smart Nora Review

Product Reviews, Solutions

Smart Nora Review

Smart Nora is a revolutionary snoring solution: a smart, non-invasive anti-snoring device that can have great results for every type of snorer.

Whatever causes your snoring, Smart Nora can help. Whether you sleep on your back, side or front, breathe through your mouth or nose, are obese or normal weight, Smart Nora’s unique anti-snoring approach can help you.

This advanced, different and fantastically comfortable snoring solution is entirely contact-free. The intelligent system detects your snoring and moves under your pillow to gently stimulate your airways and nip snoring in the bud!

At $359, Smart Nora isn’t the cheapest snoring solution, but it may be the last one you buy. SnoreLab has teamed up with Smart Nora to get you $20 off your purchase with the code SLN20.

Additionally, if after trying Smart Nora you feel it isn’t right for you, simply return it within 30 days under the 30-night money-back guarantee.

What is Smart Nora?

Smart Nora consists of three parts:

  1. Expander – an inflatable insert that slots underneath your ordinary pillow
  2. Pump
  3. Pebble – the smart bedside unit that carefully listens for snoring

If you had to categorize it, Smart Nora falls into the pillow category of snoring remedies. But the Smart Nora system isn’t actually a pillow. Instead, it manipulates your current pillow, gently moving your head when it detects snoring.

With Smart Nora, you needn’t change your current pillow. You certainly don’t have to change the way you sleep either. Unlike many pillow-based solutions, Smart Nora doesn’t coax you into a new sleeping position. Smart Nora works for back, side and front sleepers alike, meaning no lengthy training phase.

We received an email from a SnoreLab user who showed us the dramatic changes Smart Nora had made to their snoring:

“This product is amazing, it really works to cut snoring. I guarantee that I have sleep apnea. In-fact, I think I am one of those people who almost broke the scale on your app with my snoring. Several times, my scores were off the charts compared to other users, but with Smart Nora, they dropped off incredibly.”

Other users reported similar results when using Smart Nora, some cutting their Snore Score by 75%:

“I use SnoreLab to track my snoring and on average, my Snore Score was in the mid-sixties for four months straight.  After getting and using Smart Nora I now average sixteen. Highly recommended!”

How Smart Nora Works

When you snore, Smart Nora gently moves your head to stop your snoring before it becomes loud enough to wake your partner:

  1. The pebble – the brain of the Smart Nora system – detects snoring and remotely sends this information to the expander.
  2. The silent pump inflates the expander under your pillow.
  3. The expander gently moves your head to stop snoring.

This system works on your relaxed airway. A snore is the sound of your airway vibrating because it has narrowed and air cannot pass freely. Your airway narrows when the muscles in your head and neck relax, a perfectly normal thing that happens to everyone when they fall asleep.

By gently moving your head, Smart Nora brings back some muscular structure to your airway, briefly reducing the amount that it has relaxed, now allowing air to flow freely.

Smart Nora is suitable for all snorers as it uniquely addresses snoring’s fundamentals. Whether you are a tongue, nose or mouth snorer, sleep on your back or side, have allergies or a cold, Smart Nora doesn’t discriminate.

Smart Nora is different to other anti-snoring devices

It is ideal for the snorer who has tried everything

What if you don’t know why you snore? What if you feel like you have gone through every remedy available and nothing works? Many effective snoring solutions are available, but they usually address only one type of snoring and snorer.

There are many causes of snoring. Identifying your cause can be a complicated task, particularly if you snore for many reasons.

Unlike any other anti-snoring device available, Smart Nora tackles snoring’s common denominator: your relaxed airway. This innovative new approach represents a sea-change in anti-snoring technology.

It doesn’t wake you or your partner

Smart Nora only activates when it detects snoring, but this is no snore alarm. Snore alarms do just that, they alarm you! Constantly waking up throughout the night is hardly conducive to a good night’s sleep.

Smart Nora isn’t designed to wake you up. Its movements are noticed by your airway muscles without being consciously noticed by you.

Further, the device doesn’t wait for a full-blown, window-rattling snore before it kicks in. Instead, the system activates just as snoring begins, stopping you from reaching the volume that wakes your partner and causes fights in the morning.

