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My husband snores. Not all the time, not enough that I want to sleep in another room but enough that I want to punch him the face or suffocate him with his pillow occasionally. In fairness to him, his snoring doesn’t disturb me all that often – it’s not like it wakes me in the night, it just stops me from going to sleep if he nods off before me (which is usually the case, he’s a “asleep before my head hits the pillow” kinda guy where I can lie awake for an hour after going to bed).
Generally when Dave is snoring, I can give him a bit of a nudge (or a full on shove depending on how annoyed I am) and he will move enough that the snoring will stop – this is often long enough for me to fall asleep myself and then all is well with the world. If he’s drunk then it’s another story – he’s not moving for anyone, the snoring is magnified to earthquake level and I have been known to have to go and sleep in another room. My little sister text me when they were away in London together last summer and told me she could hear his snoring downstairs, and a friend of ours shared a room with him earlier this year on a Lads’ Weekend and recorded his snoring to play back to him the following morning as it had disturbed him so much. The kids will often comment that they can hear Daddy snoring too.
We have, in the past, tried an anti-snoring ring which seemed to work well for a while but eventually we gave up on it when the effects seemed to have worn off. Since then we haven’t really bothered to try any other snoring solutions.
Could the Silentnight Anti-Snore Pillows stop my husband snoring?
When I was sent the Silentnight Anti-Snore Pillows to test out I shared them on my facebook and got so many comments along the lines of “OMG let me know how you get on, my husband snores like a wildebeest” etc etc. I think it’s something we all suffer to some extent – I should also say at this point that I’m not entirely innocent!! Dave says I snore too – especially if I’m suffering with my chest. However, considering how deeply he sleeps, I’m surprised he even notices.
Hows does the Anti-Snore pillow work?
The Silentnight Anti-Snore Pillow looks and feels like a normal pillow at first but once you give it a bit of a squash you realise that as well as the usual squashy fibre filling, it has a wave shaped structure inside. This
ergonomically shaped foam core is designed to promote better head position for clearer breathing which in turn should help reduce snoring. Sounds sensible enough doesn’t it?
When I told Dave we were trying these new pillows, his first response was “I’m not sure I’ll like it if it’s shaped but I’ll give it a go” – and I knew what he meant. I’ve tried an orthopaedic pillow before and hated it, it was too structured and I just couldn’t get comfortable. The Silentnight Anti-Snore pillow however benefits from the hollowfibre filling and a hypoallergenic cover which makes it feel more like a normal pillow and is way more comfortable.
The Silentnight Anti-Snore pillow is designed to be used by both back and side sleepers (which is a win as I’m definitely a side sleeper where as Dave, like around 25% of the population, prefers to fall asleep on his back – hence the snoring!) The old wive’s solution to this was to sew golf balls into pyjamas to make it uncomfortable for your husband to sleep on his back, but the Silentnight Anti-Snore pillow makes it ok to sleep on your back by promoting a more natural sleeping position which keeps the airways open.
Recommended by the British Snoring Sleep Apnoea Association, the pillow is claimed to help 8 out of 10 snorers providing a better night’s sleep for both the snorer and their partner! In fact this study demonstrated a 50% improvement in both frequency and volume for one snorer! As you can imagine, I couldn’t wait to give them a try.
Although they are a standard size pillow, they do feel fairly big and bouncy, I struggled to get them into my pillow cases at first but with a bit of wrangling I got them in and the look and feel just like normal pillows on our bed.
Does the Silentnight Anti-Snore pillow really work?
Now we’ve only been using the new pillows for a few nights but so far we’re finding them pretty comfortable. I’m still in that “new pillow” phase where I need to shuffle around a bit more than usual to get comfortable or might find that my neck feels a bit funny when I wake up during the night – but I do think, given time, I will get used to that. The fibre filling is really comfortable and does make the supportive foam core feel much easier than the pillows I’ve tried in the past.
When Dave first lay on his new pillow he really didn’t expect to find it comfortable – he wasn’t quite sure where to position his head. In part this is due to him being pretty tall – because his feet tend to hang off the bed he sleeps as far up his pillow as possible with his head practically touching the headboard – which doesn’t really work for the Anti-Snore pillows as it means the positioning of the foam core is wrong for him. He went to sleep on his back as usual and definitely snored a bit as he fell asleep, but I do think it might have been less than usual. I woke during the night to find him sleeping on his side which he doesn’t normally do – so perhaps the pillow had encouraged that in him? His new smart watch tracks his sleep but also tells him how long he snores for, apparently it listens to him! I’m not convinced it tells the truth – or at least it’s levels of tolerance to snoring are different to mine – however since using the pillow it hasn’t tracked any difference in his quality of sleep so he’s happy to keep on using it. Of course the real test will be, if it stops him snoring when he’s been out drinking!
We’re both going to keep using the pillows and will report back if we notice any significant changes one way or another!
Try the pillows yourself
Available for just £12.99 on Amazon, I think it’s well worth giving the pillow a go if snoring is a problem for you. Fingers crossed you’ll be one of the 8 out of 10 people to feel the benefit!
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