Sleep apnea can be a worrisome disorder for those it affects. It can be a particularly dangerous problem given that the person suffering from the disorder often goes unaware of its existence due to the fact that there is no obvious evidence that there is a problem. Characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep, sleep apnea is diagnosed through an overnight test called a polysomnogram. Once the test has confirmed the presence of the apneas, or each individual episode causing at least a 10 second interval between breaths, an individual will be diagnosed with sleep apnea. From there, the next step is to seek out potential sleep apnea treatments to assist those with the sleeping disorder.
The most common form of this sleeping disorder is called obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. This disorder is due to the relaxation of the muscles involved in breathing during sleep. As the muscles relax, the airway closes and limits the influx of air, temporarily stopping breathing. Although this can be due to temporary illnesses, such as upper respiratory infections, obstructive sleep apnea that leads to the need for sleep apnea treatments is generally in the chronic form, meaning individuals suffer from it on an on-going basis.
A secondary form is central sleep apnea, caused by the brain's respiratory control centers being imbalanced. The neurological feedback system for controlling breathing can occasionally lapse due to these imbalances and lead to lapses in breathing. Following these situations, hyperpnoea, or periods of increased breathing, can often occur. Another way for the apnea to develop can be due to central respiratory depressant drugs, which can artificially lead to the lapses in breathing simply due to the effects of the drugs.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
The most consistently effective sleep apnea treatment is the use of a PAP (CPAP or BiPAP) device, or a positive airway pressure device. Given that most obstructive sleep apnea occurs because the upper airway becomes narrow due to relaxing muscles during sleep, a positive airway pressure device is the most direct method for helping this problem. The device works by injecting pressurized air at regular intervals through a nose or face mask. The pressured air essentially works as a splint, forcing the airway to stay open during sleep and therefore leading to reduced, or sometimes eliminated, episodes of apnea. As a positive side effect, the device is also known for helping to reduce or prevent snoring as well
A secondary form of treatment can be from OAT, or oral appliance therapy. Prescribed by a dentist, this form of sleep apnea treatment can be successful for some individuals. It involves using a mouthpiece to align the jaw so as to keep the airway open during sleep. It is mostly successful for patients suffering from mild to moderate levels of sleep apnea and is a relatively new treatment with growing popularity.
In any case, as with most sleep disorders, sleep apnea is nothing to mess around with. If you have been told you suffer from lapses during your sleep, it would be wise to seek out your doctor to see if you suffer from sleep apnea. From there, you and your doctor can decide which sleep apnea treatments are best suited for you
“It’s like rain on your wedding day. It’s a free ride, when you’ve already paid. It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take . . .”
Well here’s a piece of good advice we wish we didn’t take: “You get what you pay for.
Following that advice, we went out looking for the most expensive anti-snore pillow we could find – and ended up with articles of medieval torture that strained our neck, fouled the air in our bedroom with chemical stink, and turned flat as a pancake in a mere two months.
Oh yes, and there’s one more thing we ended up with: a lighter wallet – oh, just about a hundred dollars lighter. And now we have to live with quite a few ugly urinal-shaped “pillows” that we would never use again, laughing evilly at us from the dark depths of the closet, like a shameful sin from your past that just won’t go away.
Then comes the Duro-Med Stress-Ease Pillow Support. It comes in two darling angelic colors: pure white and baby blue. If it stinks, its polyester, so it’s completely washable. It looks like one of those cute baby pillows you sometimes see in cribs, except its bigger. It looks nothing like a urinal.
Try it out, and if it feels too big for you, turn it around. Its other side is smaller, so it should feel better – and it does.
Oh, by the way, have we mentioned that it costs less than $20.
After all the physical and emotional torment we had gone through with uncomfortable, ugly, and expensive pillows, we find this one.
We feel like screaming. Really, we do.
It’s like winning the lottery on your 105th birthday. Or finding your soul mate after you’ve said “I do” to someone else.
To quote the words of that enlightened sage Alanis Morissette: “Isn’t it ironic?”
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Cons of the Duro-Med Stress-Ease Pillow Support:
Softens somewhat after a year of use. (Some people actually consider this a good thing. Others simply shell out another $17 – a tiny amount for a good pillow.)
Pros of the Duro-Med Stress-Ease Pillow Support:
Cervical lobes available in multiple widths, to fit all neck sizes (in short, one size fits all)
100% hypoallergenic fiberfill
Machine washable, quick drying
Available in two colors: blue and white
Costs less than $20
Made in the U.S.
We would never forgive ourselves if we did not recommend the Duro-Med Stress-Ease Pillow Support, and you wouldn’t either.
Recommendation and Results
It’s cheap, it’s comfortable (for an anti-snore pillow), it has the looks, and it works against snoring, as this user attests.
Do we at Anti-Snore Pillow Reviews like it? You bet we do! And we’re not the only ones. Read user reviews here, here, and here.
Oh, and here are a few more: here, here, and here!
By the way, have we mentioned that it’s cheap?
We have hated quite a few pillows before. This one definitely does not belong to that club.