What comes to mind when you hear the word pillow? A comfortable night spent on a soft, silken support with bed sheets tucked in firmly? Or something else?
Did you know that sleeping on the wrong type of pillows can not only deprive you of sound sleep but can also have long term effects? Very soft or very small or using a pile of pillows or using none at all may result in neck and spinal problems. Theres more than meets the eye in choosing the right kind of pillows. Interested in knowing more?
To start with why is it important to pick the right pillow? Well, its important because you might be left with an aching neck or back problems otherwise.
For example using pillows that are not right for you can push your head forward. Result? All night long your head is out of alignment with your spine. This can cause neck or shoulder problems, headaches and so forth.
Not using a pillow at all isnt a good idea either for the same reason. Nothing is supporting your head to keep it in alignment with your spine.
Working all day staring at a computer monitor only adds to the problem as we tend to lean in for some reason. Which only invites more back, neck and shoulder discomfort.
Luckily most of these problems can be avoided by choosing the proper pillow.
For one, you cant miss by choosing a cozy down pillow. Such pillows provide perfect support for your head..
Or if you already suffer from neck pain why not go with one of those foam pillows that are designed to cradle your neck with a scooped out middle? Sleeping on your back then to get the most out of this design.
You also need to throw in a little bit of thought on how much support you need and how you usually sleep on your back, sides or belly-down. This will help you narrow down which pillow options are going to best suit you while you sleep.
If you are prone to allergies select a hypoallergenic synthetic pillow covered with a mite proof cover.
Theres no shortage of pillow types you can find in a store. Choosing the right one for you comes down to your personal inclinations really. As you would imagine, therere lots of impressive innovations even for pillows. For instance there are ones with memory foam, pump up pillows and even ones with audio ports for plugging in your iPod!
How to make the call? Actually testing how a pillow feels should help. So by all means spend some time with the one you feel might work before you say Ill take it..
Anyway a lot more goes into finding the right pillow besides softness, color, and how its constructed. Its more important spine wise if things are lined up and that your head and neck are supported properly. Then guess what? If youve accomplished that youve found your new pillow.