The number of anti-snoring devices on the market has grown in the last several years. Devices include mouthpieces, tongue depressors, nose clips, chin straps, and pillows. There are even surgical procedures to help eliminate snoring.
Anti-snore pillows are not a new product segment. Traditionally, they come in several varieties such as side sleeping, wedge-shaped, cervical, and body pillows. Although they position the head and neck in different ways, they all work on the same principal – keeping the tongue and jaw in a forward position to keep the airway unobstructed.
The new entrants into the market are 'smart pillows.' These pillows use a bio-feedback mechanism to control the position of the head on the pillow to reduce snoring. Some of them even have apps to track the user’s snoring!
One of the newest smart pillows has risen to the top of the ranks in successfully reducing or eliminating snoring.
In a 2014 clinical study at the University ENT Clinic in Mannheim, Germany, 157 patients were studied using the goodnite™ pillow, and all of them benefited from a significant reduction in snoring.
The study also showed that the operation of the pillow was gentle enough it did not cause a reduction in the total sleep time of the participants and concluded that the head rotation affected by the pillow is responsible for the reduction of snoring.
In a 2013 field test, the University ENT Clinic also demonstrated a snoring reduction of 67% with users in the home environment.
Introduced in Europe in 2012 and the U.S. and Canada in 2016, the pillow is German engineered and designed to reduce snoring and promote deep, restorative sleep. The pillow is comfortable and easy to use. It is non-invasive and has no side effects, other than the benefits of a great night’s sleep!
The pillow looks like a traditional pillow with a tube and a small air compressor attached to it. When the user is asleep, sensors in the pillow detect breathing and snoring sounds as well as the position of your head. When snoring is detected, the sensors activate the soundless air pump which inflates one of the several air chambers in the pillow. This turns the head gently to one side. If snoring begins again, the pumps manipulate the air chambers to again rotate the head.
With this movement, the distance between the tongue and throat increases, and the soft palate and throat are straightened, thus alleviating snoring.
This technologically advanced pillow is also Bluetooth enabled and includes two apps that work with the goodnite ™ pillow.
Nitelink app – This app records your snoring using the microphone on your mobile phone.
Nitelink2 app – This app monitors your snoring by connecting your smartphone to your goodnite ™ pillow. The app produces a ‘sleep efficiency score’ and shows other information about your sleep such as head position charts. The app is most effective if you follow their suggestion to not activate your pillow for the first three nights. This allows the app to gather baseline data on your sleep so you can track the pillow’s (and your) success in the battle against snoring.
While the Nitelink apps are a fantastic benefit of the goodnite ™ pillow, the pillow can be used without installing the apps on your smartphone. Just turn on the pillow and enjoy a great night’s sleep!
In addition to advanced technology, the pillow also has some other notable features:
The pillow itself is not washable, but the cover is. Nitetronic also recommends you use a pillowcase.
While not designed to take the place of your CPAP machine, the pillow can be used in addition to your CPAP machine to promote even better sleep.
The goodnite™ pillow will help alleviate snoring in whatever position you choose to sleep in.
This is the pillow for you if snoring causes problems for you and your partner! With all its excellent features and technology, the Nitetronic goodnight anti-snore pillow could help you win the war on snoring.