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2 things to know when choosing a Pillow.


Knox Chiropractic


Many people ask me “what type of pillow should I buy” and “What is the best pillow?”

Buying a pillow can be stressful and confusing. I think I have searched for the last 10 years looking for the elusive ‘perfect’ pillow.

What I have learned over that time is that your pillow must match your mattress. And that sleep position and body shape are the two main factors to consider.

  1.  We must start with the usual sleeping position. Side sleepers require the gap between head/neck and mattress to be filled. This will vary depending on your size and shape. Back sleepers require a small amount to support for the neck curve.
  2. Good pillows support your spine in a neutral state in whatever position you sleep. They need to be comfortable for long periods. Your mattress firmness will dictate the amount of body absorption and thus the gap between your head and neck and the mattress to be filled in order to maintain this neutral state. Unfortunately after selecting a new mattress new pillows may be required. And also taking your favorite pillows away with you on holidays may not give you that good sleep they do at home.

My preferred solution.

Whether you choose latex, memory foam, standard foam or feather filling is up to you but my recommendation is that you choose a design that is adjustable for height. It should suit your most common sleeping position.

Here is a link for an adjustable style pillow.

And by the way. I would never recommend anyone sleep on their stomach. This bad habit will result in a loss of normal neck curve that leads to among other things spinal degeneration, nerve impingement, jaw pain and shoulder issues.

And sleeping on the couch is going to really mess you up in the long run.

If you are not getting good sleep even after you have changed mattresses or pillow then you may need your spine checked. Spinal joint alignment is important and while pain may not be evident the result may be an over stimulated nervous system keeping you from deep quality sleep. This is where chiropractors can help.

If you have any more questions please give us a call.



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