There are a few different types of anti-snoring pillows on the market. I think that they’re a great concept, but for an expensive item, you want to know that it was proven in some way to work.
The Nitetronic GoodNite Anti-Snore pillow is said to be the first (and only) clinically proven anti-snoring smart pillow currently available, so it was definitely worth a look.
The Technical Stuff
Nitetronic is a German company, based out of Hamburg. They have released a version of the GoodNite pillow twice; the first GoodNite pillow began selling in 2012 and the second version was released in 2016.
The technology is what I think makes this product stand out. This anti-snore appliance works by sensing when you begin to snore and making adjustments that correct obstructed airways, allowing you to breathe easier. It works with a mobile phone app, which lets you view your statistics and track your improvements.
The GoodNite Anti-Snore pillow has a proven ability to reduce snoring and improve the quality of sleep. The device comes as a single unit – a pillow that has an electronic remote control attached. Some other products come only as an insert to your existing pillow, but this product has the sensors and inflatable air chambers built into a soft polyester pillow.
This pillow is a great size, being a queen-size pillow that measures 24″ X 14.5″ X 3″. That means it has another great feature – it can be fitted with a standard pillowcase, which makes it easy to keep clean.
The pillow is filled with polyester, with the filling higher on the top than the bottom, making it softer to sleep on. The movement caused by inflating the air chambers is designed to be gentle and quiet, which means you aren’t disturbed while you’re trying to sleep.
While the algorithms and technology seemed a bit complicated to me, I found that actually using it is very simple. You plug it in, connect it to the app, and sleep as normal. The pillow contains sensors and air chambers that can inflate and deflate when necessary.
It monitors your breathing sounds and has an app that can record your information and provide advice on the best use for you.
How Does It Work?
This “smart pillow” really is smart! The GoodNite Anti-Snore Pillow can monitor your breathing sounds and snoring, even filtering it out from other background noise like fans. It also monitors where your head is positioned on the pillow.
The sensors are built into the pillow to allow for maximum sensitivity. They are made to track the sound of snoring, vibration caused by snoring and the position of the head, which makes it more accurate in filtering out background noise. The sensors “listen” for snoring sounds, and the pillow inflates, gently and quietly, to around 2-3 inches.
When they detect snoring, they gently adjust your head, either to the side or upwards. The airbags in the pillow then slowly deflate, lowering your head back to its original position.
This change in position stimulates the relaxed muscles that are creating the snoring sound and resets your breathing, which gives you relief from snoring for around 5 – 30 minutes. If you start snoring again, the process repeats itself.
The movement and sound of inflation and deflation are so gentle and quiet that it will not wake the user or anyone sleeping nearby. The sensitivity settings can be adjusted for user preference, using the smartphone app called Nitelink2. This app also records snoring data which can help you track your improvements.
The Clinical Trials
While most anti-snoring products are considered safe, very few have had clinical studies that show they are effective at reducing or eliminating snoring. Studies are expensive, and the results might be inconclusive or not what the company was hoping for.
Sometimes the products don’t work, or are knock-off copies of more expensive brands. That’s why having clinical evidence to support a reduction in snoring is very helpful when choosing an anti-snoring product.
Nitetronic tested 157 people and showed that there was a 67% reduction in snoring throughout that test group. With those encouraging results, in 2014 Nitetronic set up a clinical study of their product.
While conducted by a doctor from Nitetronic (which might mean he could be biased), the study was overseen by a doctor who represented the University ENT clinic at the Mannheim sleep lab, so the results can be trusted.
The participants of the clinical study, aged over 18 with a BMI of under 30, slept at the clinic for 2 consecutive nights. The first night, they used a “normal” pillow, while on the second night they used the GoodNite option. The data was measured electronically, by polysomnography, and also by the patients’ experiences.
The study showed a large decrease in snoring in the participants – in fact, every patient saw an improvement and found their sleep was not affected by the pillow. That’s a great result and makes this anti-snoring product definitely worth trying.
