Heavy snorers are more at risk from sudden death from heart problems, but using pillows to raise chest to a 45° angle while sleeping cuts heart risk, reports The Daily Mail.

Professor Francesco Cappuccio, cardiologist at the University of Warwick, said: ‘In patients with heart failure, sleep apnoea can become more frequent and given the vulnerability of the heart, sleep apnoea is a potential trigger for a number of events, including sudden cardiac death.

‘Unlike sleeping in the supine position, sleeping at a 45-degree angle on the back could be beneficial, as there will be less pressure on the airways.’

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