Holistic Health Tips #24 – Use A Supportive Pillow
Posted Oct 18 2013 5:47pm
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Holistic Health Tips #24
Have you switched out your pillow lately? Believe it or not the integrity of your pillow will only last 6 to 12 months. Just as you should switch your toothbrush twice a year, the same applies to your pillow. When shopping for a new pillow remember the following:
The 3 Rules of Pillows Learned From the 3 Bears:
Too Soft is Not Good – Although they look comfortable, soft pillows are not good for your posture. If your sleep posture is compromised then your over all health is affected. A soft pillow will not support your head and neck appropriately. Picture your head on a soft pillow and it sinking to the mattress. Now picture what your head and neck looks like..can you see it? Your head and neck bent to one side for a prolonged period of time will not only cause strain and sprain of the muscles but will bring on tension, stress and headaches.
Too Firm is Not Good- Just as too soft is not good, neither is too firm. Again, your sleep posture will be compromised if you are using a firm pillow. Just as you pictured your head on a soft pillow, now consider a firm pillow. Some firm pillows are very dense and they actually feel like bricks. Can you imagine getting a good night’s sleep on a brick?
Multiple Pillows are Not Good – Using more than one pillow under your head is not suggested. Again, your posture will be affected and sleeping for long periods of time with your head in a tilted position is not recommended.
A Supportive Pillow is Best – When shopping for a pillow it is best to get one that is supportive. Supportive is one that is neither too soft or too firm. When laying on your side; your head should be parallel to your mattress; not tilted at all. A supportive pillow will support your head and neck as show in the figure below:
Next time you are ready to settle into bed, give your pillow the firmness test. Be like Goldilocks and remember that too firm and too soft are not good. You’ll want one that is just ‘right’ and that is one that is –> supportive.