Is A Sleep Apnea Pillow Right for You?

No, a sleep apnea pillow is not a special kind of pillow that will magically stop your sleep apnea. I wish.

Rather, these are pillows that are designed to work with your sleep apnea device, such as a cpap, and still be able to sleep comfortably in any position. They work just like theĀ bath mats in a bathroom, whose job is to keep the feet happy and comfortable.

I have a few reservations about such a pillow. Actually, just one. That is that the ideal sleeping position for anyone is on one’s back. A CPAP forces a person to stay in (approximately) that position, which is good for your health, quality of sleep, and even can reduce apnea and snoring.

Nevertheless, I sympathize with those who don’t want to sleep on their backs. It can be uncomfortable and takes some getting used to. When you through a CPAP machine into the mix, well, like I said, I sympathize.

A sleep apnea pillow is simply a pillow that is contoured, or otherwise shaped, to make room for an apnea machine. They allow for your head to rest on the pillow, but the apnea machine does not.

Here are a few examples of some apnea machines, with links to Amazon if you want to look at them more closely or even buy one.

Sleep Apnea Pillow




Sleep Apnea Pillow – CPAP Pillow




Core Products CPAP Pillow



Core Products CPAP Pillow




Ultimately, what you can expect from a sleep apnea pillow is good neck support for back and side sleeping, reduction in pressure point soreness and elimination of air leakage caused by the pillow pressing against the CPAP machine. There are no perfect pillows, but these do a pretty good job.

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