My husband has mild sleep apnea. He snores when he's on his back, but not on his side. I could never get to sleep if he was on his back and snoring. The shape of this pillow encourages a person to sleep on their side. We've had it for two weeks now and it works!!! No more sleepless nights or getting out of bed at midnight to go sleep in another room. Yeah!
I am primarily a side-sleeper, and I have been diagnosed with mild-to-moderate sleep apnea. I cannot tolerate C-pap and have been looking for other ways to cope with this. This is the only pillow actually approved by officialdom for use in treating sleep apnea, so I decided to try it. I have had it for several weeks now. I agree with other reviewers that it has to be broken in as the instructions also state. This took less than a week in my case. As I've gotten older (60), I have had increasing trouble deciding where to put my lower arm when on my side. This pillow has the solution built in! I will note that I am pretty flexible and have practiced yoga about once a week on average for decades. Maybe that has helped my shoulders retain good range of motion, but I have not had the difficulty with the arm placement required by this pillow that some other reviewers have noted. I do seem to be waking up a little less often, and my wake ups seem to occur when I have rolled over onto my back while sleeping. The pillow can encourage you to stay on your side, but, obviously, it cannot force a side-lying position. All-in-all, I would say it is helpful to me, and I find it as comfortable as any other pillow I have ever used. I think it will probably be a good partial solution for me.
I have owned one of these in the past and it does position your airway to limit snoring. It is a little firmer than I remember the first one being that I paid $150 for from Sharper Image a few years ago and left in a motel room, never to be found. It can cause a crick in your neck. The pillow case as a "bonus" leads you to believe that you are getting an extra pillow case when you get just one and there is no alternative available pillow case on the market that will fit this product. Also, the original pillow cases for this product used to have a sleeve for your arm which kept you from repositioning yourself during the night negating the positive effect of the item. Luckily, I still have one of the old cases.
I bought this pillow for my husband & was very pleased with how well it works. He still snores but it is very quiet now. He has had it for over a month & his snoring noise level varies some even with the pillow. I am hoping it is not because he moves it around a lot during the night and the pillow might be changing shape. But so far I have been very pleased & he find the pillow comfortable.
I guess the idea is that your head is sideways facing downward somewhat along the slope of the pillow, either to the left or the right. The downward slope uses gravity to keep the tongue forward, thereby preventing it from interfering with breathing. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Snoring doesn't always seem to originate from the same location, from what little I understand of it. My "review" is still under review and may be updated later, if that's possible here. The literature asks for 30 days and it has been a week short of that. In addition, sometimes the pillow is just not comfortable enough to sleep on so I will use another. It's a bit too firm for my liking. Maybe that's needed to maintain support for the posture it imposes on the user. It's uncomfortable, and after a long period of time, begins to feel "hard." If it was the perfect solution to snoring, the discomfort would be a small price to pay. As it is not the perfect solution, for me, if I can't get accustomed to it, and if it doesn't work more consistently, it will just be one more thing to interfere with my already sketchy sleep. Time will tell.
Having used a very flat pillow prior to this one, it feels quite puffy, and I had to give myself time to adapt to its unusual shape, size and height. That being said, this was a good choice for me, as I suffer from occasional sleep apnea. Not enough to want to go to a CPAP machine but enough to be waking up more than I wanted. My partner in bed has noticed less snoring since I started using it, and that's good. And I wake up more refreshed since using it. As indicated on the instructions, make sure you use it as directed and sleep in the position indicated because you will wake up with a stiff neck if you don't use it right. But it is a wonderful option to a face mask, and it does make for a MUCH better night's sleep, once you give yourself time to adapt and adjust to this unique design. I would recommend this highly to anyone who wants to explore options to a face mask and machine.
This pillow sometimes works and other times absolutely ineffective. Hubby snoring may not be as loud when in directed position but one movement will have snoring back to full force. Pillow is comfortable but hardly seems to improve the snoring ... he's still on the couch.
Bought this for my husband. He tried it for one night and won't use it again. Says that it only works when you are on your side with your arm tucked underneath the pillow. the pillow is so hard it put his arm to sleep and left his neck tilted up all night so he woke up with a stff neck.