Choosing The Best Pillow For You
Pillows are extremely important, and they can make or break your night of sleep.
Keep in mind the following tips when choosing your next pillows.
First of all, you have to find out if you’re a side sleeper or if you’re a back sleeper (if you sleep on your back), and some of us sleep in our stomach.
If you’re a black sleeper, there’s not much difference in the height of the back of your head and your neck and back. So, you need a very small pillow.
If your pillow is too big, it’s going to pinch or tip your head forwards, and that automatically caves the airway and closes the airway.
Same thing for no pillow. Your head may be too far back. See top rated bed pillows.
These are all things that we know from resuscitating people with CPR. The position of the head is very important before the air is blown into the victim.
So, it’s the same thing at night. If you can’t breathe at night, you will wake up and you will have a sleep that is interrupted. And of course then the ramifications of that are grave.
So, back sleeper, pick a pillow that keeps your spine perfectly straight – not forward, not back. And even if you roll side to side, your spine is straight.
Side sleepers are a little different. The distance between your head and shoulder is greater. And because you’re sleeping on your side, if the pillow is too small, you’re going to be kinked one way. And if it’s too big, you’re going to be kinked the opposite way.
So, I would buy a pillow based on the measurement between your head and shoulder.
Make sure it’s a pillow that does not collapse. Down pillows collapse. Foam pillows collapse over time. With body heat, in time, they collapse.
You need a pillow that supports you like a foam spring. They have interlocking foam block pillows, something that supports you and does not compress over time.
Here is what to do.
Get in bed. Have someone view you in bed sideways. Have someone take a look. Have someone take a picture. And your spine and head, from that side view, should be perfectly straight.
If you’re a stomach sleeper, that’s a problem. There’s really no pillow that will help you there. For sleep professionals, stomach sleeping is a good indication perhaps that you do have a small airway and that you have sleep apnea.
You’re sleeping in that position to try and keep the tongue out of the airway and to keep the airway open. So consider that.
There are so many questions about which pillow is the best pillow for me to sleep on.
There are many pillows out there. There are down pillows, feather pillows, foam pillows, memory foam pillows, synthetic pillows, they go on and on and on. It’s a big business.
But what is best for you?
First of all, when you sleep, the best way to sleep is on your back or your side.
But look at your posture. Your ears should be in level with your shoulders on both sides: standing up, sitting down, lying down. No matter what you’re doing, that’s the posture you want to maintain.
For the stomach sleepers, which is not the best position to sleep in, we recommend using a softer pillow. Why? Because a softer pillow will keep your head from rising up further than what it should be in the first place.
If you’re a back sleeper, I recommend that you use a medium pillow ,not too hard not too soft, because therefore we can still maintain the straightening normal posture of the spine.
But if you’re a side sleeper definitely not a soft pillow, preferably a firm pillow, because the firm pillow is going to help hold your head up higher, so your head doesn’t bend down too far, so we don’t get that kink in our neck when we wake up.
There are so many pillows out there, but the most important part about a pillow is making sure that your ear stay in line with your shoulders when you sleep.
Allergy sufferers, watch out for those feather pillows and those down pillows. You may be waking up sneezing and not realizing where it’s coming from.
And don’t forget to change your pillow when you need to because they do wear out too.
We are going to briefly discuss pillow types, pros and cons or in other words the main advantages and disadvantages of several popular pillow types.
Let’s begin with really the most common type of pillow, which is a polyfiber pillow.
The main advantage of the pillow is that it is affordable, at least more affordable than many other pillow types.
The main disadvantage is that as they get older, they can become uneven, they can clump, the content inside can shift and develop hollow spots.
Let’s move on to memory foam pillows.
The main advantage of a memory foam pillow is that it is temperature sensitive and this means that as your body heat comes in contact with the pillow, the pillow will contour and mold to your body, resulting in good support and comfort.
The main disadvantage of a memory foam pillow is that they have a tendency to off-gas, which means when they are new, they can give off a chemical-like odor, which can last for a little while and some people can become very irritated by the odor.
Next is a latex pillow. It is similar to a memory foam pillow in the support that it offers. However it can be expensive.
Let’s move on to a water pillow. As you might imagine, a water pillow is filled with water and the main advantage of a water pillow is that it is adjustable. See adjustable pillows for bed.
There is a fill hole so that you can add or remove water in order to create exactly the type of loft that you want the pillow to have. In other words they can suit your needs and preferences exactly, resulting in very good comfort.
The main disadvantage of the water pillow is that it can become very heavy once you put water in it. With with water it can weigh 10, even 15 pounds.
Next type of pillow is a down pillow.
Down is a type of feather on geese and duck. If you like soft and cuddly pillows, down pillow would probably be for you. The feathers absorb a lot of air, which causes the pillow to have a lot of fluff to it.
The downside to that is that the pillows may not have as much support as you like, because when your head goes on the pillow, it tends to sink in into it, resulting perhaps in not as good support for your neck as you would want.
Finally a buckwheat pillow.
The main advantage of a buckwheat pillow, which by the way is filled with buckwheat hulls, is that it is adjustable. There’s a zipper and you can add or remove the buckwheat hulls in order to provide just the precise amount of loft that you prefer, which can add to the proper support and comfort of a pillow.
The possible downside to a buckwheat pillow is that it may be too firm for some people, especially when they first start using it, because it is definitely more solid than these other pillow types.
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