Individuals suffering with neck and shoulder pain could easily find that the pillow’s the culprit.
Pillows come in a vast array of different shapes and sizes, as well as a choice of fillings, ranging from Traditional foam, Memory foam, Down, Feather and Polyfill.
A good pillow, according to The Sleep Council, should hold your head in the correct alignment. “That is, in the same relation to your shoulders and spine as if you were standing upright with the correct posture – and be tucked well into the neck and shoulder to support your head fully.”
The thickness and number you need depends on your body shape and your preferred sleeping position. “You will need a thicker pillow (or two thinner ones) if you sleep on your side rather than if you sleep on your back. Pillows should be replaced when they have lost their ‘loft’ (height) or become lumpy and unsupportive.
Traditional foam is a closed cell construction which once compressed wants to spring back to it’s original shape immediately and provides a more rigid firmer support.
Memory foam is a open cell construction allowing air to pass into and out of tiny holes in the material. This action results in the foams ability to conform to the body’s shape offering greater support and comfort. It is valued for it’s unique pressure reducing properties.
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