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Sleep Apnea and Pillows

Written by Olivia Cerf.

Effect of Pillows on Sleep Apnea

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CPAP Pillow

CPAP Pillows

CPAP pillows are designed to accommodate the shape of the CPAP mask as the user moves during sleep. Using this pillow is likely to lead to higher compliance in CPAP use, leading to improved effectiveness of the machine.

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SONA Pillow

SONA Pillow

The SONA Pillow® is an FDA-approved triangular pillow with space to place your arm under the head while sleeping on the side. A study on 22 people showed that respiratory disturbance index (RDI) went down in users with mild to moderate snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.1

Medslant Pillow

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Medslant Pillow

Sleeping on the back often increases the severity of sleep apnea. If it is the preferred sleeping position, however, sleeping on an incline can prevent the throat from closing during sleep. This pillow can also be used to help symptoms of gastroesophegeal reflux disease (GERD) and acid reflux.

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Zuberi, Najeeb et al. “Sleep Apnea Avoidance Pillow Effects on Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome and Snoring,” Sleep and Breathing 8, no 4 (2004): 201-207.

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