Is your pillow doing what it should while you sleep? We spend a lot of time sleeping, and your pillow can make a big difference in the quality of your sleep. Get settled in here and find out about how chiropractors view pillows and sleeping positions.
Your usual sleep position will affect which pillow will be best for you. Set yourself up with the perfect pillow to support the right place, and you can wake up without a stiff neck or an aching back.
Here’s some tips to get you on the right track for a proper pillow.
Choose a Pillow for Your Sleeping Position
Most people sleep on their back, side, or stomach. If you’re not getting a good night’s sleep, one of the first things to try is to change your typical sleeping position to see if your sleep improves. And make sure, for each sleep position, that your body is well supported by the proper pillow.
Pillows are available with several types of filling for flexibility, comfort, and support. There is a lot of personal preference involved, but don’t be afraid to try something new if you’re not pleased with your current pillows. Many name brand pillows have a 60 day return period. Varieties of pillows include buckwheat, feather, polyester, and memory foam.
If You Sleep on Your Back
Most people fall asleep on their back, although this position can increase snoring. You’ll want to choose a pillow that doesn’t prop your head up too much. Instead, try a small pillow to support the curve of your neck and another firm pillow under your knees. That will take pressure off your lower back and allow your spine to follow its natural curve.
If You Sleep on Your Side
During the night, most people turn and sleep on their side, and this helps alleviate snoring and is great for your back. Choose a firm pillow to keep your head and neck aligned in a straight line with your back. You want your head and neck to be well supported to relieve stress that can cause stiff necks and headaches. Try placing a firm pillow between your knees to take pressure off your hips and lower back.
If You Sleep on Your Stomach
This is not the best sleeping position for your spine. But it’s a natural position and changing sleep position can be difficult! If you’re a stomach sleeper, minimize the chance for back and neck pain by choosing the best pillow for this sleep position. A firm pillow under your hips and stomach takes stress off your back and neck, and you may not even need a pillow for your head.
If you do use a head pillow while sleeping on your stomach, try not to turn your head too sharply. Use a pillow to turn your face downward and keep it from turning to the side, which can cause neck strain.
If you wake up with back or neck pain, try changing your pillow. And call King Chiropractic to discuss how your sleep position and pillow might be affecting your sleep. We’re here to help with back, neck, muscle, or joint problems and help you improve your performance and be your best. Call King Chiropractic at (910) 777-7228 today to schedule an appointment to help you get better sleep and a better daily life.