Are you using the right pillow?
How do you know if you are using the right pillow? We spend up to a third of our life asleep or resting, so it’s important to choose a pillow that supports your neck and shoulders properly.
The wrong pillow can cause pain or stiffness in the neck, arms, or shoulders.
What are the qualities of a good pillow?
It’s important to keep in mind that the ‘right’ pillow for you may not necessarily be the ‘right’ pillow for someone else. A good pillow has the following qualities:
- It supports the head and neck in a neutral position and aligns with the rest of the body
- It is made from a dense material, such as memory foam
- It should be breathable and comfortable
- It should be contoured to the curves of your spine
Which is the best pillow for you?
There is no one easy answer to this question as the best pillow for you is totally dependent on what position you sleep in.
So let’s break it down to what’s best for your sleeping position.
If you prefer sleeping on your side you need a pillow that allows you to keep your ears in line with your shoulders.
You need to find the right height pillow that supports your neck in a neutral position. Too high or low puts pressure on your neck. Some pillows come with adjustable segments which makes finding a pillow of the right height much easier.
The pillow needs to be fairly firm to support your neck throughout the night. Memory foam is the best for this position.
If you prefer sleeping on your back you need a pillow that supports your neck without raising your head.
There are two options you can use. A contour pillow, similar to the side sleeping only lower, will support your neck and head properly. Latex is the best option for this position, although a feather pillow will also work.
If you prefer sleeping on your stomach (WHICH WE DO NOT RECOMMEND) you will need a soft, flat pillow that doesn’t raise your head and neck too far. Synthetic, wool-fibre, feathers and down are best for this. Some stomach sleepers actually prefer to sleep with no pillow at all.
Allergy friendly pillows
If you suffer from allergies, a ‘hypoallergenic’ pillow can help.
Natural latex, cotton and bamboo are the best for allergies.
What is the best pillow for neck pain?
You need a pillow that supports your neck and back, is made of memory foam. It needs to be comfortable and breathable so it doesn’t get hot.
We recommend the Australian made and owned Posture Form therapeutic pillows.
Remember it can take up to three weeks to get used to a new pillow, so don’t be discouraged if you get a bit uncomfortable during your first few sleeps.
How often should pillows be replaced?
It is recommended you change your pillow every 1-2 years. Over time, even the best of pillows flatten and become less supportive. Signs such as flatness or lumps are indicators you need a new pillow.
What are the best pillows made of?
There are many different materials that are used to make pillows. Below is a table showing the pros and cons of each pillow type.
We hope you have found this blog helpful. Please leave a comment below and tell us what you think.