April 08, 2022 by PrimeClean
It’s already said a lot about CPAP pillows...we all know their main purpose is to help to sleep with a CPAP mask and tubing, reduce discomfort, allow side sleeping, and more activity during sleep. However, besides being a CPAP accessory, it can be helpful in cases of common snoring, and neck and shoulders soreness… Let's take a look at the CPAP pillow from another perspective, let's see the best CPAP pillow for neck pain as well as the best pillow to use with CPAP machine.
Having a good night's sleep is a foundation for a healthy life. Sleep is a part of our existence and no less important than any other (awaken) activity in our lives. Humans spend on average around 8 hours per day sleeping. Sleep Foundation defines sleep as an essential function that allows your body and mind to recharge, leaving you refreshed and alert when you wake up. A thing that can significantly influence your sleep quality is having one of the sleeping disorders or uncomfortable sleeping conditions. Snoring is one more condition or habit that can influence the quality of sleep, more likely to your bed partner than you to be honest…but it is also easily treatable and shouldn’t be ignored.
The 3 most common sleep disorders are insomnia, sleep apnea, and RLS (restless leg syndrome). All of the mentioned disorders are treatable, and in some more severe cases require medical assistance… In the context of CPAP pillow, sleep apnea is a medical condition that is treated with CPAP therapy. The CPAP therapy requires wearing a face mask during sleep, which can be uncomfortable and can limit sleeping habits (side sleeping is definitely an issue). And that's where a CPAP pillow can be helpful, a lot.
Uncomfortable sleeping conditions, a mattress that is not according to your need, or just doesn't feel comfortable; or pillow that is too soft, too thick, too thin, too hard, etc. or just feels uncomfortable… The non-fitting pillow is easy to notice, if you keep waking up every morning (or often) with neck pain or sore upper back and shoulders, most likely you would want to replace your pillow. And again, that's where a CPAP pillow helps a lot.
Snoring is a condition that you can live with, but it’s also a condition that is (in the most case easily) treatable. The sound of snoring is created when parts of the throat partially block the airways and the airflow is causing throat muscles and tissue to vibrate causing the snoring sound. It mostly happens when a person is sleeping on their back. Once again, a CPAP pillow can be of help with snoring issues as well.
CPAP Pillow – What makes it different?
We already wrote about CPAP (sleep apnea) pillows in one of our previous articles. CPAP pillow is considered a medical pillow; it is not a prescription therapy but you might get a recommendation from your physician to use one for different reasons (as mentioned above, sleep apnea, neck, and shoulders pain, snoring).
What makes it different than a regular pillow? It is their shape, material, and use.
We can differentiate 3 most common types of these pillows:
(Memory) foam pillows – made of special (memory) foam, usually different density/hardness in different parts of the pillow, that helps support your head and neck the same way throughout the night without changing its shape;
CPAP pillows – specially designed pillows, with dents and cuts, it is created in such a way that it follows the CPAP mask and tube/hose, making it a perfect fit that keeps the CPAP mask in its place, and tubes untangled;
Wedge pillow – this is a triangular-shaped pillow that does what its name suggests and acts like a wedge that lifts up the upper body and keeps it in that position during the night.
They can all be used to help with any of the above-mentioned conditions and issues, but some are more specific in resolving certain conditions than others; for example, the best pillow to use with CPAP machine is CPAP pillow, the best solution for snoring or neck pain is wedge pillow, best solution neck, and shoulders pain issue is memory foam pillow.
All 3 types of pillows have one thing in common, they are all designed to help people reduce the discomfort they are experiencing during sleep. We had this in mind when we designed our CPAP pillow…we interviewed over 1000 people (CPAP therapy users, people with (just) snoring issues, people with upper body, neck, and head pain; some had only one of those conditions, and some had multiple) and we designed the perfect pillow that covers all conditions while focusing on CPAP therapy users. The feedback we got (and keep getting) is great. Many users find the stress-relieving effect of using a CPAP pillow a life-changing moment.
PrimeClean CPAP Pillow, with its unique design features, allows patients to sleep comfortably and in compliance with its special features made especially for nightly CPAP therapy users. It is created with the sole purpose to help improve your nighttime PAP Therapy comfort no matter if you are a side, back, or stomach sleeper. As CPAP industry trends improve the overall quality of materials and accessories, PrimeClean CPAP pillow is made from the latest-technology materials, and following the users’ experiences and suggestions; the memory foam construction conforms to the contours of the face providing a firm yet soft support.
It is also considered to be (one of) the best CPAP pillow for neck pain; thanks to its foam structure and different elevation sides, it is constructed and designed so it helps relieve upper body pain and soreness.
People usually might never have given it much thought, but pillows work by counterbalancing your full body weight to relieve pressure from the head, neck, back, and hip joints for repair and restoration from the day’s wear and tear.
PrimeClean pillow’s proprietary Bounce-Tech Memory Foam offers incredible balanced support that cradles the user's head, neck, and shoulders; by doing this, it reacts to the body offering superior, comfortable support. And on the other hand, the curved bottom edge allows the shoulder to rest naturally and the slight center recess promotes proper head and neck alignment. This tested orthopedic design successfully alleviates aches and pains by supporting and aligning the upper body. It helps relieve muscle fatigue, pain, and soreness all while you sleep, and it also helps promote proper spine alignment so you are always awake refreshed, and relaxed.
All this makes it easy for us to say that the PrimeClean CPAP pillow is (maybe) the best cpap pillow for neck pain.
Sleeping is an activity that must be pleasant and beneficial
If you are waking up tired and/or with pain (neck, shoulders, head), you are not sleeping well, and you need to change that.
The first step and the smallest change you should make is trying to change your pillow. Switching to one of these "medical" pillows and getting used to sleeping on them can take some time…but after you pass that short period of getting used to it, you will start to feel all the benefits of a CPAP pillow. Whether it's neck pain, CPAP therapy, or you want to try and get rid of snoring, give a medical pillow a chance. It is a cheap investment (most manufacturers even offer a 30-day trial period), and the benefits can be huge.
Once again, sleeping is an activity that must be pleasant and beneficial, think about it…