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Before we can dive into which pillow is going to be best for those who experience neck pain, or for those who are looking to take care of their posture while they sleep (to help prevent neck pain occurring in the first place), we first need to understand the basic feelings, causes and types of neck pain some people may suffer from.
Common causes of neck pain include:
Common symptoms you may feel if you have neck pain include:
For those of you who are reading this and are rubbing or moving your neck because this sounds like you and your neck, I’m here to tell you the best thing you can do is see a Chiropractor or another health care professional as soon as possible. The sooner you do something about your symptoms, the easier it becomes to tackle and resolve them. If do nothing about your neck pain and let it get to that chronic state that I mentioned above, it can be more difficult and take longer to treat.
In short – YES.
There are two important factors that help determine a good night’s sleep with a good sleeping posture:
It is recommended you sleep on either your side or on your back, while avoiding sleeping on your stomach. Sleeping on your stomach puts a lot of strain on your neck while you sleep.
You want to be using a pillow that is supportive and is going to support your spine’s natural curves. There are many types of pillows on the market – it can be hard to choose which one is right for you, but that’s where I will help you out.
Good pillows are beneficial for many different reasons. It’s also important to keep in mind that the ‘right’ pillow for you may not necessarily be the ‘right’ pillow for someone else. As there is no one universal pillow that’s perfect for everyone, it’s important to look out for the below qualities:
Now we know what to look for in a good pillow, it’s important to know the qualities of ‘bad’ pillows. Keeping in mind that a ‘good’ pillow is different for everyone, qualities of bad pillows include:
It is recommended that you should be changing your pillow every 1 – 2 years. You will know when it’s time to update your pillow as the original support is no longer felt, breathability has decreased and/or you are uncomfortable or are waking up with a sore neck. You should also be regularly washing your pillow to ensure its life is prolonged and it remains hygienic.
As a Chiropractor, I regularly get asked if someone’s pillow can be affecting their neck pain. The short answer is yes. If you use a pillow each night that is not correct for you and your spine, you are putting yourself at risk of developing neck pain. If your pillow is not supportive in the right way for your natural posture, you are constantly encouraging bad postural habits while you sleep – given that we sleep for approximately one third of our lives, that can be a long time spent unconsciously reinforcing poor postural habits!
Because everyone sleeps in a different position at night, there’s no one universal pillow to help with neck pain. When shopping for a new pillow to help reduce pain in your neck, it’s important to keep in mind the following factors to help you choose which pillow is right for you:
It’s important to note that a new pillow can take up to three weeks to get used to – don’t be discouraged if you have an uncomfortable sleep during your first few sleeps! Your body needs time to adjust and break down the poor postural sleeping habits you may have had beforehand.
Swapping out your pillow may seem like a big change, however if you experience any neck pain or symptoms mentioned in this blog, you may want to consider an upgrade. It’s important that you shop for a pillow that’s going to be comfortable, breathable and supportive for YOU. If you need help selecting the right pillow for you, do not hesitate to contact us here at Total Health Chiropractic, or another trusted healthcare professional.