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August 12, 2016

Do you know you are using the right pillow?

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When you need to choose the right pillow, there is no one-size- fits-all formula. Some of sleep on their sides, some on their backs, some on their stomachs, while others shift positions throughout the night. There isn’t any such thing as the “right” sleeping position, but there is the right pillow for your sleeping style. The biggest cause of neck pain is almost always the pillow that you’re using.

If you regularly awake to a stiff neck or a sharp pain down your spine when move your head, your problems could be coming from your pillow. Most people shrug off these symptoms as normal, or blame stress or long hours in front of a computer for their tensions. Certainly these factors contribute, but if your neck and spine aren’t properly aligned while you’re sleeping, neck pain and aches will inevitably follow.

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Your pillow holds your head while you sleep, offering not just comfort, but support. If you sleep on your back, you’ll want a thinner pillow so your head isn’t thrown too far forward. It’s also possible to get a pillow with extra support in the bottom third that will cradle your neck. Side sleepers will need a firm pillow to support the gap between the ear and shoulder, keeping the cervical spine straight. Finally, if you’re a stomach sleeper, you’ll want a thin, almost flat pillow. And if you don’t use a pillow under your head, consider tucking one under your stomach.

Your pillow needs to be comfortable, but be mindful that a wide variety of pillows exist. There are different fills--including down feathers, memory foam, latex, buckwheat hull and micro bead, as well as many different sizes and shapes to select. Again, there is no single correct type. Traditional down pillows are soft, but synthetic pillows can offer more support. You pillow can be used to prop up your neck and upper body, but also to support knees, legs and hips for extra comfort and stress relief.

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Here are some factors to consider when choosing the best pillow for your optimal night’s sleep:

  • Your pillow should be wide enough to accommodate both your head and neck. If only your head can rest on the pillow, your neck won’t be supported, and it will be exposed to air. The support and warmth combined alleviate stiffness.
  • Pillows have specific shapes for specific purposes. A wedge shape won’t be comfortable if you sleep on your back, regardless of how soft it is. Choose your pillow shape based on your sleeping style.
  • The different fills in a pillow also offer particular benefits, which may or may not be useful to you. A feather or down based pillow, regardless of quality, will not solve your neck problems if you sleep on your side since they can not provide support for your neck. Try water based or memory foam pillows.

And finally, avoid using two or more pillows under your head. Too many pillows will tilt your head unnaturally and cause strain on your neck. One is enough when you choose the right pillow. 

 

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