by Geri Walton ~ September 16th, 2008
Sleep is important to overall total health, and nobody has to lie in bed and toss and turn or, even worse, wake up with a stiff neck. When people can’t sleep, they think about their mattress and spend thousands of dollars on it while forgetting the importance of their pillow. Pillows have to provide enough support to keep your neck and head level with your spine so you can sleep comfortably.
If you’ve wondered how to make sure you buy the right pillow, sleep experts claim your pillow is determined by the allergies you have, whether you’re pregnant or not, and the way you sleep. So, for example, if you have allergies you’ll want a pillow different from someone who sleeps on his or stomach. Another thing to keep in mind is everyone is different in size and length, so make sure you get a pillow to fit your body. To help you decide how to get the right one, read further.
- Aches and Pains: If you wake up with aches and pains, Dr. Michael Breus, sleep expert, and author of Good Night: The Sleep Doctor’s 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health, claims National Allergy’s Ambient Comfort Holofiber Pillow will improve circulation because it raises oxygen levels and encourages healing. Developed at Loyola University, it is recommended for diabetics, sleep apnea sufferers, and exercisers. It has a five-year guarantee and starts at $45.99.
- Allergies: If you have allergies you probably need a synthetic pillow, as feathers or down can cause allergic reactions. Allergy Control Products lets you shop by the allergy you have, so, if you asthma, sinus problems, or dust mite allergies, you can get the right pillow suited for your specific condition. Their pillows start $14.95.
- Back Sleeper. Back sleepers require down pillows because their squishy, yet supportive. The best is Garnet Hill’s medium density chamber pillow. They start at $42.00.
- Side Sleeper. Keep in mind side sleepers need extra fluff to keep their spine’s aligned correctly. One option is the GCM SideSleeper Pillow Ultimate Side Sleeper for $34.99 from Amazon. If you have acid reflux, shoulder problems, or sleep on your side, another good option is the bedwedge ($95.00) with a small cervical pillow. Check out Relax the Back for more information.
- Snorer. Sleeping disorder specialists recommend the $39.74 Snore-No-More Pillow. The pillow works to prevent snoring because the contour of it keeps the chin correctly aligned in relation to the chest.
- Stomach Sleeper. Many people choose the PureLoft standard stomach sleeper pillow, for $39.50 from Land’s End. It’s extra soft, and, as an added bonus, it’s hypoallergenic.
Other things you should know about pillows are the contents break down over time. Manufacturer’s recommend with normal use you replace your pillow every eighteen to twenty-four months, and, as dust mites breed and increase over time, it’s probably a good idea. However, if you take good care of your pillow, replace your pillow cases often, and use an additional protective casement, you can double the life of your pillow.
Just remember, the best way to maintain total health is to get a good’s night rest. If you’re not sleeping, your body cannot operate properly and that will create health problems for you at some point. So, do what it takes to get a night’s rest, and you’ll feel better for having accomplished it when you wake refreshed each morning.