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Sleep apnoea pillow?
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Sleep apnoea pillow?
Would you recommend using a pillow designed especially for people with sleep apnoea?

I've seen a few online but wonder whether standard feather pillow would do just as well.
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RE: Sleep apnoea pillow?
Speaking only for me, there is a difference when using a CPAP or Buckwheat pillow versus other types.   You obtain additional support without "mask push", if there is such a term. Additionally, they seem to aid in reducing chin tuck, which can lead to hypopnea and OA events.
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RE: Sleep apnoea pillow?
Sounds like it's worth a try...
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RE: Sleep apnoea pillow?
I like the Core Products Double Edge CPAP Pillow found on Amazon.
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RE: Sleep apnoea pillow?
I had not even thought of looking into other pillows.
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RE: Sleep apnoea pillow?
I use a buckwheat hulls pillow and like it very well. I can bunch it up a little under my neck and that seems to keep me from chin tucking. It's also surprisingly comfortable.
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In my opinion, most pillows designed for sleep apnea or proper cervical support are worse for positional apnea than a thinner more flexible pillow. I can't even begin to guess the number of people using a contoured memory foam pillow that caused more obstructive apnea than a regular pillow. Read our wiki on positional apnea and you will understand better the mechanics of chin-tucking and its contribution to obstructive apnea clusters http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...onal_Apnea
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RE: Sleep apnoea pillow?
(05-21-2021, 06:05 PM)Sleeprider Wrote: In my opinion, most pillows designed for sleep apnea or proper cervical support are worse for positional apnea than a thinner more flexible pillow. I can't even begin to guess the number of people using a contoured memory foam pillow that caused more obstructive apnea than a regular pillow. 

Huh. Makes sense. Got a cervical pillow and soft collar to try and get rid of the odd nights with more OAs while waiting for my doctor to get onto the ASV. Turns out that my normal lolled head position, which looks like it should cut off my air supply, doesn't, and somehow the pillow did (and the collar didn't seem to be much better but I didn't get a full night with that on). On top of that, both left me with shoulder and neck discomfort the next day, so I'll stick to my old pillow, I think (which is memory foam but not shaped).


See my comparison of Viatom/Wellue and CMS50F oximeters here.

Not a doctor, definitely not your doctor, all advice is given as-is and represents simply my own understanding as a fellow patient and OSCAR user.
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RE: Sleep apnoea pillow?
I agree with Sleeprider. I tried a couple that is said to be 'cervical pillow,' but they didn't do much in terms of reducing my apnea. I use your avg firm Target pillow, and not much difference in terms of AHI from other pillows.

If you are a side-sleeper, a CPAP pillow can be useful, but if you end up on your back with a CPAP pillow that has high profile, it can cause positional apnea from causing chin-tuck.

More important are room temperature, humidity, and cervical collar if there are positional issues causing apnea.

If you live in a dry climate, humidifier is a must for clear nasal passageway, so there will be issues in laying position.
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