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How can a wedge pillow help with sleep apnea and snoring?

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When you fall asleep, your tongue and the tissues in your mouth relax. They can relax so much that they block your throat and narrow your airway. This leads to snoring. In some cases, it leads to sleep apnea, which is more serious. That’s when your breathing stops for short periods throughout the night. A wedge pillow raises you head at an angle while you sleep. This lets gravity do the work for you as it helps to keep your airways open.

From: Wedge Pillows WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Harvard Health: “Is your pillow hurting your health?” “Say ‘good night’ to neck pain.”

Consumer Reports: “Do Specialty Pillows Really Work?” “The Best Pillow for the Way You Sleep.”

The Better Sleep Council: “Make Sure Your Head Hits the Right Pillow.”

National Sleep Foundation: “GERD and Sleep.”

Mayo Clinic: “Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD),” “Snoring,” “Glaucoma.”

Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology : “Effect of bed head elevation during sleep in symptomatic patients of nocturnal gastroesophageal reflux.”

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology : “A Novel Sleep Positioning Device Reduces Gastroesophageal Reflux: A Randomized Controlled Trial.”

Sleep and Breathing : “The influence of head-of-bed elevation in patients with obstructive sleep apnea.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Is Your Pillow Giving You a Stiff Neck? 7 Tips,” “Sleep During Pregnancy.”

American Journal of Critical Care : “Clinicians' perception of head-of-bed elevation.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 17, 2020

SOURCES:

Harvard Health: “Is your pillow hurting your health?” “Say ‘good night’ to neck pain.”

Consumer Reports: “Do Specialty Pillows Really Work?” “The Best Pillow for the Way You Sleep.”

The Better Sleep Council: “Make Sure Your Head Hits the Right Pillow.”

National Sleep Foundation: “GERD and Sleep.”

Mayo Clinic: “Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD),” “Snoring,” “Glaucoma.”

Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology : “Effect of bed head elevation during sleep in symptomatic patients of nocturnal gastroesophageal reflux.”

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology : “A Novel Sleep Positioning Device Reduces Gastroesophageal Reflux: A Randomized Controlled Trial.”

Sleep and Breathing : “The influence of head-of-bed elevation in patients with obstructive sleep apnea.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Is Your Pillow Giving You a Stiff Neck? 7 Tips,” “Sleep During Pregnancy.”

American Journal of Critical Care : “Clinicians' perception of head-of-bed elevation.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 17, 2020

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