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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.
The Dr Dakota neck cushion is very comfortable and does as described. Very effective at supporting chin which in turn keeps mouth closed.
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Got some great help from the team @Hope2Sleep when picking out this chin support. I have used many types of chin straps to compensate for mouth exhalation while using my CPAP. Like anything worthwhile, it took a few days to settle with it, but its working a treat so far. Onward and upwards thanks to new tech.
This cushion works really well. It is comfortable to wear from the first time. I thinks it is more effective and more comfortable than the expensive chin straps . It helped to improved the quality of my sleep as well as helping to prevent a very dry mouth.
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I read the reviews positive and negative and decided to take the plunge. So I measured myself for the size I needed and placed the order. Excellent service from Hope2Sleep as they kept me informed when the delivery would be made. Have only worn it once due to it being too big (ordered large according to sizing guide) and I find it doesnít work for side sleepers with a full mask. As with other reviews the fastening is very fiddly and could be improved. It did not help with my dry mouth and I just gain a stiff neck. Just be aware by the time you have paid the £28 + VAT and postage it comes to nearly £40 a lot of money for item in its box under the bed.
Such a shame as when the cushion works for people they find they can sleep on their side with it, as long as the size is right. If the neck cushion doesn't do the job it's supposed to do it won't help with dry mouth. This would only be improved. Please do contact us for advice as it's imperative to get the dry mouth issue sorted.
Works for me! Has stopped me getting a dry throat. The Velcro securing is a bit fiddly.
I use the Dr Dakota cushion instead of a chin strap and it works well. No more dry mouth and it is comfortable. It also has an added benefit it seems. I wear a F&P full face mask and with the Dr Dakota I can now put my head fully on my pillow on either side without the mask being disturbed/leaking. Before I had to put my head on the edge of the pillow, but it seems that the Dr Dakota helps support it. I am using a reasonably firm latex pillow. A good combination!
This is good news and many people have said they prefer the Dr Dakot to a chin strap (me included). Kath
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.
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