Why It’s Important To Find The Right Pillow For You

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Do you get neck pain? Are you getting 8 hours of sleep? Do you wake up feeling exhausted?

If you said yes to one or more of the above questions, maybe it is time you look at your pillow.

Your pillow should supply your neck with support and comfort. By sleeping on the wrong pillow you can cause shoulder & neck pain, muscle tightness and headaches. If your pillow is too low or too high, this may cause your neck & muscle to bend too far, stretching one side of the neck and lengthening the other. This is not an ideal position to sleep in for 8 hours a night.

To find the right pillow for you will be determined by the way your sleep and your body composition:

– If you are a side sleeper, you may need a slightly higher pillow to maintain your neutral spine position

– If you have broad shoulders you might need to go a little higher

– If your a back sleeper you may need a slightly lower pillow to ensure the neck is not in a flexed position, shortening your anterior neck muscles

Here at Middle Park Osteopathic Clinic, we stock a range of pillows, with a contour and different heights to ensure your spine is aligned. This will help to give you a more comfortable sleep every night. If you are interested in trying one of these pillows, let your Osteopath know at your next appointment.

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Monica Round

This post was written by Dr Monica Bassier

You can read more about Monica here or book an appointment with her here.