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Brand: Dr Dakota
We have introduced this Dr Dakota Neck Cushion primarily for CPAP and Non-invasive Ventilator users to help keep the chin supported to encourage nasal breathing and prevent the chin falling out of the bottom of the mask. It is a good alternative to chin straps, which don't suit everyone as in some people they can cause the jaw to fall backwards, thus making the apnoeas worse.
This should also help many snorers, but please note we never encourage people to treat their snoring without also investigating to see if the cause of snoring is sleep apnoea, which is dangerous if untreated!
This Neck Cushion/Chin Support by Dr Dakota is unique in that, unlike most neck cushions/collars it only has the bulk of the cushion at the front, ensuring it is more comfortable when lying down. The back has a comfortable adjustable thin strip to secure the neck cushion in place.
We at the charity have been trialling it (like we do with all of our products before releasing them) and one of our trustees has a serious neck injury, but she found it caused no more discomfort that she already lives with, and if anything it offered her extra support by preventing her neck falling forwards during sleep.
Keeping the chin supported has many positives, for which this product can help with, for both mask users and general snorers:-
This Dr Dakota neck cushion has an added benefit for travelling, and whilst it does not claim to stop the apnoeas, it may help minimise them at times when it's not practical or possible to use CPAP, such as on short flights or car journeys etc. It could quite well stop or minimise the snoring, and prevent a stiff neck.
Made of Memory Foam, with washable, anti-microbial, mite resistent, patented Jacquard Velvet covering.
The large size appears to be the most common and is supplied in blue only. It is designed for those who have a length of 5 inches or more from the bottom of the neck to the chin. 2 side straps are included.
The regular size comes in either blue or red and is more suitable for children and adults with a shorter than 5 inch measurement from the bottom of the neck to the chin. 2 side straps are included.
If you snore very loud even with your mouth closed, then this product may not work for you. Please investigate whether your snoring is actually sleep apnoea, which is dangerous if untreated - see this article 'What Is Sleep Apnoea?'
The following video is presented by Jason, a world reknowned USA Sleep Tech showing the positive benefits of this product. However, before watching, please bear in mind that the Dr Dakota Neck Cushion does NOT claim this product will cure sleep apnoea, and has responsibly re-vamped the new packaging boxes which in future will say "Snoring & CPAP Accessory." There is also a full page on their website warning about sleep apnoea.
I purchased this cushion to see if it would be better for me than a chin strap which is causing a lot of facial marking . It is an extremely well made piece of equipment very soft fabric, concealed zip and extreme care in its making and I so hoped it would work, but sadly not for me unfortunately. I just could not get comfortable with it . I have numerous health issues and have an inflammatory arthritis which despite lots of medication gives me pain all over everyday especially neck and shoulders. I am certain this neck cushion will be suitable for lots of people just not me this time. However Iíve still given it 4 stars as I feel itís a well made product .
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Thanks for taking the time to give your honest feedback Margaret, even though it wasn't the solution for you personally.
Soft, comfortable, yet solid support to keep one's chin from dropping when sleeping, so that we don't breathe through our mouths (my problem!). Also prevents SNORING! Magical!
Glad you're finding this new products so successful Susie 😊
It does the job for me, although under chin feels bruised, but I'm hoping that the soreness goes away with regular use. Works much better than chin straps, and no longer have neck pain and stiffness upon wakening, Would certainly recommend this neck cushion
The only reason I didn't give this 5* is because it's a bit awkward fastening it, but please don't let that put you off buying it.The cushion is very comfortable on and it does keep my mouth closed throughout the night. I definitely recommend it.
I have been wearing this for several nights and find it very comfortable. My husband tells me that I seem to be much more relaxed at night time and that I appear to be sleeping very soundly since I've been using the neck cushion. The only thing I would say is that I imagine it would be rather hot in the summer, but at this time of year, it's lovely. And very comfortable.
Saw this in the shop had no idea what it was I wanted a strap to help keep my mouth closed while I Slept.Thought it was way too big to workTried it that night and it is absolutely fantastic does exactly what I wanted it for. The only negative I thought was the Velcro strap could be better designed as it can irritate the neck but the cover on it does do a great job.Maybe room for improvement there but overall just the product I needed 9/10
Supports your chin very well and have used it for a full night's sleep when I couldn't use CPAP (I suffer from nose bleeds). Also excellent when having a snooze in a chair or in the car!There are, however, a couple of design issues. The cushion attaches via velcro straps which also provide adjustment. If you don't get the velcro adjusted just right it can rub and irritate your neck. The strap has to be passed through a loop at the side and its quite tight so can be tricky; and you have to do this every time you wear the device. The cushion needs a quick release buckle so that once you have got the straps the correct length you can leave them alone.The cover zips off and the zip is badly positioned; it can dig into your chest. The pull part of the zip is quite small and pointy; so it hurts!So...almost brilliant. I look forward to version two!
Thanks for the detailed review Ian.
Glad I got this. Three nights in a row ( I've used it three nights) no apneas...loving it. I dont make this statement at all, but this qualifies, so here it is " I swear by it" If you have leaks all the time, consider the investment.
Wow! So pleased to hear how this has transformed your sleep and especially your sleep apnoea Jerome 😊
Not brilliant, not even good. Too bulky. One the web site Looked like a cushion to just hold ones chin-up. For Cushion... think brick. Went back to a simple chin strap the night after first use.Sorry, just was not impressed. Took a punt on the £30 cost. I lost this one.
Sorry the cushions hasn't worked for you Christopher like it has for so many. We don't kid ourselves that every product works for everyone sadly, but thanks for leaving the review to help others.
I have problems with jaw dropping while asleep & pain. This cushion is excellent, and more comfortable than expected. I find I get a better AHI and no dry mouth with it and the Amara View. Will use it on long journeys too. Doesnít stop the snoring completely on its own but reduces it a lot (says husband). On,y reason for 4 stars not 5 is that even the shorter of the 2 straps provided is a bit too long for my skinny neck but manageable. Excellent service from Hope2sleep as ever! Thank you!
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