Do you have a good night sleep? Do you wake up feeling rested? Do you wake up with a sore or tight neck? Do you wake up with Pin’s & Needles in your hands? Do you wake up with headaches? Then it maybe time to look for a new pillow.
Choosing the correct pillows for neck pain is individually a very important decision to make. Most people try the hit and miss technique. They buy and try as many pillows as they can till they find the pillow that they are comfortable with. This technique for choosing a pillow is very expensive and can cause added stress and tension to your neck and upper back.
Why is it important to have the right pillow?
Incorrect spinal posture is a major cause of back and neck problems. A third of your life is spent sleeping, so correct sleeping posture is a must. If your pillow is the wrong height, both muscles and joints will be affected. In some cases, incorrect head and neck positioning can even effect breathing and be the cause of snoring. Not only do you need to get enough sleep, you need to get enough good quality sleep.
Having an incorrect sleeping posture can prevent you from having a good night sleep and lead you to continually wake up and not feel rested. In addition, common complaints resulting from either an incorrect pillow or sleeping position include neck stiffness and headaches.
What to look for in a pillow?
A pillow should be designed to support your head and neck in a neutral position aligned with the rest of your spine. The necessary height of your pillow will vary depending on the position you sleep in, which depending on your spinal health, should either be your side or your back. Your pillow should provide lasting support to your head and neck, without continually needing to adjust your sleeping position to get comfortable. There should be no space between your neck and pillow.
A good quality pillow will support your head and neck throughout the night allowing you to wake having a good night sleep feeling refreshed.
At Back to Basics Chiropractic we use and recommend memory foam pillows and have found the complete sleeprrr range of pillows to be the most supportive pillows currently available.
For a complete range of pillows that we recommended and use in our clinics click here.