Neck pain is a frustrating ailment to suffer, as it can often be hard to pinpoint the cause of the pain. The pain can often be mistaken for headaches or migraines, making finding the source of the pain even more difficult. For most of us, neck pain can be caused by poor posture when sitting at work, or even more commonly, by poor sleeping positions.
If you are waking up with tense muscles and a sore neck, then your sleeping position may likely be the reason for your neck pain.
Health Direct suggests an easy way to help pinpoint the cause of pain and hopefully solve the issue, is to ensure you have a comfortable and supportive pillow. But what pillow is best for you if you are suffering from neck pain? This blog will help you to match your most common sleeping position to the best pillow for you.
If you sleep on your back 90-100% of the time, we recommend using a pillow that maintains the correct curvature of the spine, to reduce the strain on your neck muscles.
A low-profile pillow is best for back sleepers as it can help you to maintain this optimum position for your neck and spine as you sleep, sleeping in this position with a low-profile pillow can also make it easier to breathe, and can help to reduce the incidence of snoring.
If you are a side sleeper under 6ft. (180cms) in height, then the best profile pillow for you is a medium profile pillow. If you are over 6ft (180cms) in height, then the best profile pillow for you is a high profile pillow.
Both of these options help to provide optimum horizontal spinal alignment and the contouring at the front of these two types of pillows allow for maximum neck contact offering shoulder to neck support.
While sleeping on your stomach has been known to help ease snoring, The Australian Chiropractors Association discourages stomach sleeping as it’s a known cause of neck pain, because it puts unnecessary pressure on your neck due to twisting your head and the straining of your lower back.
However, if this is the most comfortable sleeping position for you and you’re unable to break the stomach sleeping habit, a low-profile pillow is your best option to reduce the pressure and strain on your neck.
By selecting the right pillow type for your sleep profile, you should begin to reduce the strain on your neck as you sleep and help to alleviate your neck pain. If your neck pain persists, we recommend consulting your doctor.
No matter what pillow type you choose to help provide your optimum sleep, Spinaleze pillows have the perfect option for you. All of our pillows are antimicrobial and anti-dust mite, making them perfect for asthma sufferers, and are 100% Australian made.
Spinaleze’s patented and innovative designs focus on providing optimal spinal support as well as luxurious comfort to help you achieve the perfect night’s sleep. Get in touch with us today, or visit us in-store to test our pillows in person.