Do you wake with a sore or tight neck? Do you wake up with headaches? Do you wake up feeling you have not had a good sleep? Then it may be time to look for a new pillow.
Choosing the correct pillow is a very important decision and needs to be tailored to you and your needs. It is important to have a pillow that is designed to support your head and neck in a neutral position aligned with the rest of your spine. Commonly people pick pillows that are either too high or too low for their neck and place it in incorrect spinal position throughout the night. This can lead to neck and back problems that can also result in headaches and pain in the neck when waking up. Incorrect height pillows can also interrupt our quality of sleep, as we continually need to adjust our sleeping position to get comfortable. With the right pillow there will be no space between your neck and pillow to prevent incorrect spinal posture. Your head and neck will also be supported throughout the night stopping the continual waking up and changing position so you wake up having a good sleep and feeling refreshed.
It is also important when choosing the correct pillow to pick one that is appropriate for your frame. If you are smaller framed you will not need a firm pillow compared to a larger framed person or people with broader shoulders. You could also consider a pillow that is size adjustable, this is a great way of choosing what pillow height is comfortable for you. Lastly keep track of how old your pillow is. Pillows should be replaced every 18 months to ensure they are still offering the correct support.
So how can you make sure you make the right choice in pillow? Instead of using the hit and miss technique until you find one you like seek advice from a healthcare professional with knowledge in this field. This can help take the guess work out of buying a pillow. Another benefit is if they stock pillows themselves they can observe your body position and make adjustments and recommendations based on what they see.
Here at Elevate Health Care we have a pillow fitting station and a range of pillows available for you to try. Both our Chiropractor and reception staff are trained in how to fit the correct pillow. So instead of trailing around from store to store unsure of which pillow to choose come down to Elevate Health Care and take the stress out of getting a pillow.