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jamestaylor +1 point · 3 months ago Original Poster

Hello all. My name is Brian. My father has recently found out he has Sleep Apnea. I want to buy him a special Sleep Apnea pillow but I was wondering if this is something people use? A pillow is a pretty important thing for sleep. I don't want to disturb his sleep. Would anyone here use a special Sleep Apnea pillow?

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abdulghaffar +0 points · 3 months ago

Hi, jamestaylor -- I have tried all kinds of pillows, from expensive down, to down-and-feather combos, to polyfiberfill of different densities, to a special CPAP pillow with side cutouts, etc (which was miserable for me). I settled happily on a foam rubber pillow, medium-soft, that is thick/high enough to support my head with my spine pretty straight, and since I sleep with a full-face mask and have to sleep on my side, I just sleep with my face toward the edge of the pillow. My head's weight is fully supported, and the curve-off of the end of the pillow causes little pressure on the mask, and I sleep much, much better. I have heard some people love buckwheat-hull, as a poster says above, or even flax-seed pillows, and some make their own pillows, but a regular foam-rubber one works so well for me I actually travel with my own pillow now. I would start with assessing how the person sleeps and what their doctor recommends about positional changes, and then experiment from there.

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Sleepea +1 point · 3 months ago

Hello Brian, A sleep apnea pillow does not help, improve or treat sleep apnea. A sleep apnea pillow is designed for use with a CPAP mask by stomach or side sleepers. The pillows have cut-outs on the sides of the pillow so a mask can fit in the space when the user is laying on their side.

Is your father currently using a CPAP machine and is your father a side or stomach sleeper?

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Sherry +0 points · 3 months ago Sleep Commentator

Phillips has a new Positional Sleep Apnea Device that can be used as a treatment for some types of Sleep Apnea. It is much more than a pillow and tracks your sleep.

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