Memory foam pillows are good for snoring thanks to their unique, supportive qualities.
In the UK, 41.5% of adults snore. That’s approximately 15 million snorers and a whole lot of disgruntled partners, according to the British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association.
If snoring is affecting your sleep, a memory foam pillow could be just the solution you’ve been looking for. Find out why...
What Causes Snoring?
We snore when the muscles at the back of our throat are overly relaxed, restricting our air passages and making breathing more difficult. Although funny at first, snoring can quickly turn into a major disruption leaving you feeling tired and groggy. Thankfully, there are ways to ease the symptoms of snoring – including sleeping on a memory foam pillow.
Best Sleeping Position for Snoring
Your sleeping position can have a big effect on your snoring. Find out which is the best position for snoring and what you can do to alleviate your symptoms.
Sleeping on your back can make snoring worse, as it’s more likely you will sleep with your mouth open and your tongue at the back of your mouth. This can constrict the airways to cause snoring and sometimes even sleep apnea.
If this is you, try sleeping with a wedge pillow supporting your head, shoulders and upper back to elevate your upper body and reduce the pressure on your airways.
Side sleeping is usually better for snoring, as your airways remain unconstricted. If you find sleeping on your side uncomfortable, you could try a contour pillow which mirrors the shape of your body to reduce pressure on your shoulders.
Sleeping on your stomach can also help to minimise snoring, however, it’s not so great for your spinal alignment. If you struggle to sleep any other way, we recommend that front sleepers choose a firm memory foam mattress for the extra support needed to reduce the curve in your spine.
How Can I Stop my Snoring? Lifestyle Causes
Certain lifestyle choices can cause or worsen snoring. Take a look at the list below and see if there are any habits which you can tweak or change:
- Overweight: Excess fat around the neck puts pressure on your throat muscles, which then struggle to hold your airways open sufficiently during the night. So hitting the gym and eating well could be the ticket to a snore-free sleep
- Alcohol relaxes your throat muscles, narrowing your airways and increasing the chance of snoring. So don’t drink regularly, and don’t drink excessively
- Sedating medications such as sleeping pills or antihistamines relax your throat muscles, much in the same way as alcohol
- Allergies are a major cause of snoring, so ensure you’re sleeping in a healthy environment. Don’t sleep with pets, regularly wash your pillow and bedding and replace your mattress every 7-8 years. Memory foam mattresses are great for allergy sufferers because they inhibit the growth of dust mites and bed bugs.
If you or your partner are trying to stop snoring but none of these solutions seem to be helping, contact your local GP and ask for some professional advice.
Can a Memory Foam Pillow Combat Snoring?
Memory foam pillows are a lot more supportive than traditional pillows – that’s the secret to their success with snorers. The unique properties of memory foam mean that it’s comfortable and soothing to sleep on, whilst also holding your head in a healthy and aligned position. A memory foam pillow ensures that your head, neck and airways are properly supported allowing you to breathe easily and sleep undisturbed.
We produce memory foam pillows in a range of shapes sizes and designs including contour pillows, traditional pillows and cooling pillows!
Best Pillow for Snoring
There are loads of pillows on the market, but which type is best for snoring?
Our top picks would be:
- Memory foam pillows
- Contour pillows
- Back wedge pillows
- Supportive orthopaedic pillows
Let’s take a closer look...
Memory Foam Anti-Snore Pillow
The 4G Aircool memory foam contour pillow is perfect for snorers thanks to its high density, orthopaedic memory foam and dust mite resistant materials. It comes with a removable, washable cover to keep it fresh and dust-free.
This pillow design is particularly well suited to hot sleepers, thanks to its open-cell foam structure which promotes airflow and the moisture-wicking Coolmax cover.
Memory Foam Contour Pillow for Snoring
Memory foam contour pillows are designed with a dip in the middle to mirror the natural curve of your head, neck and shoulders. They are great for side sleepers and for anyone seeking better alignment.
Due to this supportive shape, sleeping on a contour pillow helps to maintain a healthy sleeping position that keeps air flowing. Combined with hypoallergenic and cushioning memory foam, these pillows are a great option for snorers.
Will a Wedge Pillow Help with Snoring?
Sleeping with a foam wedge can reduce snoring by elevating your head and shoulders and leaving your airways unrestricted. Memory foam wedge pillows can help with all sorts of sleep-related issues, such as;
- Loud snoring
- Sleep apnea
- Acid reflux
- Lower back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Neck pain
This type of pillow is also great if you spend time reading or watching TV in bed as it allows you to sit up comfortably without straining your spine.
Orthopaedic Pillow for Snoring
A memory foam orthopaedic pillow is designed to alleviate neck, shoulder and back pain whilst sleeping. It does this by cradling the head and neck, moulding to your natural shape to encourage healthy alignment. This opens up the airways to reduce snoring.
The Classicpedic memory foam orthopaedic pillow is hypoallergenic, antibacterial and long-lasting and is made up of quality memory foam to help you sleep soundly.
Find Your Stop Snoring Pillow
If you have a question about memory foam pillows and would like some advice, get in touch! We’re here to help you choose a pillow that works for you, no matter your budget or sleeping style.
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