The Perfect Pillow for Neck Health
By Sara Butler
No one wants to wake up in the morning with a muscle spasm in their neck, but if you’re not using the right kind of pillow when you sleep, then you may setting yourself up for that experience! This is especially true if you already suffer from neck problems during the day, which can be made worse at night by an unsupportive pillow that isn't right for you. Here are a few tips to help you find the right pillow for your neck to help you stay pain-free!
Sleeping Position: The First Question
Your pillow choice is just one part of the equation. Make sure to look at the position you’re sleeping in, since that will also have an impact on your neck. If you’re a side sleeper, you’ll need a different type of support from a pillow than someone who sleeps on their back. If you’re a stomach sleeper, then that’s probably only contributing to your neck pain. You should discuss strategies with your chiropractor to try to help you rest comfortably in another sleeping position.
Talk to Your Chiropractor
If you’re suffering from neck pain, then you should have a conversation with your chiropractor before you begin pillow shopping. Your chiropractor can help you to identify the source of your neck pain and understand what may be going on that a pillow can help remedy.
Do Some Research
Sure, that bin of cheap pillows at the front of your local superstore may be calling your name, but before you let your bank account lead you to the cheapest option, you should do some research about pillows for your sleeping position. Try to find a pillow that people with your neck complaints have found to be helpful, and then note where it’s sold and how expensive it is.
Ponder the Filling
There are many different types of materials that can be used as fillings in pillows and each has its benefits as well as its downfalls. Feather pillows are a great example since they’re great for comfort but are terrible if you have an allergy! The polyester batting most pillows are filled with are nice at first, but wear out quickly.
Memory foam is a popular choice these days since it conforms to the shape of your neck, or buckwheat may have what you’re looking for. This should be something that is included in your research so you’re aware of the type of filling you need.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.