Best Pillows for Side Sleeping
In the following article, we are sharing some of the best pillows for side sleeping. From less expensive to most, the following list provides options to help you maintain a side sleeping position. It can be typically for folks to snore while lying on the back. As explained in our previous article, “Positional Obstructive Sleep Apnea. It’s a Thing“, research confirms that sleeping on your back can increase the severity and frequency of obstructions relative to lying on one’s side. In patients suffering from severe obstructive sleep apnea, apnea events may still occur, despite the use of formal treatment. Positional therapy sleep aids can complement and enhance oral appliance therapy or CPAP treatment in patients. Let the journey to finding your perfect “pillow”, begin!
Best Pillows for Side Sleeping – Ordered from Least to Most Expensive!
The Sleep Noodle by CPAPology is a simple, yet effective positional therapy product. A cylindrical foam insert comfortably helps keep your partner off their back. The breathable mesh belt and industrial-strength fastener ensure a durable, yet comfortable fit. In fact, our very own Dr. Brandon Canfield uses this sleep noodle! It helps maintain his side sleeping position and augments his oral appliance treatment well.
While the remaining features fit the “pillow” description… we couldn’t resist one more innovative alternative. Designed to be large and sturdy, the side-sleeping backpack by WoodyKnows helps the user maintain a side sleeping position. With three separate fastening locations, this backpack is sure to stay in place. While the Sleep Noodle features a foam insert, this device utilizes an inflatable airbag.
The hypoallergenic wedge pillow by Helix is built with high-quality, USA-made material and gel memory foam. With the help of this pillow, the user avoids a flat supine position, without sleeping on their side. This product is great for those that experience shoulder pain due to the pressure of sleeping on their side. Sleeping with this pillow under your head can also help with reducing neck pain, acid reflux, and heartburn.
While the remaining sleep aids prove to be an investment, we are confident you will understand why in a moment. The bed wedge and body pillow system by MedCline includes the Advanced Positioning Bed Wedge, a full-length memory foam body pillow, and a smaller insert pillow; all with removable covers. Achieve the ideal sleep position with this tri-component system that features an arm pocket to relieve shoulder and arm pressure. This pillow system helps in the treatment of heartburn, regurgitation, coughing, choking, nausea, and more.
Last, but certainly not least, is this innovative pillow insert by Smart Nora. This scientifically validated device allows users to turn their favorite pillow into an anti-snoring pillow. Smart Nora consists of three main parts. The Pebble that detects snoring, the padded pillow insert that goes under your pillow and the silent pump that inflates and deflates the padded insert. When snoring is detected, Smart Nora starts a gentle movement in the pillow. This movement stimulates the throat muscles, allowing for natural breathing to resume, helping the partner and the snorer sleep through the night.
As mentioned, this device is scientifically validated. Research conducted by SleepScore Labs shows the effectiveness of using Smart Nora based on 500+ nights of collected data. What are the results for snorers? 20% reported an increase in their ability to sleep through the night, 30% reported feeling more rested upon waking up, 38% reported less awakening for any reason, and 52% reported fewer times out of bed for any reason.
The team at Ohio Sleep Treatment hopes you enjoyed these top pillow recommendations for side sleeping, according to us! While we love featuring cool products, the sleep aids featured in this article are not intended to replace medical attention. If you think you may be suffering from a medical condition, such as obstructive sleep apnea, speak with your physician immediately. Unsure if you are suffering from a potential sleep disorder, like obstructive sleep apnea? Take the quick 8-question-STOP-Bang quiz here to determine your level of risk for sleep apnea!
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