What You Should Know About Sleep Pillows

Posted on November 19, 2013 by Tools For Wellness

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The value of sleep cannot be overstated. A good night’s sleep will recharge your body and prepare it for the day’s demands. But how is your sleep? Do you have difficulty falling asleep and even if you do, are you able to get quality sleep? If you’re having sleep issues, you may want to consider your sleep pillow options. It will greatly impact the quality of your sleep.

According to sleep experts, a good sleep pillow can give you a restful night’s sleep, while providing support for your neck and spine. Ideally, it should put your head, neck and shoulders in a natural alignment to reduce strain to your back. Conversely, the wrong pillow may worsen headaches, neck pain, and shoulder and arm numbness, discomfort and encourage snoring.

That said, before you buy a pillow, you may want to take into consideration your sleep position.

Back sleepers

If you sleep on your back, you don’t need a high pillow as that will push your head too far forward. Look for a thinner pillow with an extra loft in the lower half to cradle your neck.

Side Sleepers

Look for a firmer pillow to cushion the distance between the ear and the outside shoulder to ensure that your spine is in a relaxed position.

Stomach Sleeper

The thinner softer pillow is the way to go for stomach sleepers. You may also want to put the pillow under the stomach to avoid back pain.

Your personal preference should be your ultimate guide. With a number of options out there you will find one that fits your needs. If you suffer from allergies, look for hypoallergenic pillows. The bedding department has an array of different pillows from degrees of firmness to the fillers inside: cotton, wool, memory foam, water, buckwheat, feathers or down. Comfort plays a big part in the selection process too.

The options get more innovative. For instance, the magnetic pillow pad not only promotes a deep rejuvenating sleep, it can double up as back pad, seat pad or foot pad to relieve pain, stiffness and promote circulation. For those who enjoy soothing music or sounds, consider the Sleep Therapy Pillow, a comfortable pillow equipped with ultra-thin stereo speakers to lull you to sleep.

For more sleep pillow options, contact Tools for Wellness.