Updated: Mar 30, 2021
Snoring, on its own, isn’t always an issue (except for your bed partner who might think it’s a BIG deal). The deeper concern comes from sleep apnea. Snoring can be a sign that it’s time to get this checked out by a professional.
We’ve listed a few of the negative impacts of sleep apnea:
Fragmented Sleep - waking often throughout the night without even realizing it
Overtaxing Your Heart - blood pressure → heart size → heart attacks & strokes
Light Sleep - frequent waking inhibits deeper, restorative sleep
Sleep Deprivation - without restorative sleep we become less effective and more dangerous (think driving)
Let’s face it, being tired is rough. Sleep deprivation informs everything from weight gain and lowered immunity to impaired driving and low sex drive.
While the pillow you sleep on can’t solve everything, it is an important part of this puzzle. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: supported side-sleeping does a body good!
In a clinical investigation from the American Society of Anesthesiologists, they concluded that, “Lateral position structurally improves maintenance of the passive pharyngeal airway in patients with obstructive sleep apnea.”
Put simply, sleeping on your side creates an optimal scenario for BREATHING. Sounds important, doesn’t it? And we know that most people prefer to sleep on their sides but roll to their backs (and snore) and to their stomachs (and damage their necks) because they can’t find a comfortable solution for side-sleeping.
Want to learn more? Check out our “Benefits of Side-Sleeping” blog.