In order to understand how the snoring pillow works, it is first important to understand what causes snoring. Snoring occurs when the upper airway (that is, the throat) is partially obstructed or blocked. During sleep, the muscles in the throat relax. If the muscles relax to the point where the air passage is narrowed (that is, blocked with tissue), snoring occurs.
Mild snoring has no significant health consequences although it can annoy ones sleep partner, but very loud snoring or snoring that is interrupted by periods of not breathing at all may be symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea and should be evaluated by a doctor. The snoring pillow aims at changing or improving posture during sleep to keep the airways intact. Using the Snoring Pillow for Back Sleepers
Since 60% of snorers snore only when they are on their backs, most times the snoring pillow is aimed at either opening the airway while a person lies on his or her back, or on encouraging snorers to lie on their sides.
One example of a snoring pillow for back sleepers is the Obus Forme Anti Snore Pillow, available commercially for around $100, which claims to offer support to the neck and head and promote correct alignment of the spine.
Another concept for a snoring pillow for back sleepers is the Snore Stopper Chin Pillow. This light-weight pillow is worn around the neck to keep the chin off of the chest during sleep. The Snore Stopper Chin Pillow costs around $40.
Finally, some pillows for back snorers are intended to prevent the snorer from sleeping on his or her back at all. Dr. Parkers 14-Night Quiet Sleep Training Program, for instance, introduces a cushion that makes it uncomfortable to rest on ones back. Users are also provided with a video and with written information about reducing snoring. Dr. Parkers Program retails for around $65.
Snoring Pillows for Side Sleepers
Since snoring can occur even when one is resting on ones side, some snoring pillows claim to improve posture and reduce snoring in side snorers as well as back snorers. One example is the No Snore Pillow, available for about $30. The No Snore Pillow claims to promote good posture in both back and side sleepers. In side sleepers, it claims to keep the jaw forward and the neck from twisting during sleep.
Sometimes, eliminating snoring can be a simple matter of changing ones posture. A snoring pillow is a relatively inexpensive treatment for an annoying, socially embarrassing problem.