Pillow Talk

Posted on October 13th, 2012 by Shari´ Parks

I have many clients complain about the discomfort of their sleeping pillow. After statements like ”My neck is stuck because I slept wrong” or “I woke up with a headache” or “I have terrible insomnia”, the next question is “what is the best kind of pillow?”. That’s really a personal preference, but my umbrella response is always to do your research as well as try a few out while making your decision.

We spend approximately a third of our lives sleeping, that’s if you get the recommended 8hrs per night. If half of that time is battling with a comfortable head position on your pillow, well then you are not getting restorative rest. Which we all know can spill over into how we feel the rest of the day including our productivity and that stiff neck syndrome.

You may be asking yourself is it time for a new pillow? Ideally, you should replace your pillow every six years or so. When shopping for a new pillow it is suggested to find one that is specific for neck support. You want to purchase one that will cradle your head and support your neck without distorting the normal posture and alignment of your neck. Whether you sleep on your side or back, your pillow must be soft enough to mold to your head and still fill in the space between your bed and your neck. Your head is bigger than your neck so supporting both without distorting the position of your neck is key.

There are soo many options out there from memory foam to body pillow. I purchased my pillow the same day I invested in a new mattress from the Sleep Number Bed Store. This pillow has a curvature that cradles my head and a cooling element that I just can’t live without now!

So if you wake up in the mornings with a headache, arm or shoulder pain, neck pain, stiff neck or just can’t seem to get comfortable when you sleep, your neck is telling you that you need more support. To find a solution to this problem, I invite you to begin listening to your body and replace that old worn out pillow. Your neck will thank you!

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