Having sleep apnoea (or apnea) is unpleasant, and can literally be exhausting. It’s important to be able to break this pattern so that you can function well in your daily life. In this article, we discuss the benefits of using a sleep apnoea pillow from The Bamboo Factory.
It’s commonly mentioned that using pillows designed for sleep apnoea sufferers does provide some resolution to related snoring problems and can fix some sleep issues immediately.
Types of Pillows for Sleep Apnoea
Positional Pillows - These pillows are for those of you that don’t use a CPAP machine. There are different types of positional pillows for sleep apnoea, so depending on your favored sleeping positions, you have some choices, such as:
- Cervical pillow: this positional pillows is a good sleep apnoea pillow if you prefer lying on your side.
- Wedge pillow: This positional pillow is ideal if you like lying on your back.
Note, however, that people who sleep on their backs tend to snore more often and are more prone to sleep apnoea. Although there are pillows designed for people who sleep on their backs, this position is highly discouraged because it can aggravate both snoring and sleep apnoea.
You can also choose to get a moldable pillow that you can shape as you wish to help you get just the right space for your CPAP mask as well as give you the support you need for your head, neck and shoulders.
How to Choose the Right Sleep Apnoea Pillow
When it comes to buying your sleep apnoea pillow, it’s important that you take some things into consideration. The right choice will help you rest easy, whereas a rushed choice might make things harder for you. Here are things to consider:
Does the pillow provide support?
The main purpose of a sleep apnoea pillow is to support your head and neck to make sure that your tongue doesn’t roll to the back of your throat and obstruct your airway. Choosing a pillow that is compatible with your sleep position will also determine how much support you get so you don’t wake up during the night and greet the morning with sore muscles.
How firm is the pillow?
Firm pillows give you more support than softer pillows. After some usage, a soft pillow tends to lose its shape and collapses, which means that it can no longer support you. A firm pillow will be able to maintain its shape for longer, thereby providing adequate support.
Are you comfortable with the pillow?
Aside from support, it’s important that you are comfortable with your pillow of choice. Your comfort is important, and there are some materials that might be uncomfortable to you. For example, memory foam pillows tend to get warm when they are slept on for a while, which is why The Bamboo Factory pairs their pillows with bamboo pillowcases.
Not all pillows are a one size fits all solution. It’s important that you find the pillow that fits your needs - one that fits the contours of your body to allow you to rest comfortably at night. It can be frustrating when you don’t find a pillow you like right away, but you shouldn’t give up. Sleep apnoea pillows are one of the simplest, most cost-effective solutions for sleep apnoea. We understand the difficulty of finding the perfect pillow, and this is why we offer you a moldable memory foam pillow.
Don’t forget that getting better sleep is a big part of any effective treatment regime. You need a pillow that gives you the support that you need to rest easy as well as alleviate sleep apnoea.