We all know restful sleep is important, but a good night’s sleep can be incredibly difficult for people who snore.
There are lots of anti-snoring solutions on the market - from mouth guards to nasal strips. Sometimes snorers even get surgery to solve their snoring woes.
Then, there are wedge pillows. A non-invasive, natural solution that can help snorers get the sleep they need without sacrificing convenience and comfort.
Why do people snore?
The UK is full of snorers. The British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association says that 41.5% of UK adults snore - that’s about 15 million people.
Snoring usually happens when the body relaxes during sleep and the tongue, mouth, throat or airways vibrate as they breathe, according to the NHS. A condition called sleep apnoea can also lead to snoring by temporarily blocking airways.
People who are overweight, smoke, drink too much alcohol, or sleep on their backs are more likely to snore.
The BSSAA has a helpful online self-diagnosis tool that helps people determine why they snore and provides potential anti-snore solutions.
How does a wedge pillow help with snoring?
Sleep position often plays a role in why people snore, especially for those who suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea.
Gravity can cause the tongue and muscles in the back of the throat to slightly fall back and cause snoring.
For back sleepers, the effects of gravity seem to be more prevalent than side sleepers, but it’s difficult to get in the habit of sleeping in a different position, according to the BSSAA.
That’s where devices like wedge pillows can be useful for back and side sleepers.
A wedge pillow is a triangular-shaped pillow with a tapered incline.
A wedge pillow elevates the head and shoulders a little higher to gently alleviate pressure on the back of the throat and keep airways clear. The extra support from a wedge pillow can put the body in the optimal sleep position without straining the neck or shoulders.
How to use a wedge pillow for snoring
Wedge pillows come in different sizes, heights, and materials.
Bed wedges can be used by both back and side sleepers. You can even get them to cross the whole width of your bed if both you and your partner suffer with snoring. Bed wedges also reduce acid reflux and can help with other conditions.
At night, keep your head, neck, and shoulders aligned on the wedge pillow to prevent tension. It is recommended you use your current pillow on-top of the wedge to support your neck, head and shoulders.
A 2021 product review in The Independent recommended pairing a Putnams bed wedge with a specially designed anti-snore pillow to achieve the optimal environment to stop snoring.
Experience restful sleep with a Putnams wedge pillow
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