A supportive pillow and mattress are the foundation of a good night’s rest. Is your pillow still providing the proper neck and spinal support you need? If you’re waking up in the morning or throughout the night with neck pain, it may be time for a new pillow. Experts recommend replacing pillows every 12 to 18 months with two years being the maximum time you sleep with the same pillow.
Pillows that are poor quality or not fit properly to your body type can worsen neck and shoulder pain, headaches, and wheezing. Not to mention the dust mites, mold, fungus, and skin cells that accumulate on older pillows.
Your sleeping style, your perfect pillow
When we sleep it is important to maintain the neck’s natural curve. If we are not using a supportive pillow, our neck can become bent abnormally forward, or to the side. These positions can cause our neck and shoulder muscles to strain. When a pillow fits our body type, our head, neck, and shoulders are aligned to relieve pain and pressure points throughout the night.
Here are a few points on pillows that work best based on your sleeping style:
- When sleeping on your back: A medium support pillow that maintains the natural curvature of your head, neck, and upper spine, such as the TEMPUR-Neck Pillow, throughout the night.
- When sleeping on your side: A pillow that is high with firm support to cradle the neck, head, and shoulders. The CountourSide Pillow by Relax The Back uses a memory foam contour and shoulder cradle to provide correct support for proper spinal alignment.
- When sleeping on your stomach: While this position isn’t recommended as it can cause strain on the back and neck muscles.
Get fitted for your next pillow
From preferred sleep positions, to your body type, to the type of mattress you sleep on, there are many factors that determine which pillow is best suited for your specific needs. Pillows are not one size fits all. When you visit your local Relax The Back location, our trained specialists can help find the right pillow for you. Stop by to test out different styles, shapes, and brands.
Through one-on-one support, we will determine a pillow that fits your sleeping style and comfort needs while addressing any pain or discomforts you may be experiencing throughout the day.
Visit us today and be on your way to a better night’s sleep.