I did my research and decided that I didn’t have too much to lose by trialing this pillow. While there is a money back guarantee, there is a $50 restocking fee, so it’s not entirely risk-free, but after so many positive testimonials it was worth a try. When the pillow arrived, I was pleasantly surprised at how simple it looked. It was just as simple to use.
While some anti-snoring technology can be complicated and require complex charging schedules, the GoodNite is easy to set up. The anti-snore pillow is used in place of your regular pillow. Extending from the pillow is a small base unit and a power plug.
The GoodNite should be plugged into the nearest power source. The base is placed near the bed, on a bedside table or on the floor. The GoodNite pillow is then ready to use. The only other step is to download the app to your smartphone, to track your results.
I am sometimes reluctant to use mobile apps that I’m not familiar with, but this app was worth downloading. The Interlink 2 app is just like other high-level anti-snoring software, but monitors your snoring by connecting directly to the sensors in your pillow via Bluetooth instead of just through your phone’s speakers.
This connection is extremely safe and gives very accurate data because of how close the sensors are to the snorer.
As well as data directly relating to your Anti-Snore Pillow, it gives you a sleep efficiency score for you to review later, which also includes data on your head position and how you slept. You can adjust the sensitivity of the sensors via the app, if you feel the sensors are not as accurate as you would like.
Nitetronic suggests you use the app for 3 days without the pillow, which will give you a good baseline snore percentage of how you normally sleep without the GoodNite Anti-Snore pillow. I did that and then used the app with the pillow for a trial period to see how the pillow decreased my snoring over time.
I downloaded the Nitelink 2 app and used that for a few nights, and got a snore percentage of 17% – I knew I snored, but I didn’t think that much of my night was spent snoring.
I then plugged my pillow into the outlet next to my wall and connected it to the app via Bluetooth.
I normally use a mouthpiece to help with my snoring, but I decided to conduct both tests without it to get a true picture of how well this pillow would work.
I did find the pillow quite firm, and like any change in pillow it takes some getting used to. However, I didn’t find it unbearable, and my sleep improved as the trial went on.
I did not find that I woke or noticed the pillow inflating or deflating. There is a very quiet noise from the engine, but aside from anything else, it’s nothing compared to how I used to snore!
After a few nights of getting accustomed to the new pillow and returning to my usual sleep habits, I got my lowest ever snore rating of 5%. That’s a 12% reduction in snoring, and I really noticed the improvement in my quality of sleep.
I was not expecting such immediate results. Some of the snoring that was recorded sounded more to me like heavier breathing, which is a huge bonus as my snore rating for truly heavy snoring is potentially even lower.
The GoodNite pillow works with your personal snoring to adjust based on what you need each night. The technology and software that have gone into the appliance, as well as the extensive clinical studies that have been performed, make it a high-end anti-snoring product, so you would expect to pay more than your average anti-snoring mouthpiece.
The GoodNite pillow is pretty competitive at $299, which includes free shipping. Nitetronic also offers a 30-night risk-free trial to determine if the GoodNite pillow will work for you. It begins on the day the pillow is delivered, and you have up to 30 days to test it and decide if you would like to continue using it.
While the price might be considered high, don’t forget that custom-fitted anti-snoring mouthpieces (which are far less comfortable) prescribed by dentists can cost upwards of $500 – $1,000. This anti-snoring appliance can be used with other anti-snoring devices if desired, but the extra cost is not necessary.
For most people, the GoodNite Anti-Snore pillow is the only technology they need to reduce or eliminate their snoring. For that reason, I think the price is worth it.
Trial and Warranty
You should give most anti-snoring products a short time to become accustomed to how they feel, so this risk-free trial is a great way to give yourself time to see if the pillow will work for you. I could also track my progress using the app, to see real data on how my sleep improved and my snoring decreased.
