Pillow for Snoring
If you or your spouse snores, you should be
concerned. Snoring is not just an irritating habit -- it can also be damaging
to your physical and mental health. In addition, when one partner snores, it
can put a strain on the relationship. But before choosing expensive therapies
or surgery, be sure to try something much simpler – the therapeutic cervical pillow.
Most of us have been sleeping on rectangular
bed pillows all of our lives. Yet the head, neck, and shoulders are curved. Why
should we use flat pillows with straight lines and corners? These regular "bed”
pillows may look good for decorating purposes, but they were not designed to
support the head and spine properly. Studies have shown that switching to a cylindrical
pillow can help to significantly reduce snoring.
Why You Snore
The causes of snoring include factors such as:
- Mouth anatomy, including enlarged
tonsils and adenoids, elongated uvula, low soft palate, etc
- Alcohol consumption
- Nasal congestion
Many of these factors
result in narrowing of the airways, a primary cause of snoring. "Wet” snoring
includes a gurgle, and is evidence that the sinuses are not draining properly.
"Dry” snoring is usually an indication that the soft palate or tongue is
enlarged, that there is excess fatty tissue, or that the uvula is elongated.
It’s estimated that close to
45% of us snore occasionally, so it’s often not seen as anything to worry
about. But snoring cuts off the air to the lungs, and this restricts the
amount of oxygen going to the brain. The brain reacts by having the heart pump
harder in order to get the oxygen it needs, which in turn elevates blood
Snoring also stops both the snorer and his/her partner
from reaching the deep sleep stage. This leads to sleep deprivation, which has
many effects, including lack of concentration and attention, drowsiness,
impaired memory and physical performance, increased sensitivity to pain, and
irritability. Over time, lack of REM sleep can lead to serious health
problems like heart disease and diabetes.
As well, snoring can cause resentment in a partner.
Many times the spouse of a snorer will begin retreating to the couch in hopes
of getting a decent night’s sleep. This soon becomes the norm, and partners
grow apart due to lack of intimacy.
Therapeutic Pillows Align Body
While there are
some problems that require surgery or medical intervention, the vast majority
of snoring issues can be alleviated by opening up the air passageways. This can
be achieved by giving the head and neck proper support.
A custom-sized therapeutic
cervical pillow fits and supports the natural neck curve, which allows
the neck muscles to stretch gently. Spaces between the vertebrae can then open
up. In this position, the tongue and the lower jaw are brought forward. Nasal passages
open, allowing free flow of air through the passages at the back of the mouth
and nose. Increased space means that there is no vibration where the tongue and
upper throat meet the soft palate and uvula during breathing.
Research therapeutic neck pillows for snoring today.
You may find something as simple as aligning your body properly can transform
your sleeping habits, your relationship, and your life!