Do you need a new pillow?

Waking up with neck pain sucks.
Waking up with neck pain sucks.

I’ve always been a firm pillow person. If my head sinks down into my pillow, I feel like I’m sleeping downhill.  After some research on how high your pillow should be, I changed how I picked a pillow and what I found comfortable, and this has vastly improved my neck from stiff and needing stretching in the morning to pain free awakenings. If you wake up with a neck that crackles as you stretch out the stiffness, you should probably blame the height of your pillow.

 

A trained chiropractor can tell if you’re a side sleeper, back sleeper, or a stomach sleeper, and he can tell you that your pillow is too high or too low. How? By the kinks and bends in your neck vertebrae. It’s his job to try and iron out those kinks, and advise you on how to avoid continuing to bend your neck in that direction, since that is what will cause neck and back pain. Do you know what height your pillow should really be?

A chiropractor will sit what your pillow did wrong, right again. A new pillow does it for free, every night.
A chiropractor will sit what your pillow did wrong, right again. A new pillow does it for free, every night.

The height of your pillow is very important part of sleeping comfortably and restfully, and what you may believe is the conventional height for a pillow that’s comfortable, may actually be too high to truly rest your neck. So how should you arrange your pillows? If you’re a two pillow person, is it because one is too flat to serve on its own? What is your measure of too flat? Basically, the same rules that apply to your mattress apply to your pillow too: comfortable rest comes from a straight spine (or neck). Your neck shouldn’t be bent downwards, or forced upwards, by your pillow. It should be held on a level plane, in line with your spine. Whether you like a soft feather pillow or a firmer foam pillow, the end result should be a straight spine from your neck downwards. Obviously this means you can’t have a mattress that sags downwards or twists your shoulders either. If you like one firmer pillow, consider getting a memory foam or latex pillow. I have one, and find that they work really well. They are supportive and firm, but those sold at The Mattress Warehouse are not too high either, and they are also hypoallergenic. Did you know that a pillow triples its weight in two years due to the amount of dead skin cells, shed hair, and dust mites that accumulate in it? Having a clean pillow that doesn’t clog the air around you is important to a good night’s rest too, so if your pillow is slept flat to the right height but it’s over two years old, it will need replacing too. If you like soft, giving pillows like feather, consider a microfiber pillow. It feels like feather, but is washable and also hypoallergenic, meaning it will repel dust mites and the like. Pillow feathers easily store dead skins cells, but microfiber is less likely to.

Here's your guide for choosing a pillow.
Here’s your guide for choosing a pillow.

All these pillows are available at The Mattress Warehouse to be bought online or at our store. We also sell beds, bedding and bedroom furniture! Call today on 0861 007 000 for more information.

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