Snoring Pillows – Effective Cure, or Waste of Money?

A ‘magic’ pillow that stops you snoring, just like any other stop snoring device, may work – but only for certain types of people. Maybe it’s an ideal solution for those few who suffer from snoring simply because of their bad sleeping posture.

Sleep posture, as we all know is a key factor because sleeping flat on your back causes the flesh of your throat to relax and blocks the airway. If this is the cause of your snoring then these ‘snoring pillows’ apparently come in all shapes and sizes and you need to buy the one that suits the position that you sleep in.

There are lots of different kinds of anti-snore pillows that cater to those who sleep on their backs, side, and even those who sleep flat on their bellies. Sleep position is sometimes a huge factor that contributes to snoring. Wrong or bad position of the head and the neck during sleep may cause crimping of throat tissues and muscles, which ultimately results to snoring.

Studies show that people who sleep on their backs are very prone to snoring and many snorers in this group find relief from simple home remedies like putting a simple old pillow or even their hand or arm under their chin to help firm up their neck muscles, therefore preventing snoring.

The same idea goes with the science behind a ‘stop snoring pillow’ and many other different kinds of devices. Pillows that elevate the back and prop up the abdomen effectively remedy snorers, helping their airways to open up. Curved shape pillows help support the head and the neck and create a supportive sleeping surface. Another common design is one with a narrow mid section and curved edges, which also helps to hold up the head and neck in a comfortable position where there is lesser risk of snoring.

Anti snore pillows are perhaps ideal solutions for those who are just starting to discover whether their sleeping position is the cause of their snoring or not. They are available virtually everywhere and are very simple to use. As well as preventing snoring spells, they are regarded as very comfortable and promote better and more and more restful sleep – which of course is always very important.

If you want an easy way to try remedy snoring, you could give these pillows a try. But you may be wasting your money if posture is not the cause of the airway problem. The only certain way is to keep that airway clear, whatever the cause. Take professional advice about your requirements – self-cure could be an expensive waste of time as there are many possible causes – and only a few cures – because it’s never that easy.

By John Redfern

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What causes snoring?

If you identify the cause you may find the cure.”

In just the same way as a person may sneeze for several reasons – a bad cold or an allergy are just two examples – snoring can be caused by a variety of different things, or a combination of several of them. Everybody has different reasons as to why they snore but until the cause of the snoring problem is isolated, then it’s difficult to discover the right solution. It’s vital to evaluate the problem and it can be done. The good news is that once you’ve done that, no matter how much or whenever you snore, there’s a solution that can al least reduce it.

The most common causes of snoring are:

  • Age. Your throat narrows as you get older and the ‘muscle tone’ decreases. One result of this, by middle age, is snoring
  • Your build. Men have narrower air passages than women which makes them more likely to snore. Some things such as a narrow throat, a cleft palate, or enlarged adenoids, and other physical attributes that contribute to snoring are often hereditary.
  • Nasal or sinus problems. Blocked airways make inhalation difficult creating a vacuum in the throat, leading to snoring.
  • Overweight or out of shape. Fatty tissue and poor muscle tone contribute to snoring.
  • Alcohol, smoking, and medication. Drinking alcohol, smoking, and certain medications can cause muscle relaxation which often leads to snoring.
  • Sleep posture. Sleeping flat on your back causes the flesh of your throat to relax and blocks the airway.

So the first step to solving a snoring problem is therefore to find the cause of your snoring. Enlist your wife or partner to help you keep a diary of your sleep to monitor your snoring. Observing patterns in your snoring can often help define why you snore, what makes it worse, and how to go about stopping the snoring.

Remember. How you snore often reveals why you snore. It’s crucial to note  the different ways you sleep and snore. Sleep positions reveal a lot, and figuring out how you snore can reveal why you snore. 

Knowing how you snore gets you closer to a cure.

  • Closed-mouth snoring may indicate a problem with your tongue.

  • Open-mouth snoring may be related to the tissues in your throat.

  • Snoring when sleeping on your back is probably mild snoring – improved sleep habits and lifestyle changes may be effective cures.

  • Snoring in all sleep positions can mean your snoring is more severe and may require a more comprehensive treatment.

Finding the right cure for your snoring

This can be the hard part with so many strange anti-snoring devices now being available with more being added all the time. Finding the right solution for your snoring can seem like a daunting task and unfortunately, many of these unusual devices are unproven.

There are, however, plenty of proven techniques to help you to stop. Not every remedy is right for every person so it may require patience, some changes of lifestyle, and a willingness to experiment with different solutions to finally put a stop to your snoring.

By John Redfern

Snoring or ‘Snore Ring’? A Temporary Measure

I hadn’t heard of this type of anti-snoring product until quite recently so a little bit of checking out and ‘googling’ was definitely required in this case. I asked quite a few family and friends, particularly the known snorers amongst them, but these particular items were very much an unknown quantity.

I’m really surprised that so little seemed to be known about ‘Snore Rings’ because frankly there are so many different brands of them available and at such a wide range of prices that surely everyone must be aware. I’ve never seen one anywhere but on checking the internet they would appear to be absolutely everywhere which surprised me.

Apparently they’re even available sometimes in quite a variety of well-known High Street health stores with prices ranging from only £2.99 to well over £40. And it’s with very good reason too. The myriad of ‘Snore Ring’ manufacturers all claim that the choice of metal used doesn’t really matter; so some are made in sterling silver, and others in copper, and others – well, who really knows? That’s fine as long as they don’t turn your finger green.

Oh yes, I nearly forgot something quite important. It has to be your little finger too – that’s the only finger on which these ‘Snore Rings’ are really effective for some reason. The story goes that it’s connected with the age-old Chinese art of acupuncture and that certain pressure on particular parts of your little finger can stop your snoring.

If it’s that easy to stop snoring I’m going to try it with a bit of decent string. You never know, it might work.

The one thing that all the manufacturers seemed to be in agreement over however is that the rings definitely stop you snoring – or there’s a good chance of it. Sounds easy then.

It’s a wonder then that they’re not strongly recommended by the National Health Service and every GP in the land.

Still several people gave them online reviews and said they seemed to work, but mostly for only a few days, but it had really helped them on their holiday.
I guess we’re all grateful for any relief from such a serious problem, however temporary, but the real answer is to consider our age, health, weight, and lifestyle. All these things can contribute to a problem of which snoring is merely a very noisy symptom.

I’m pretty sure that the only ring that works is the one you give your doctor to discuss your problem.

Getting good sensible medical advice is by far the best approach because a doctor will first and foremost try to isolate the underlying problem that’s been causing the snoring. He may likely recommend something that will lessen the snoring and help everyone in the family sleep better, such as a simple ‘splint’ or mouthpiece, but overall his main objective will be to examine the cause – and help you do something about it.

By John Redfern

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