Is Your Pillow the Cause of Neck Pain?
Botti Chiropractic & Wellness | Neck Pain and Pillows
What position do you sleep in? In all likelihood, it will be one of the following:
- Lying on your back with your head bent forward.
- Lying on your side with your head bent drastically to one side.
- Lying on your stomach with your head twisted and tilted at odd angles.
Whatever your position is, you are likely to develop neck pain. What you might not know is that your pillow is meant to be the solution to avoid developing pain by correcting improper sleeping positions. A pillow is meant to keep your neck parallel to the mattress while sleeping, rather than bent down or up. However, the solution may itself turn into a big problem if not chosen wisely. If your pillow is not neck-friendly, it may hurt your neck and thus affect your sleep. So, how does one choose a ‘neck-friendly’ pillow?
Well, here are some tips:
Choose a pillow that adapts to your position
In order of preference, cervical contour pillows and foam contour pillows are considered to be the best for most people. With either of these options, your head comfortably rests in a depression at the center of the pillow. When lying on your back your neck rests on a less elevated section of the pillow, and while lying on your side it rests on a more elevated section.
In terms of material, go for latex foam pillows
Not many people realize that while sleeping at night, they become hot. This is because the memory foam in your pillow tends to heat you up. The result? A restless sleep. Therefore, if you want to sleep deep, try to sleep cool by choosing natural latex (unless, of course, you are allergic to latex).
Avoid feather pillows at all costs
Most of us buy them because of their affordability, but the fact is that feather pillows fail to provide neck stability because the feathers move when you inevitably shift in your sleep. Down pillows are somewhat more supportive than feather pillows, but even they require fluffing up.
Buckwheat pillows; useful in many ways but noisy too
Buckwheat pillows allow for a lot of air circulation between the hulls, which lets you sleep cool. In addition, they have renewable filler, support your neck when you sleep on your side, and most importantly (for cost-conscious buyers), they are cost-effective. But they have a couple of downsides too. The hulls make noise as they move during the night. And just like it happens in a beanbag, the support may slip away.
The key takeaway
In the case of pillows, there can be no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. Every kind of pillow comes with its own set of pros and cons. Use the above tips to find yourself a pillow that will support your neck and help you sleep sound and pain-free.
If you have any questions as to what type of pillow is best for you, contact Botti Chiropractic & Wellness today. Dr. Valentino Botti can help pick a pillow and recommend the best style and fit, just for you!