There was a time when every morning after I woke up I had to turn my head and hear a series of awful clicks before I could do anything. Do you wake up with a stiff neck and struggle with neck pain during the day? While a lot may be connected to your posture or line of work (head craning forward to see a computer screen all day isn’t that great for our necks), a lot of your pain could be relieved by ensuring that you have the right pillow, and not only the right pillow but that your pillows are the right height. Many people sleep with very old pillows that are full of dead skin cells, dust mites, and other allergies, and on top of that they stack their pillows too high, causing neck pain.
What height should your pillows be?
So how high is too high? If you currently sleep with two pillows, the chances are that your pillows are bending your neck upwards and creating neck pain by putting strain on your vertebra. One of the most important things about a mattress is that it should keep your back in a straight line. This prevents pain, makes for a restful night’s sleep, and keeps your back healthy. The same is true of your neck. If your back is straight, but your neck is bent upwards, then you’re still going to experience pain and stiffness in both your neck and upper back, including your shoulders. This is because they take a lot of your upper body’s weight, which should be spread evenly over your neck and absorbed by your pillows. Your neck and head should not be bent upwards or downwards from your spine, but kept in a straight line, relative to the side of your shoulders and so on.
How often should you replace your pillow?
How often do we wash our clothes? You will wash an item of clothing you’ve worn a few times, for a few hours. What about your pillow case, which gets treated to shed hair and skin cells and spit and tears and whatever else happens in bed. These get washed monthly in most households, but what you may not realise is that everything that happens also soaks through to the pillow. After a couple of years, a third of the weight of the pillow is shed skin cells and the like. As much as you may have had your pillow forever and love it for who it is, think about replacing it with something that isn’t so disease ridden and definitely isn’t so flat that you need to sleep with two pillows, which is straining your neck.
The dust mites that live in your pillow due to the food source provided by your head also leave their waste everywhere. This microscopic waste gets breathed in by you, causing allergies, shallow breathing, and nasal irritation, all of which makes for restless sleep. Your pillow may be ruining your sleep without you even realising it. Memory foam, latex, and microfiber are great pillows for someone who struggles with allergies, because they are hypoallergenic, so will drive dust mites away. We carry all of these in various different types of firmness.
To buy a new pillow or mattress, contact The Mattress Warehouse on 0861 007 000 today. We carry Edblo, Simmons, Serta, Silentnight, Universe Bedding, Genessi and Cloud Nine as well as various other beds and mattresses in every size, from a king sized extra length to a single. Your sleep is our priority, call today, or order online on our website!