I’m not quite sure about you, but I have heard many a story about people who have ventured out on holiday, only to have it ruined by a ‘cricked neck’ upon waking the next day.
And yes, I am speaking from experience. I have also fallen victim to falling asleep on the ‘wrong’ pillow.
Choosing the right pillow is a lot like choosing the right shoes. You want to make sure that you have the right fit. The better the fit, the better your night’s sleep.
The better your night’s sleep, the more your body will be rested, repaired and rejuvenated.
The wrong pillow will affect your sleep both anatomically and physiologically.
Physiologically, as your sleep becomes effected, the more your body becomes stressed. This increases the probability of chronic lifestyle diseases such as inflammation and pain; anxiety & depression; high blood pressure and cholesterol; and high blood sugars.
Anatomically, a properly fitted pillow will give your spine support as you sleep, allowing your body to maintain a beneficial anatomical position as your discs rehydrate, your muscles rejuvenate and your joins rest.
In a previous VLOG we looked at the different types of sleeping positions – both good and bad. If you have not done so, please click on this link to revisit to make sure you fall into the ‘good’ category.
In this video Dr. Brett runs through how to fit the right type of pillow to you. Click here to see how to fit your pillow.
- Have your pillow fitted to you – try before you buy.
- Your pillow will last about 2 years. After that, even though it will have a similar shape, it will start to lose its ability to support your neck the same way as when it was new.
- When you travel, take your own pillow with you, or a smaller travel pillow. If you are unable to do this, try the various pillows in the Hotel/ Air BnB/ etc. to ensure that you get the one that fits you.