Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk

People's schedules are bursting at the seams, especially during holiday season. Sleep is crucial and many people are having a hard time falling asleep.

Selecting the right pillow can help.   Dr. Clete Kushida, a sleep specialist, says the type of pillow a person chooses can help them sleep.

He recommends using pillows that provide better support for the neck to minimize snoring and sleep apnea. According to Dr. Kushida pillows supposedly provide better support for the neck for people who have issues like neck strain.

Not all therapeutic pillows are designed the same. The Sona pillow is designed to keep sleepers on their side. Its contoured design claims to cradle the head to create optimal breathing alignment. It promises to cut down on snoring and mild sleep apnea and is FDA-Cleared.

A Brookstone model promotes a built-in support system to cradle your head and neck, promising to keep your chin out and airway open. Putting the head and neck in a CPR type position could help open up the airway to a degree.

Both the Sona and the Brookstone tout clinical tests to back up their claims.

Another option on the market is a pillow that uses more than two thousand plastic spikes to apply acupressure, giving a head massage designed for relaxation. Study results are pending on this pillow.

For those skeptical about whether the design of a pillow will actually help with sleep issues, Dr. Kushida confirms that it can. However he cautions not to pin hopes on a pillow, especially if a serious sleep or medical disorder is present, and ultimately the selection of a pillow comes down to comfort and personal preference.

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