You fall in love, get married, move in together and then realize you'll be spending the next fifty years of your life sleepless. Many people don't realize they snore until the one they share their bed with starts losing sleep over it. Because of this, inventions keep popping up to prevent snoring. Things from nasal strips to mouth guards that make you look like Hannibal Lecter, we've seen it all. Unfortunately, many of these products either don't work, look ridiculous or come with reoccurring costs. But lay and behold, a new kid has arrived on the anti-snoring block - the anti-snoring pillow.
The Science behind Anti-Snoring Pillows
Many health/sleep products that are seen on late-night infomercials always skip out on one key ingredient - solid scientific evidence. Luckily, these pillows happen to be a cut above the rest.
While there can be many reasons for excessive snoring - breathing issues, enlarged tonsils, you name it - a lot of these snoring cases come back to allergens. "But I don't even have allergies," you say. The allergens in pillows are nothing like those found outdoors, on pets or in flowers. Pillows (as well as mattresses) go through a lot of human uses, collecting nearly everything on your skin and in your hair. But, unlike people, pillows don't take daily showers to get rid of those things. Even washing machines can only do so much.
High levels of allergens within pillows can cause symptoms resembling asthma, hay fever, and allergic reactions as well as snoring. Pillows built specifically to repel these allergens obviously have an advantage over those who don't.
Another feature common in anti-snoring pillows (or any specialty pillow these days) is memory foam. Memory foam straightens one's neck, in layman's terms. And, of course, our neck is essential to the way we breathe. Getting a memory foam pillow of any sort will, if anything, have a positive effect on your breathing. Anti-snoring pillows are specially equipped to deal with these sorts of issues.
So Do They Work?
Definitely, assuming you buy the right one. The trick with getting your money's worth, as with any product, is to do your research and find the right one based on user reviews and scientific evidence to support their claims (because without those, they have nothing to show). After selecting the right pillow, you may very well find the difference to be far superior to nasal strips and Hannibal Lecter mouth guards.
As an added bonus, these pillows are generally made from the best materials. Even if you snore and the person beside you doesn't, it certainly can't hurt to get you both one of these pillows for your own. It's 2015 and, considering all the science out there regarding spine alignment and healthy sleeping patterns, I would recommend everyone grab themselves and anti-allergenic, memory foam pillow, whether they snore or not. Sweet dreams!