Have you ever struggled to nod off when your partner is blissfully (but noisily) slumbering away next to you? According to the British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association, there are over 15 million snorers in the UK and other studies suggest that this issue will affect 50% of people during their lifetimes.
Unsurprisingly, this can cause some serious tension within relationships. Over a third of couples report that snoring sparks arguments - which isn’t surprising when snorers’ partners report an average of just three-to-five hours of kip per night.
Clearly, this isn’t ideal. So, when we saw that John Lewis had released a new anti-snore pillow, designed to reduce the frequency (and, more importantly, volume) of snores by half, we wasted no time in giving it a try.
What causes snoring?
The NHS reports that snoring happens when your tongue, mouth, throat or airways in your nose vibrate as you breathe. This happens because these parts of your body relax and become narrower while you snooze.
Most of the time, these nighttime grunts and rumbles aren’t caused by anything serious, but smoking, being overweight and drinking alcohol can make the problem worse. Sleeping on your back can also contribute.
How to stop snoring
You might find that your snoring increases after a boozy night, so try cutting out alcohol and see if the problem subsides. Quitting tobacco products and losing weight, if necessary, may also help. If these aren’t issues for you, however, then it might be worth trying an anti-snoring pillow.
The Kally Sleep anti-snore pillow has an ergonomic foam core and an S-shape design that supports your neck and gently tilts your head back to widen the gap between your chin and your chest. In theory, this should keep your airways more open and improve your breathing. It’s designed for both side and back-sleepers, which is good news, as snoring is worse when you lie on your back.
Do anti-snore pillows work?
So, what did we think? First things first - we were struck by how comfortable this medium-to-firm pillow is to sleep with. We reasoned that, even if it didn’t work to tackle snoring, it’ll still give any bed a cosy upgrade. We also liked that it comes with a cover - but we’d always recommend investing in a pillow protector to keep your bedding as hygienic as possible.
When it came to snoring, results were modest - but positive. It certainly isn’t a miracle cure and snoring was still an issue after a Saturday night with one-too-many drinks. But on normal non-boozy evenings, there were improvements - especially with noise levels (arguably the biggest irritation when you’re trying to sleep).
While using this pillow, snores were lighter and less dramatic. We can imagine that, when used in tandem with some other snoring aids (or tackling the issues the NHS outlines above) it could certainly help to sort the problem.
After all, the pillow only claims to reduce snores by 50% and we think this is fair. So, if you’re looking to improve your overall sleep hygiene to work towards a resolution once and for all, or you’re only a mild snorer, we think this pillow could make a worthy component in your new bedtime routine. (And, seriously, it is so comfy).
Tempted to try it? Pick up one of the new Kally Sleep anti-snore pillows from John Lewis here.
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