Posted by: Dr Mike Stowe / February 13, 2017
In general, getting an adequate amount of sleep is an important factor for living a healthy life. Getting enough quality sleep will require the individual to have good sleeping conditions. One of the key factors toward getting the full benefits of your time in bed is having a pillow that fills the needs of the user. Many people don’t realize it, but pillows serve a very specific role in their sleep. Since pillows play an important role in your sleep, they will have a considerable impact on your quality of rest and your overall well-being.
Resting your head on a pillow when you sleep serves two basic functions. A pillow provides support to the sleeper’s neck and upper back when they are resting and they provide a better level of comfort than can be had without a pillow. When you are shopping for a pillow, it is important to consider both of these factors, as they will both play a role in the quality of your sleep.
Providing support for your neck and upper back is the most important role that the pillow needs to fill when you are asleep. We need this support when we are sleeping because the human spine is naturally curved. Having support for your head and neck helps to maintain the proper alignment of these areas of the spine. Sleeping without the adequate support will not only have a negative impact on your sleep, but it can also result in stiffness in your neck and back.
The comfort factor can be a little more subjective. What is comfortable for one sleeper might not be as comfortable for another. Factors like body size, the positions you sleep in and certain health conditions will most likely play a role in determining what type of pillow is most comfortable for you. Support also plays a role in the comfort factor, in that, if you are lacking for support, you are unlikely to be comfortable.
Selecting the right pillow for you will be largely dependent on the position that you sleep in the most. For people who sleep on their back, a pillow that supports the natural curve of the neck is best. If you sleep on your side, you will want to find a pillow that keeps your neck straight. And if you sleep on your stomach, you would be best served by a thin pillow or maybe no pillow at all. Beyond sleeping position, choosing a pillow that will fill your needs is mostly about personal preference.
Not only are pillows important for the role they play during our sleep, but it is also important to have a pillow that suits your individual needs. To get a pillow that will provide the most benefits, make support the key deciding factor when you are shopping for a pillow. A good pillow will not only improve the overall quality of your sleep, but it can also help you to avoid neck and back problems.