Snoring has spurned a multitude of old housewife’s tales and obscure remedies. And if you’re a snorer or have the displeasure of living with one, chances are that you might be tempted to try anything if it means getting your eight hours. There’s not a lot of evidence that some of the more bizarre treatments like taping tennis balls to your back, gargling with garlic or using duct tape across the mouth work. In fact, they sound downright dangerous, unpleasant, and not at all appealing. Luckily a great night’s sleep is completely achievable if you’re willing to make a few changes.

What is Snoring?

According to The Sleep Foundation, snoring occurs when your airway is partially blocked. As air passes through, it causes the tissues at the top of the airway to touch each other and vibrate, making the familiar sound known as snoring.

Lifestyle Changes to Stop Snoring

There are some obvious lifestyle changes that will help with snoring. People suffering with obesity are more likely to snore and develop the more concerning condition named obstructive sleep apnoea. The obvious answer is to lose weight, but it’s easier said than done, of course.

Whilst snoring might be seen as one of the lesser evils of smoking given its association with lung cancer and heart disease, it is annoying nevertheless. Statistically, smokers snore more and conversely by quitting, snoring becomes less likely.

Alcohol and eating food before bedtime is another factor that increases the likelihood of snoring so try to avoid it in the few hours before going to bed.

Snoring can also be due to your nasal structure so it might be worth trying an anti-snore device or nasal strips that help you to breathe easier.  

What is the Best Pillow to Stop Snoring?

Practising good sleep hygiene can also help to keep your airway free of blockages and minimise snoring. So, what exactly does that mean?

Well, snoring is often worse when you sleep on your back. If this sounds familiar, then try to get into the habit of sleeping on your side instead. There are devices that are wearable, and which vibrate to alert you when you’re rolling onto your back. Use a pillow that supports sleeping on your side too, especially if this is a new position for you.

Our favourite anti snoring pillow is Fine Bedding’s Head and Neck Pillow. Perfectly designed to support the contours of the head and neck to alleviate strain on the muscles, this is the one to give you a restful night of sleep. You can easily tailor the pillow to your ideal level of support by using the zip to add or remove filling as needed. And as if that’s not enough, the incredibly soft pure cotton cover adds an exquisite touch of class.

head and neck pillow for snorersShop Head & Neck Pillow

Snoring is sometimes the result of rhinitis and dust mite allergies. After all, if you’re bunged up, then your airway will naturally suffer, and snoring can worsen. So if this is the case, Fine Bedding’s ultimate anti-allergy pillows, the Spundown Firm Support Pillow or Spundown Medium Support Pillow could be the solution for you.

pillow for snoringShop Spundown Pillows

These easily washable pillows can be put in the washing machine at a dust mite busting 60°C and the great news is that wash after wash, they still retain their exceptional quality and comfort. 

The secret ingredient of these anti-allergy pillows is the luxurious filling made of advanced Smartfil® fibres, an innovative highly compressible fibre technology. This ensures that these pillows bounce back to their wonderfully plump shape after every wash. A sustainably sourced BCI cover also adds an extra level of comfort and touch of luxury to this must-have product.

A firmer pillow can also elevate the head, which is another way to keep the airway clear. This is where the Spundown Firm Support Pillow comes into its own with its dual purpose as anti-allergy and head elevator. Alternatively, you could use two pillows to raise the head. And don’t forget that a quick fix to stopping snoring can be to simply change position, although it won’t fix the problem long-term, it sometimes gives short-term respite.

If you liked this article, we think you’ll like How to Maintain A Good Sleeping Posture.

January 20, 2022 — Sleep Expert