The Pillow Savior? | My SlumberBUMP Review

I’ve tried all the conventional anti-snoring devices in my search for a snoring cure. Typically, those were mouthpieces I wore like dentures while I slept. I bought the SlumberBUMP because I had a hard time adjusting to a mouth guard. As this review will show, I can truly say that SlumberBUMP reduced my terrible snoring.

Have you have noticed your partner complains more about your snoring when you sleep on your back? What I’ve learned from doing some internet research is that sleeping positions is one of the main snoring culprits.  Sleeping on your side has been scientifically shown to open your airways more.

Some people don’t have any problem with snoring when they sleep on their side. This is my problem, but I didn’t know that for a long time. I thought, hey, I snore so let me try some anti-snoring devices. I tried MADs and TRDs, but my wife still complained about my snoring from time to time. Eventually, she happened to mention that it's worse when I’m on my back.

The SlumberBUMP is a small pillow strapped around your body while you sleep. The pillow part is in the back and makes it unlikely that you’re going to move onto your back while sleeping. The pillow is an air pocket that prevents turning over. It’s a pretty simple approach to positional therapy for snoring.

So, in addition to oral application therapy, the SlumberBUMP provides a dose of positional therapy. Two therapies at once can’t be bad, right? To test out the idea I tried filling an old fanny pack with tennis balls. It seemed to work, but the makeshift device I came up with was uncomfortable. I took the plunge on the SlumberBUMP because it seemed like it would be more comfortable.

First Impressions of the Product

It looks like a small backpack or fanny pack, and it costs $79. When you first get the product, you will have to inflate it. It’s more like an inflatable toy than a sleeping pillow. The nozzle for blowing it up is located on the side under another Velcro tab.

It’s clear that the makers of the SlumberBUMP wanted to make a product that looked nice.  The outer shell that covers the inflatable bladder appears to be made from some kind of nylon. It seems pretty durable, but I won’t know until months down the line. The inflatable bladder is pretty strong, but I’m not sure you would be able to jump on it as they claim on the website.

I had ordered the one-size-fits-all model of the SlumberBUMP, which the website said was new. Before that, they just had the individual sizes, which they still sell.  The Velcro on the strap is a long strip to create the one-size-fits-all.

What I thought was great was that the strap had a nice mesh section in the middle which keeps it from getting too hot.

The First Night Using the SlumberBUMP™

I put it on with a nice tight fit around my torso. It’s not a complicated device to use, but it takes some getting used to. The first night I strapped it on it felt fairly awkward.

I noticed one problem right away. I would start on my side, with the SlumberBUMP on my back. If I shifted toward the slumberBUMP while I was falling asleep the strap would begin to rotate around my chest.

So I tightened the strap more than tight. That seemed to take care of the rotation problem. It was a little tight but just felt like someone was hugging you.

I had nightmares with the SlumpBUMP, I can’t explain how that happens.   They went away after the first night.

I eventually got used to the SlumberBUMP after a few nights. It feels natural to wear it now, and it has so far eliminated my snoring. I read a few other reviews online that said the bladder would no longer hold air after the 6-month mark. I’m hoping that won’t happen to mine.

Ultimately, SlumberBUMP is an inexpensive solution to the problem of snoring. While mouthguards have to be replaced once a year, I feel like the SlumberBUMP will last a few years at least, before wearing out. So maybe I will save money in the long run.

The Bottom Line

This is a training device to help you learn to sleep on your side. If your snoring is exacerbated by sleeping on your back, then this is the product for you. If you have been using oral application therapy and are still having issues with snoring, this might be the extra trick you need. One clinical trial found that it prevented snoring in over 80% of snorers.

They say that it takes 21 days to create a habit. The SlumberBUMP is a new habit you will need to form, and it takes several days to get used to it. However, if your snoring is caused by sleeping on your back, then I suggest you run, not walk, to get this product.

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