Determining the right pillow is a personal choice that a person will make every so often. When it comes to thinking about sleep equipment, most people solely focus on the mattress. The mattress is one of the most important sleep equipment you will buy, but when it comes to sleep quality pillows are just as important. How you lay your head when sleeping plays a huge role in determining the type of support you need. Pillows not only impact the quality of sleep but can prevent any neck discomfort.
Why Does Your Pillow Matter?
A proper pillow will facilitate a good night’s sleep without waking up at night or waking up with pain or a stiff neck. Having the wrong pillow over time can exacerbate unnecessary neck pain. There are a few factors that go into making a self-guide to determine the proper pillow for you.
When Is It Time To Replace Your Pillow?
On average, a pillow should be replaced every 18 months. The old age rule “ you pay for what you get” applies to this transaction. A higher quality pillow will last longer than an inexpensive option. Here are a few things you can do your pillow to see if you need a new one. First, take it out of the pillowcase to see if there are any stains or fold it in half and see if the pillow stays folded.
Determining Type of Pillow:
What if someone told you that your sleeping style would determine the type of pillow you need? Let’s roll into our sleep style section.
Sleeping on your back might appear to be comfy, but will highlight the underlying issue of snoring if you have a pillow that allows your head to sink. As you lay your head back, gravity will push the tongue back and block your throat. A better alternative will be a pillow that offers height, neck support, and throat at a comfortable level.
Sleeping on your stomach might be comfortable for a few nights, but after a while can become taxing on your back and neck. However, having the right pillow can negate some of these issues. A firm/plump pillow will force your neck into an odd angle that might lead to some discomfort. A better alternative would be a softer option.
One of the most common positions to sleep in is on the side. You will need more support to keep the neck at a neutral angle.
A unique perspective into personal sleep comfort is pillowise. Pillowise uses a measuring method that can help to determine the most suitable shape of the pillow. A pillow of this design with correct height and shape will fit your neck comfortably as well as provide great support. There are six different pillow sizes to get the correct pillow for you. My office offers Pillowise pillows because they are best quality along with the different sizes available makes the best overall pillow available.
One of the bright sides for this brand is that it has a variety of pillows to match your sleeping style. One particular benefit for having a Tricore Cervical support Pillow is the trapezoid-shaped center. The trapezoid shaped center will cradle the head and has a built-in neck roll. The luscious lobes support the head in a neutral position. There is also the therapeutica orthopedic sleeping pillow which was created specifically for those who sleep on their backs.
The cervipedic pillow helps facilitate cervical support by using its contour shape to help relax the neck. The shape will cradle the head and neck by promoting a natural curve. It has adjustable neck support and can be used anywhere you recline. The design of the pillow makes it more efficient for travel purposes, but if you are looking for a pillow to help with a good night’s sleep, this will not be the pillow for you.
The therapeutic pillow was created for back and side sleepers. The wedge extension helps to support the upper back in a neutral position, and the center cavity will cradle your head comfortably. However, if you are a side sleeper the “side cavity” is flexible enough that it will keep your head aligned with the shoulder.
Before buying a pillow, it’s important to determine the budget that you are willing to spend. Prices vary widely depending and can range anywhere from $30 to $150. The prices might differ if you buy the pillow from the parent website or Amazon. Most companies will offer a guarantee if you are not satisfied typically 30-90 days. The decision will ultimately come down to preference, style, and comfort. Remember your taking time to research types of pillows that will best fit your needs, so be sure to find the one that will benefit your long-term health. If you have any questions give our office a call at 703-912-7822.