How pillows affect sleep


You might be wondering, “How can I get a good nights sleep?”. There could be many factors. One that takes up 30% of your sleeping space and is a common culprit is your pillow. Many use inexpensive pillows that are one size fits all for a not so one sized fits all problem. We all come in different shapes and sizes, so shouldn’t our pillow?

A pillow should be adjustable:

A pillow should be adjustable. It is better if the pillow can be modified to match the user’s particular shape, and curves along with sleeping position to make the nights slumber free of disruptive pressure points. A pillow should mold to the individual form of one and relieve any points of strain. In addition to reducing anxiety, a relaxed, cozy, yet supportive environment with low pressure and low stiffness is needed in order to:

  • Enable Muscle recovery.
  • Remove tension from the bony prominences such as knees, hips, ankles, and shoulders.
  • Allow the skeletal muscles to relax
  • Morphs to your neck to help alleviate tensions
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Rest your head on your soft, cozy, and comfortable pillow can make your sleep perfect (feels like sleeping on a fluffy cloud).

Discomfort of pillow:

A night of quality sleep is an elusive luxury for a myriad. The dynamic process of achieving a quality sleep pattern may be compromised by a variety of factors that you may or may not have yet noticed. The wrong pillow is such a big factor that it can make your night stressful. When stress levels are elevated, muscles get tense, blood flow reduces, and the brain is overstimulated. This also leads to neck muscle tension, mainly if the pillow being used is not soft and comfortable. Pillows are a chronic cause of discomfort for millions. Aside from frustrating the neck, the shoulder may also be impacted by pillows.

Interrupted sleeping pattern:

Readjusting the pillow continuously becomes a severe inconvenience to the sleeping routine of an individual. Frequent tossing and turning make it more difficult to calm the brain, resulting in intense tiredness the next day. Try to make your pillow bend in half.  If it doesn’t flatten back into the shape it’s probably time for a new one.

A good pillow can keep the spine in natural alignment:

The human neck bends slightly downward (to balance the position of the head when upright), and it is very important to maintain this spine when in a relaxing posture. The neck is abnormally bent forward or to the side, if the height of the pillow is too high while sleeping horizontally or on the back, creating muscle tensions on the nape of the head and shoulders. The shoulder should not be put on the mattress at 90 degrees, as this can trigger cramps in the muscles of the trapezius.

Sleeping on the right pillow is essential to good sleep.

A pillow must feel comfortable:

Personal preference is a big part of what makes a pleasant pillow. A comfortable pillow is sure to benefit you, have a good night’s sleep and turning your mind and body, and feel well-rested in the morning. The surface of the pillow may also be a source of comfort: certain people would prefer a cool, smooth feeling pillowcase (such as cotton), some prefer warmth (such as flannel), etc.

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