Choosing the right pillow can be challenging. Although it may feel comfortable in the moment, it may not be the right fit for you in the long run. Your sleeping position is a big factor when it comes to choosing the right pillow. Considering you may sleep in the same position every night, you want to make sure your pillow supports your neck and entire body.
Here are some tips when it comes to choosing the right pillow for good posture.
If you sleep on your back every night, look for a pillow that fills the space between your neck and your bed. When you are testing pillows, see if you can see your feet when laying down. If you can, then that means your pillow is too high. When the pillow is too high, you can end up with upper body and neck pain when you wake up. A foam pillow will be ideal for back sleepers since it will allow your spine to remain completely horizontal when sleeping. And, you will find your head completely sinks into the pillow, making it a comfortable option.
If you sleep on your stomach every night, consider a flat pillow. You don’t want your head to be more raised than the rest of your body. If it is, then you may end up with mild to severe back or neck pain. Stomach sleepers should also consider sleeping with no pillow at all. This keeps your body completely aligned when sleeping. You can use your arms as your pillow, however, it’s not usually the most comfortable option.
If you are a side sleeper, consider a thicker pillow. It should fill the space between your ear and your bed. This way, your neck will be aligned with your spine when you sleep. If you still feel discomfort, you can place a pillow between your knees. This will keep your spine aligned and will relieve any pressure placed on your hips and lower back.
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