Choosing the right pillow
There’s nothing better than starting off your day after a good night’s sleep. However, in our busy fast-paced lives, sleep is a luxury and overlooking the small details that can improve or worsen it can be easy. One of the main issues concerning poor sleep is an inadequate pillow.
Pillows (and especially memory foam pillows) can not only have a positive or negative impact on our quality of sleep, they also play a role in how well we rest and recharge ourselves. The right pillow can help you feel fresh, happy and energetic when you wake up in the morning but the wrong one worsen headaches and cause neck pain, sneezing, wheezing and arm numbness according to orthopaedic surgeon, Andre Hecht, MD. Furthermore, if your pillow is too old, it may consist of skin cells, fungus, dust mites and mildew, making up most of the pillow’s weight.
How to choose the right pillow
In order to improve the quality of your sleep and reduce or prevent neck pain, you need to find the right pillow. Individuals who sleep on their side would benefit from a pillow that fills just the gap between the ear and the mattress. This will prevent the head from tilting.
If you’re a back sleeper, you should use a pillow that prevents your head from tilting forward or backward.
There is a wide variety of pillows in the market to choose from but despite the popularity level of each type of pillow, it is essential that you pick a pillow that provides adequate support and helps you sleep well. As a rule of thumb, choose a pillow that keeps your neck in a neutral position – this mostly depends on how you sleep.
Don’t have a clue about the types of pillow available in the market? We’ve got you covered:
1. Feather pillows
We all know what feather pillows are. If you aren’t allergic to feathers, this may be a good choice because feather pillows can be adjusted to fit your head shape. Moreover, they provide less resistance as compared to traditional foam pillows.
2. Orthopaedic pillows
Orthopedic pillows are designed to maintain that neutral position of your neck and maintain its natural curve.
3. Cervical pillows
Cervical pillows are roll-shaped pillows that are utilized to relieve neck pain and stress by neutralizing your neck position and maintaining the natural shape and position of your head and neck during your sleep.
4. Memory foam pillows
Another great option is a pillow which comes in a traditional shape but with memory foam which conform to the curve of your neck.
The right Sleeping position
While investing in a good pillow may be critical for a good night’s sleep, so is your sleep position. Make sure you avoid propping your head too high up on several pillows. Ideally, your head shouldn’t bend forward or backward. If you are reading in bed, make sure your head and neck are supported in a neutral position.
When it comes to getting proper sleep, sleeping on your back or side are considered to be the best options. Sleeping on your stomach allows your head and neck to be twisted and turned into an unnatural position; which can cause neck pain when you wake up in the morning.
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