Pillows can make or break a good night’s rest. It follows then that the types of pillows you use in your bedroom are important in determining how well you sleep at night. Using the wrong type of pillows can eventually lead to neck or shoulder aches over time. Prolonged use of wrong pillows may also cause a variety of more serious health problems such as sinus and sneezing issues.
Everyone has a different sleeping pattern that they’re used to or that they’re comfortable with. These patterns include back, side, stomach or starfish. Depending on how you sleep, your positions during the night will require different supports for your head, neck and back too. Ideally, you’ll want your spine to be aligned in a neutral manner.
For stomach sleepers, you mostly only need a little support for your head. This means that pillows which are softer or thinner will be most suitable for you. Loft or also known as the pillow height is what you should primarily be looking at. A stomach sleeper pillow should be able to compress easily to prevent your neck from arching upwards in an unnatural position as you sleep.
Back sleepers, on the other hand, require a pillow that has a medium level of support. A perfectly flat pillow will cause your neck and thus, spine to bend backwards and this is what causes neck pain in the morning. Make sure that as you sleep on your back, your posture is straight. If you feel as if your head is bent forward, your pillow is probably too high for you. The same goes for side sleepers. If a pillow isn’t firm enough and the side of your head sinks too low into the pillow, that will cause the upper part of your neck to be strained, which then leads to neck pain too. If it’s neck pain you’re worried about, we suggest you take a look at these neck pain pillows.
Things become a little more complicated for people who enjoy sleeping in multiple positions at night. For such situations, it’s best to buy a pillow that is slightly more firm than medium. Because pillows tend to soften over time, it’ll be easy for you and your body to get used to the firmness after some use. There will be a limit to how much a pillow can be compressed, and by the time it reaches maximum compression, the pillow will be just right for both stomach, back and side sleeping.
You’ll also want to consider the types of material the pillow is stuffed with. From feathers and down to memory foam and latex, each has its own firmness factor. Memory foam pillows (along with latex) tend to be firmer than feather ones, but they’re usually also more expensive. If you don’t have a strict budget, it’ll be better to go for a memory foam pillow because it offers really good support and has a high compression factor, which means that most types of sleeping positions at night can be accommodated by this type of pillow. Before you buy one though, make sure you try it for about 10 minutes to make sure that you feel comfortable using it.
A pillow shouldn’t cost more than $100 though and this is the case even for very good brands such as Snuggle-Pedic. You might also have come across certain expensive orthopedic pillows, but these are really unnecessary. Most of your neck pain problems and whatnot can easily be resolved by choosing the right pillow types as opposed to the brands or medical specifications.