Do I use the right pillow at night?
3 key problems:
- Fear of bed time
- Knowing your disrupting your partners sleep
- Waking up tight and tired
Sleep is one of the most important aspects when it comes to health. While we sleep our bodies enter construction mode, repairing all the damage caused during the day and getting us ready to tackle tomorrow. If you’re like millions of American’s you’re most likely struggling either getting to sleep, staying asleep, or waking up feeling tired and sore.
Here are the three solutions to picking the right pillow AND getting the quality of sleep you have been searching for.
Picking the Right Pillow for YOUR Sleep Style
When it comes to picking the right pillow there are two main areas of focus…are you a side sleeper or back sleeper (if you’re a stomach sleeper jump immediately to point #3!).
For you back sleepers out there, your pillow should be relatively flat for the back of your head and have a small ‘bump’ to support the back of the neck. Check out this photo:
For the side sleepers, your pillow should have a large ‘bump’. When you are laying on your side, we need to support the distance between your shoulder and neck, not enough support and your neck will strain all night, too much support and your neck will strain the opposite way. See photo:
Stomach sleepers, you’re going to want a very thing pillow with no ‘bumps’. Any pillow that pushes your head up may feel good for a few minutes but to be in that position too long will lead to discomfort and soreness in the am.
It’ll come as no surprise to you that our quality of sleep is based on more than just our pillow or mattress. Our evening routine plays a big role in our quality of sleep. If you are the type of person that has a hard time getting to sleep, especially if you have a hard time quieting the mind…evening routines are going to be super helpful for you.
Does Your Neck Support You?
This last point is the crux of it all. Have you ever heard that structure dictates function? Imagine if you were walking with one shoe that was taller than the other. Over time wouldn’t you start having soreness and pain? The same problem can arise in the neck with either poor posture or after trauma like a fall or car accident. When the structure changes, the body has to adapt and change. Over time, these adaptations can lead to aches, pain, and disruptions in sleep cycles.
For more information, check out this similar article talking about contributing factors. https://boston.thespecific.com/tired-of-insomnia/
If you have any questions about pillows, mattresses, or to ID deeper issues, reach out to me. I will get back to you within 24 hours, guaranteed.
Yours in Health,
Dr. Rich Baez