Choosing Your Perfect Set of Pillows and Using Them Correctly
With all the different types of pillows available including synthetic or natural, and box or orthopaedic, choosing the right one for you can seem like a daunting task. It’s important to consider a number of different, but central elements that affect the kind of pillow that’s best for you.
Many people have personal preferences when it comes to pillow fillings; some prefer the squishy sinking of a natural filling, while others prefer a firm synthetic inner that provides support. Although natural fillings such as goose down and duck down have always been seen as luxury pillows, synthetic pillows have been catching up in the luxury department and really aren’t far behind anymore. Osteopaths recommend that the younger you are, the firmer your pillows need to be, and they can soften up as you get older when your spine is fully formed.
Although feather pillows may seem like the height of luxury, with their soft squishy and light-weight feel, those who suffer from hay fever, and other respiratory allergies often find that natural pillows make their breathing harder, and opting for a synthetic alternative is likely a good idea.
It is advised by back experts to lay as flat as possible, to keep vertebrae and neck bones straight. However, this is dependent upon the firmness of your mattress, and the breadth of your shoulders, the curve of your upper back, and finally the position in which you sleep. This makes deciding on the appropriate amount of pillows particularly tricky!
This seems like an obvious point, but where you have your pillow makes a big difference! While most people sleep with their head and neck on the pillow (the correct way) some people sleep with their shoulders on it too, which will force the neck into an uncomfortable position and leave you with an ache in the morning. The aim of your pillow is to fill the space between your shoulders and your neck, whilst raising your head, so remember to adjust your pillow up and down the bed accordingly.
Many people sleep on their front or back, twisted around into positions that, outside of sleeping, would be really uncomfortable! The best way (where your back is concerned) to sleep is on either side, with your head and neck on pillows that are tall enough to keep your spine straight and level when lying down. It is important to not only keep up to your pillows, but also make sure that your mattress doesn’t get too old and saggy as no matter how many pillows you use, your spine will still not be straight.
Pillows are available in all shapes and sizes for your comfort nowadays and even come orthopaedically, designed to complement your sleeping position, so take these five tips into account as well as looking for specifically designed pillows and you’ll find sleeping just got that little bit easier!