Choosing the right pillow is very important in achieving restful sleep. A good pillow will support the head and neck without applying excessive pressure, as it conforms to the exact shape of the bed, thus spreading the weight evenly and uniformly along the vertebrae.
Pillows are a constant source of frustration for many. In addition to aggravating the neck, lots of pillows can also affect the shoulder. The shoulder should not be placed at 90 degrees to the mattress, because it can cause spasms in the trapezius muscles.Trapezius muscles perform a variety of actions, including acting as a platform to raise the skull, which is very important to relax during sleep completely. If the shoulder is positioned slightly forward on the mattress in front of the bed, assuming that the mattress can hold this position, the risk of putting pressure on the trapezius and forcing the scapula (shoulder blade) to the column is reduced. By contrast, when in the 90 degree position, sleepers can wake up with neck pain and upper arm and altered sensitivity to little and ring fingers.
If a pillow you put too much pressure on the neck in the back sleeping position, particularly the C2 and C3 vertebrae, then the treatment has provided nearly always in danger. The pressure can irritate the nerve sheath, sensitive muscles and joints in the neck. Similarly, if the joints are not resting easy, the inflammatory process can be sustained, and recovery will be much more difficult.
Compression shoulder on a hard surface often force the scapula (shoulder blade) to the junction of the upper spine and neck, affecting the C6/C7 vertebrae. Nerve pathway on this site travels down the arm, and the causes or upper arm pain or tingling in the pinky and ring fingers, or both, especially if there is already a problem in this area.
Shoulder problems are often caused by referred pain from the neck. Therefore, the stabilization of the neck during sleep is of utmost importance! Put some thought into choosing a good pillow – In addition to finally achieve the dream of a great night, you can end up saving yourself from neck and shoulder pain too!
Do not buy a new pillow unless it meets these four criteria
A good pillow is designed to keep the spine in natural alignment.
The human neck curves slightly forward (to sustain the weight of the head upright), and it is very important to maintain this curve when in a resting position. If the height of the pillow is too high to sleep on their side or back, the neck is bent abnormally forward or to the side, causing muscle strain in the back of the neck and shoulders. This type of position may also cause narrowing of the air pipe, resulting in obstructed breathing, and sometimes snoring, which can hinder sleep. On the contrary, if the height of the pillow is too low, the neck muscles can also be enforced.
Based on body measurements and personal preference, the pillow should maintain a height of 4 to 6 inches, properly supporting the head and neck (and shoulders when lying on your back).
A pillow should be comfortable.
A large part of what makes a good pillow is personal preference. If the pillow is comfortable, is likely to help you relax, sleep well at night, and feel well rested in the morning. The surface of the pillow can also be a source of comfort – some people prefer a pillowcase with a fresh and soft (like cotton), some prefer warmth (such as flannel), etc.
A pillow should be adjustable.
To help pillow conform to various sleep positions, it is best that the pillow can be adjusted to fit the unique shape and curves and the sleeping position of the user. A pillow should mold to an individual and to alleviate pressure points.
Pillow for every sleeping position.
A dream position dictate how a traditional pillow top mattress can be used to provide adequate support.
Using a pillow while sleeping on the back. When lying on his back, a pillow should support the natural curvature of the cervical spine, with adequate support in the head, neck and shoulders. While sleeping in the back, the height of the pillow should be lower than in the sideways position. Place a pillow or two beneath the knees further alleviates any back pain, and is softer position on the back.
Using a pillow while sleeping on your side. When lying on one side, the pillow should support the head and neck so that the natural spine has a straight horizontal line. The weight should be distributed evenly so as not to create natural bending or pressure.Some people prefer to place a small pillow or rolled towel under their waist while lying on the side for extra support.
Using a pillow while sleeping on your stomach. If sleeping or resting in the stomach is preferred, the pillow should be relatively flat, or the head should rest directly on the mattress, so that the head and neck are not artificially activated on both sides. In this position, it is often best to place another relatively flat pillow in the stomach to help keep the spine in natural alignment.
Over time, cotton filled pillows are beginning to lose their firmness and not to support the neck properly. The pillows that we recommend, does not have a problem and therefore, after a very long time.
It is important to know that the neck may hurt a little during the first days of using any new pillow, as he still is adjusting to the contours, but to expect extreme comfort after that!See our selection of pillows and pillow choice for you. using any new pillow, as he still is adjusting to the contour, but before you know it, you’ll be sleeping in the utmost comfort!
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