It is comfortable and non-invasive

Because Smart Nora is comfortable and non-invasive, it is a much easier snoring remedy to stick with. Snoring remedies only work when used, and therein lies the problem – adherence. People often stop using conventional remedies because they are too uncomfortable and can’t get used to them.

Sleep is a time of rest and recuperation. The last thing you feel like doing is applying something complicated and uncomfortable. With Smart Nora, you needn’t do so. Comfortable, non-invasive remedies like Smart Nora are the answer, where the time before and during sleep feels no different to normal. The difference comes in the morning when you feel more rested.

Conclusion

With Smart Nora, you can go to bed as you would do normally: with your own pillow and a merciful lack of straps and buckles or things that pull, push, suck and blow.

Simply place the detector pebble next to your bed, slot the expander into whatever pillow you want, plug in and go! Its sleek, minimalist design fits neatly into any bedroom and can be packed up and transported anywhere in its stylish felt case.

Smart Nora offer a 30-day full return guarantee, and with SnoreLab you can get $20 off your purchase with the code SLN20. So, to truly switch-off in comfort and silence, consider switching on the truly revolutionary Smart Nora.

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Anti-Snoring Pillow Success – Fiona’s Story

User Stories

Anti-Snoring Pillow Success – Fiona’s Story

We like to hear from our users and find out how they use the app and what they have done to combat their snoring. With these user stories, we hope you can pick up some great tips and gain some motivation to address your snoring too. This user story comes from Fiona, who left a review on Google Play and answered our snoring questionnaire …

Scared to speak too soon but I think I’ve cured myself in five days flat with this app.

I’m fifty years old and in full health. I’d never snored until about two months ago when this snoring like a saw mill came on all of a sudden with no obvious explanation. I wasn’t sure what started it; whether it was age related, weight gain or breathing problems, I just didn’t know.

Sometimes, I did wake myself up with the noise, but I’ve been a good sleeper for as long as I can remember so was mostly oblivious to my new-found snoring ability. It was my partner who was suffering as even without the snoring, he’s already quite a light sleeper.

It got to the point where I had to try some remedies. I did an online search for some snoring remedies and found a few things I wanted to give a go.

Firstly, I tried some snoring rings that had acupressure dots on them; I bought one and then another to wear both together but they had no effect.

Then I tried Nytol throat spray which didn’t taste great. I also tried Vicks on my chest and some nasal strips; they did help me breathe a bit better but the snoring stubbornly stayed.

Nearing the end of his tether, my partner intervened and started taking away my pillows as he though I should sleep flatter. But this was just too uncomfortable for me. I normally sleep on my back with two pillows so to sleep flat felt awful. But at this point, I thought I’d try anything.

Even if he made me turn onto my side I would still snore, even with my mouth closed! I thought sleeping on my side with a closed mouth was meant to stop snoring!

That’s when I downloaded the SnoreLab app. I tried it for a couple of nights and could no longer argue that my snoring probably wasn’t that bad. I left a review on Google Play …

“Don’t like this app, because now I can’t deny to my partner that I do actually snore like a steam train! I can hear it for myself, OMG! Hopefully I can monitor this further and get some tips to decrease the problem”

SnoreLab replied to my review and offered a questionnaire they were making to help people identify their snoring triggers and things that might help.

The questionnaire made me aware of having one nostril always more blocked than the other, so I thought about seeing a doctor about potential nasal polyps and tried some steaming to clear my nose a bit more.

I was also recommended a wedge pillow to elevate my head. I saw on the app that this could let me still sleep on my back but in a more elevated position so I was drawn to this idea. I couldn’t find a wedge pillow in my local stores so bought a V pillow instead.

My partner and I had slept in separate beds for a week previous, so I decided to put this pillow to the test for the first time in a shared bed. He didn’t wake up once! Result! I found the position comfortable as I could go back to my preferred sleeping position. It’s also quite firm so my head was nicely elevated which given me instant success.

Thank you to the developers of SnoreLab. It has saved me from being bludgeoned by my partner! I’m continuing to monitor my snoring with the app as I don’t want to let things slip. For now, I’m sleeping so well and so is my partner.

Head elevation has shown to be a simple but very effective way of reducing snoring, particularly if you are a dedicated back sleeper. You can read more about sleeping position and its impact on snoring here, and check out SnoreLab’s recommended memory foam wedge pillow here.

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