Anti-Snoring Pillows are pillows designed specifically to help stop snoring. There are a few main differences between these types of pillows and regular pillows, mostly in shape… though they are often made from hypoallergenic material as well, to counteract any chance of any sort of allergy-related snoring from occurring.
How Are Anti-Snoring Pillows Meant To Work?
Anti-Snoring pillows are among the easiest of stop snoring devices to use. But, they also come with some downsides.
They are basically designed to help keep the neck, spine, and airway straightened out in such a way that the upper airway maintains a ‘tighter’ position. This, in theory, is supposed to help keep the soft lining of the throat from collapsing in and causing an obstruction… which is how the pillow is designed to help stop snoring.
There are many different types of stop snoring pillows on the market today, and most of them can be broken down into four distinct categories. There are…
- Wedge Pillows
- Contour Pillows
- Latex Foam Pillows
- CPAP Pillows (designed to be easily used by people wearing a CPAP Mask)
All of these pillows approach the problem with slightly different styles, with the exception of the CPAP Pillows. These pillows are simply meant to work well with CPAP masks that people use for Sleep Apnea Therapy.
Do We Believe That Anti-Snoring Pillows Can Help?
Anti-Snoring pillows certainly have their place in the market, though they tend to be less effective than other, more direct snoring remedies. Mandibular advancement devices, tongue stabilization devices, and even stop snoring chin straps all tend to act more directly upon the upper airway than stop snoring pillows.
Who Could Benefit From A Product Like This?
The people who are most likely to benefit from this type of product include people who…
- Suffer from a mild to moderate snoring problem
- Don’t want to put anything in their mouth or stick anything to their face if they don’t have to
- Want to try something super easy to use, just in case it works
- Love to sleep with high quality pillows anyway, because stop snoring pillows are usually not much more expensive than regular quality pillows
Who Should Avoid Using Anti-Snoring Pillows?
People who cannot use regular pillows due to shoulder, neck, or back problems should probably not consider this a viable option.
Otherwise, there really isn’t much of a limit as to who could at least try this solution out. Anti-Snoring pillows are pretty easy to use and could feasibly work for just about anyone who uses a regular pillow.
Consumer Views Found Online
Consumer reviews of the most popular anti-snoring pillows reveal that they can be quite helpful. The main problem, of course, is that they do not always stop snoring problems. Some people complain that certain types of stop-snoring pillows are also uncomfortable, but this is really an individual quandary.
Some people like hard pillows, some like soft pillows, some like wedge-shaped pillows, some like latex pillows, some like contoured pillows, etc. Everyone has things that they like or don’t like, and pillows are a very individual-type product—so the reviews for stop snoring pillows do seem to reflect a lot of personal taste (or distaste, depending on how you look at it).
How Much Should I Spend When Buying An Anti-Snoring Pillow?
Anti-Snoring Pillows range in price from $25 to $300, or even more if you start getting into ‘smart pillows.’ When shopping for a stop snoring pillow, we generally recommend starting with options in the $50 range, and working your way up from there. You can usually find very good products in the $100 range, and sometimes buying even more expensive options are worth it—but it kind of depends on what you are used to.
If you are used to buying the cheapest pillows you can find, then we would recommend starting off at around $50 to $60. You will likely be AMAZED by a pillow in this price range if you are used to cheap versions from a retail chain (seriously, you get what you pay for with pillows sometimes).
On the other hand, if you are used to spending $40 or more on pillows when you buy them, then you will probably be more impressed by quality products in the $80-$100 range.
You can always try the bigger, better, more expensive options too, and sometimes they really turn out to be worth the money. But you never really know with this kind of product until you try it. It really is so individualistic. Everyone is a little bit different.
What Are The Alternatives?
If a stop snoring pillow doesn’t work for you, and if you find yourself wishing to find another easy-to-use, non-invasive option, then nasal strips or nasal dilators could help. MADs and TSDs are the top options—but they will require you to put a mouth guard in your mouth and keep it there throughout the night if you wish to see any benefits.
Overall, Anti-Snoring Pillows are not our favorite first choice, especially for the money. You can buy a good TSD for the same price as a good anti-snoring pillow, and it will be far more likely to work.
But… these products are super non-invasive, and people sometimes feel better about giving them a try first before moving onto another method, and that is kind of where the strong point of this product can be found.