This anti-snore pillow should show you an improvement on the first night you use it, and those results should continue for as long as you have the product. 30 days should be more than enough time to get a feel for the product.
If you do decide to return this device, note that there is a $50 restocking fee – so it’s not entirely risk-free. But with the clinical trials and positive reviews, it’s worth the small gamble. If you do decide to keep the product, the pillow also has a 1-year limited warranty.
Nitetronic will cover the material and workmanship of the pillow, but will not cover normal wear and tear or damage resulting from misuse. If you need to use the warranty, Nitetronic covers the shipping.
Sleep Apnea and the GoodNite Pillow
I don’t have sleep apnea (I was tested for it with a sleep study), but a large percentage of snorers do. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and snoring often go hand-in-hand.
If you have OSA and use a CPAP machine, it is important to note that this smart pillow is not intended to replace your CPAP machine.
OSA can be a very serious health condition that has many negative consequences if you don’t follow the advice of an experienced healthcare professional.
It is very unlikely that you will be able to use the GoodNite pillow as a replacement for a CPAP machine, but you may be able to use it as well as the machine for improved results.
Before making any decisions, you should consult with the doctor you are working with to manage your OSA to discuss if the GoodNite pillow is right for you.
Never discontinue use of your CPAP without consulting your doctor.
Similar Products – the Smart Nora
Let’s talk about other options for a minute. The Nitetronic GoodNite pillow isn’t the only smart pillow on the market. The Smart Nora is one of the only other smart anti-snoring pillows that works off a similar principle to the GoodNite pillow.
They cost a similar price, both available for around $300. They both have a control unit that is stored near the bed, and both have an app that works with the pillow. I have tested both and found they are not quite the same for a number of reasons.
Sensors. The GoodNite pillow has sensors built into the pillow, which “listen” for snoring, but are also able to monitor the position of the head and even vibrations caused by snoring. These sensors are connected via a wire to the control unit, which uses the data. The Smart Nora has a small, wireless device called a “pebble” which attaches to a nearby location, and picks up the sound of the snoring.
The pebble system is more likely to pick up background noise and is less precise than the GoodNite. Because the pebble is wireless, it needs regular charging. The GoodNite plugs straight into a power source so you will not need to think about recharging.
Integrated or insert. While the GoodNite sensors and air bladders are integrated into the pillow, the Smart Nora is an insert that is placed inside your regular pillow. While this method is less precise, it does have some advantages for people who find the GoodNite pillow too firm. It also makes the Smart Nora a bit more portable, so if you travel a lot, you might like to take that into consideration.
Air cushion. The Smart Nora has a single air chamber that inflates when snoring is detected. However, the GoodNite has multiple sections that actually move the head up, down and slightly side to side. The inbuilt sensors that detect head position can tell whether to move the head right or left.
So, while the Smart Nora has the slight advantage of being slightly more comfortable (because you choose the pillow to use with the insert) and portable, I think the GoodNite Anti-Snore pillow is probably a better option for most people.
The technology is more advanced, the corrections that can be made are much more precise, and it has the clinical studies to back it up. For the same price, the GoodNite is much better value for money.
My Last Words
If you don’t mind how firm this pillow is, the benefits are truly impressive. It was an excellent way to improve my snoring and drastically improved my sleep. The app and sensors worked together to give me an accurate and informative overview of my quality of sleep.
The technology is easy to understand and use, and the price is very competitive with similar products. The inflation was gentle and quiet, and the product can be used with other anti-snoring devices if desired. The app is compatible with either iPhone or Android, which makes it useful to almost everyone.
I saw a drastic improvement in my quality of sleep, and I think that this is a product that is well worth trialing. I plan to keep using it, and my wife is very impressed with the reduction in noise (and loves not having to look at me every night with my anti-snoring mouthpiece in!).
All in all, the Nitetronic GoodNite Anti-Snoring Pillow is a great product that was worth my investment.
Official website: www.nitetronic.com