Having the right bed pillows is not only comforting, they play an important role in supporting the intricate structures of the head, neck, shoulders, hips, and spine. When used well, pillows help in alleviating or preventing many common forms of back and neck pain, as well as shoulder, hip, and other forms of joint pain.
Pillows serve to keep the upper body in alignment during sleep, relieving pressure and counterbalancing the points in the body. The pillow should adjust to fit one's unique shape, curves, and sleeping position and alleviate any pressure points.
An unsupportive pillow can make conditions that already exist worse. If you have headaches, it can exacerbate them. If you have neck pain, it can accentuate it. If you tend to get numb in your arm or shoulder when you sleep, an unsupportive pillow will make it happen more often. The same goes for any general discomfort that you have when you sleep including sneezing, snoring, and coughing.
Old pillows can aggravate allergies. Over time pillows can double their original when purchased weight. They collect skin cells, perspiration residue, dust mites, even simple strains of fungus. You may not have easily aggravated allergies, but laying on & breathing close to an aging pillow every night can eventually affect immune systems and airways.
The kinesthetic purpose of a pillow is to keep the upper body aligned when lying down. It counterbalances the spines positioning and relieves pressure from our joints and muscles. A good pillow is so essential. It supports the body as it rests and helps to restore it from physical, postural, and nervous pressure that builds up during the day. Without the ability to recover, your spine, neck, shoulders become over used & may cause tightness, spasms or increase the chances of damage.
You need a good night’s sleep. Without it, not only will you have lower energy levels during the day, it will likely affect your mood and even your health. For your immune system to continue fighting off bacteria and viruses, it needs rest. And this is where a great pillow pays dividends. Its proven, uncomfortable sleep conditions lower the quality of sleep in extreme cases cause people to lose up to an hour of sleep a night.
HOW TO KNOW WHICH PILLOW IS RIGHT FOR YOU
1. Your Sleep Position
Most people move & reposition when sleeping. They do not just get into bed, lie down in a specific position, and then remain there for eight hours. Typically, people favour a particular position. This position is either on one of their sides, on their back, or their stomach.
Stomach sleepers require a pillow that will not elevate their head too much. If it is overly elevated, it will puts strain on the neck. Therefore a slim pillow is best. Interestingly, a pillow under the stomach can help to prevent back pain for stomach sleepers.
Side sleepers need a pillow with medium thickness, allowing their head to be elevated enough to keep it aligned with the spine. A contoured pillow will also work well, as well a pillow placed between the thighs.
Back sleepers should look for wedge pillows or pillows that medium or medium-thick.
For individuals who don’t have a preferred sleep position ie – combination sleepers a pillow with a mix of different types of fillers will likely allow them to adjust the pillow to their different needs (i.e., a lower height when they are on their stomach).
2. The Ideal Pillow Filler For You
When it comes to the fill of a pillow, there is no right choice. It merely depends on what you need and want.
The most inexpensive option would be a polyester or synthetic down fill. These pillows are typically less money but will need to be replaced more often. They can wear out faster than their natural counterparts. There is nothing wrong with this filler, it is ideal for those who prefer a medium softness to their pillow.
Memory foam pillows will conform to your body and respond to your body weight and heat. It has a unique technology that enables it to evenly distribute weight across its surface, making it more supportive of the head, neck, and shoulder muscles.
Pillows with natural fibre fillings are a great choice. Wool pillows are naturally hypoallergenic and have longevity. They also are resistant to both dust mites and mould. Wool typically offers a firmer feel and helps regulate temperature. Feather tends to be a softer option, it offers a more luxurious feel & again helps keep hot sleepers cooler during the night. Down pillows are considered the highest quality & balance the tensions & longevity plus increase the fantastic feeling of luxury.
To find out more please contact our in store sleep specialists who can advise you of the perfect pillow for you.