October 12, 2021 2 min read

Are Memory Foam Pillows Good For Snoring?

 

Memory foam pillows have specific attributes that make them good for snoring.

Research suggests that statistically, 41.5% of adults snore in the UK, equivalent to roughly 15 million snorers.

A memory foam pillow can be a solution to a better night's sleep if snoring is affecting your sleep.

 

What causes snoring?

Snoring is caused when the muscles at the back of your pharynx are excessively relaxed, constraining air to pass through and making it hard to breathe. Snoring can result in disturbing your sleep leaving you feeling exhausted and hypoactive. Nevertheless, you can easily relieve the symptoms of snoring, this may include sleeping on a memory foam pillow.

 

Best sleeping position for snorers

Your sleeping position can have an impact on your snoring. Read further to determine which sleeping position is the best for snoring and how you can ease the symptoms.

 

  1. Stomach sleepers

Although this position could assist in minimising snoring, it's not ideal for the alignment of your spine. If you find discomfort in sleeping in alternative positions then we recommend that you choose a firm memory foam mattress to provide additional comfort to decrease the curving of your spine.

 

  1. Back sleepers

This position will worsen your snoring because you will be sleeping with your mouth open and your tongue at the back of your mouth. This can compress the air duct to enable snoring and potentially sleep apnoea.

 

Try to sleep with a wedge pillow as this will help to elevate your neck, shoulders, head and upper back minimising the force on your airways.

 

  1. Side sleepers

Sleeping on your side is normally better for snoring because your air passage stays unconstrained. If this position is uncomfortable then using a contour pillow can be beneficial as this reflects the shape of your body to decrease the pressure applied to your shoulders.

 

How can I stop my snoring?

Lifestyle choices can certainly impact your snoring. If you have any of the habits that are listed below, consider changing them if possible:

  1. If you are overweight and the excess fat is applying pressure on your throat muscles causing blockage of air then you can start by going to the gym and eating healthily.

  2. Allergies can affect your snoring so make sure frequent washing of your bedding and pillows, don't sleep with your pets to avoid pet dander and replacement of your mattress every 7-10 years. Our hybrid memory foam mattresses are hypoallergenic and therefore control the production of bed bugs and dust mites.

  3. Though alcohol loosens up your throat muscles, it constricts your air ducts and increases the potentiality of snoring. Ensure you are not excessive drinking nor drinking frequently.

  4. If you take medications such as sleeping pills or antihistamines, these can help relax the muscles in your throat, similar to alcohol.

 

Can a memory foam pillow combat snore?

In comparison to traditional pillows, memory foam pillows are more comfortable and supportive, ensuring your neck, head, shoulders, upper back and airways are adequately supported permitting ease in breathing and a night of peaceful sleep.

Ammar Asad
Ammar Asad


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