Did you know that we spend about one-third of our lives sleeping? That’s a lot of time, which means it has to be pretty important. You probably understand how important it is when you don’t get enough of it! People try all sorts of things to get a peaceful sleep – herbal tea, calming music, fans, a new mattress, etc. One thing we often overlook is our pillow.
Medical experts agree that having a pillow that helps keep the neck and back aligned is important for your spinal health. It’s time to ask yourself, is it time to toss your pillow?
We all have different bodies that sleep in different positions, so no one type of pillow will suit everyone. When looking for the “perfect pillow” be aware of your sleeping position.
Sleeping on the back is said to be one of the best for your health as it evenly distributes pressure and weight on the spine, neck and joints. Just make sure your neck is supported and the head isn’t too high or falls back too low.
Side sleepers, while less prone to snoring, are more likely to experience nerve compression that can cause neck and back pain. Pillows should be firm enough to support the head and high enough to keep it in an even position.
Stomach sleepers, we hate to say it, but this is the worst position for your health! It’s a position that makes it difficult to keep a neutral spine, putting pressure on your joints and muscles.
The main consideration, no matter which position you sleep in is proper alignment! At Higgins Chiropractic, we recommend two pillows for our clients (of course, these may not best suit your needs, please see Dr. Dan or Dr. Abbie for further investigation).
Chiroflow – Premium Waterbase Pillow
This pillow provides three therapies in one: Neck pain relief, increased sleep and superior comfort. The pillow allows adaptability to your neck as you sleep in multiple positions throughout the night.
This pillow cradles the head while sleeping on your back or side while supporting the neck to help with pain and posture.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, let us help you find the best pillow for you. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment. Are you an owner of the Chiroflow or Tri-Core pillow? Do you like using the pillow?