How Do You Know If You Need a New Pillow?
- Are you waking up with a stiff or sore neck? Are you waking up with a headache? If the answer to either question is yes, then you may be using the wrong pillow.
- Sleeping on a pillow that is the wrong shape, size or density for your build can cause neck pain and headaches. Sleeping on a pillow that is worn and has lost its support can also cause pain.
- Pillows should be replaced as soon as they start wear out. Pillows will last anywhere from about six months to about 10 years depending on their quality and the material from which they are made.
Why Sleep on a Contoured Pillow?
For thousands of years humans have been sleeping on pillows made of granite, wood, straw, horse hair, kapok, wool, cotton, you name it!
And they usually got the shape wrong! It was usually an oval without any thought to cradling the head and neck evenly.
The current contoured pillow, in a soft yet supportive density/material, has really only been around for 40 years. An amazing delay when you think of the scientific studies over the past 200 hundred years into the spinal cord and our increasing knowledge of good posture, ‘back saving’ devices and exercise techniques.
Perhaps the recent awareness of the benefits of contoured pillows has something to do with the increasing number of chiropractic, osteopathic, and physiotherapy / physical therapy clinics staffed by Health professionals who are scientifically trained to care for the spine.
So What’s So Right about a Contoured Pillow?
Quite simply if you marry the right density, to the right shape, to the desired sleeping position – back or side (you really don’t need a pillow if you’re a tummy sleeper), then you will encourage the natural alignment of the spine through the night.
And that’s good … because you won’t be fighting your pillow through the night, trying to find the ‘perfect’ position for your neck and head.
With the correct contoured pillow, your pillow will find that position for you … and you’ll wake up refreshed and ready for the day ahead!
A Guide for Buying the Perfect Pillow
We only stock high quality memory foam and latex pillows at our clinics from Back To Sleep, founded by Melbourne chiropractor, Dr George Skandalellis. This company is supported by a specially designed, research backed product range and will have you enjoying your waking hours like never before.
If you even considering new bedding and pillows, we can arrange a free sleep consultation to understand your current sleeping traits and learn how you can maximise the benefits of better sleeping patterns. Here are some tips.
Support your Neck, Not Your Head
When your lie on your side, the pillow should hold your spine straight by supporting your neck while cushioning your head. If you sleep mainly on your side then a choose a pillow that will be able to bolster your neck while letting your head sink in. Make sure there is no gap between your neck and the pillow.
Latex is Clean and Hypo-Allergenic
Latex is a natural product made from a fully renewable source. It is made from the sap of the rubber tree. Latex pillows wear well and last for years. Latex provides good support for the neck whilst still offering comfortable cushioning for the head. Latex has the added advantage of being hypo-allergenic, making it a good choice for those with asthma and hay fever. Latex comes in a variety of sizes, shapes and densities and it is important to choose the right one for you.
Memory Foam Moulds To Your Body Shape
A memory foam pillow adapts to the shape of your neck and head to give even support and to reduce pressure on the sensitive areas such as the jaw and ear. Our are aerated to allow air circulation thus reducing build up of dust mites and moisture.