The SONA FDA-Cleared Anti-Snore and Mild Sleep Apnea Pillow doesn’t really look like a pillow at all. In fact you have to actually see a picture with someone using it in order to understand how it would actually be placed under the head.
If you decide to try this pillow be prepared to take a bit of time getting used to it!
Unusual shape and design
The Sona is meant for side sleepers only. Its unusual shape keeps the sleeper from rolling over onto their back and at the same time positions the neck and head at an angle that takes pressure off of the windpipe.
This keeps the airway more open and hopefully the outcome for the sleeper (and those sleeping close by) is less noisy snoring.
- The Sona pillow rises in the centre and tapers off on either side. It stays in one position all night long even if you move from one side to the other. Other anti-snoring pillows can be moved out of position much easier than this one!
- Comes with a pillow case that can be removed and laundered
- Has a thread count of 233
- FDA approved
- Overly firm pillow; too hard for some
- Very large size pillow (12 inches high x 27 inches long x 10 inches wide)
- 12” high in the centre which keeps the sleeper from rolling onto their back but leaves many with a sore neck in the morning
- Proper use of the pillow requires that an arm be slipped underneath and positioned in an upward direction often resulting in shoulder and neck pain in the morning
- Enforces one position and allows for no night-time movement whatsoever
We need to shift, at least a little, bit to keep from stiffening up. After all, we sleep for eight hours usually. It won’t take much imagination to understand just how uncomfortable sleeping with this pillow every night might become.
Anyone who stays in one position with their arm trapped beneath them, pointing up towards the head of the bed, is going to hurt in the morning.
To be fair though, the pillow is designed so that you can sleep on either your right or left side. To shift from side to side you would pretty well have to wake up completely to re-organize your body and arm position. Hopefully you would be able to get back to sleep after all this shifting and rearranging!
While the pillow is very firm at first those who are actually able to stick with it find that the fibre fill eventually softens up and reshapes to their head somewhat. The trick here is to keep at it though. Many find the neck discomfort from the high angle position just too great too persevere.
Does it work to stop snoring?
If you can stay in the position enforced by the Sona Stop Snoring Pillow then there is a chance that snoring can be at least lessened and maybe even stopped altogether. The idea behind the Sona pillow is sound and it appears that this pillow has actually had some independent testing. It is also FDA approved.
While it’s possible the Sona Pillow can work for some people who snore there will still be a group that need more than head and neck repositioning to end their snoring.
The price point is quite high and it discourages experimentation with the pillow costing in the $70 range. If you do go ahead and purchase this anti-snoring pillow be prepared for an adjustment period and learning curve. This pillow will likely take some getting used to!
Click Here to Access the Official Sona Anti-Snore Pillow Website
Which device should I choose?
No one can answer this question for you. Your mouth and needs are unique, so one that I love or that your neighbor swears by may not be the best solution for you.
There are numerous products available to choose from, so if you are feeling overwhelmed this is perfectly normal. I have written several reviews on products I have personally tried and you can always use the chart I compiled for comparison purposes.