Sleep apnea is defined as a sleep condition characterized by regular stops in breathing especially during sleep. There are three forms of this sleep condition; mixed, obstructive and central. The most common type of sleep apnea is the obstructive which is caused by over-relaxation of muscles in the throat that causes blockage of the airway after the windpipe collapses. If surgery is not an option for you, then the widely used non-invasive form of treatment is the one known as sleep apnea mouthpieces and sleep apnea pillow.
This is a pillow specially intended for snorers. Snoring is among the most common symptoms of sleep apnea. This pillow was designed in a way that they offer support for the patient’s neck thus preventing them from rolling over and lying on their backs because this is the position where the condition and snoring can worsen. In addition, the head support tries to elongate the patient’s neck, support the head and prevents the blockage of the airway. It also relieves pressure on arms and shoulders thus assisting side sleepers.
Sleep apnea pillows look like a padded boomerang but not like an ordinary pillow. It has an angular shape, which is what mainly makes the pillow helpful in curing sleep apnea. This shape is designed to maintain side position sleep. Besides, the cushion has two surfaces that are inclined with a lower surface that is flat to create the main sleeping surface. In addition, the apnea pillow’s triangle lower parts have an arm sling for training. The proper way of using the pillow requires the patient to lie on whichever side then extends their arm under the apnea pillow where there is an open space for the arms. Keep the arm extended during sleep while the head should be kept on a similar side as that extended arm.
At first, the arm sling can be used to maintain the side position by extending the arm into that space between the sling and the pillow. An extra body pillow to be hugged over can be used for additional sleep conformity. This additional pillow can also be placed in between the user’s legs to assist in maintaining the side sleep position. When the apnea pillow is used like this, it prevents falling back of the tongue which results in throat obstruction and also allows the pulling forward of the jaw.