A good mattress is not enough to sleep well; to ensure yourself a regenerating sleep you also need to select the right pillow. An inappropriate pillow may generate cervical disorders, and pain to the back and shoulders.
What are the requirements of a good pillow?
A good pillow must:
- Support and align the head without letting it sink or raising it
- Allow for the physiological alignment of the back spine
- Immediately provide a feeling of relief
- Go back to its initial consistency after having been used
How to select the pillow?
You need to pay attention to the way you sleep; the choice of the pillow does not only depend on the weight or build of a person, but also on his/her sleeping habits. If you prevailingly sleep on one side, the height and consistency of the pillow must support the head in order to allow for a position that shall not involve bending the head; in this case, the ideal pillow is of medium to high thickness. If you sleep on your back, the support provided by the pillow must prevent lordosis (head too low, backwards) but also any position that might be too folded forward; the pillow must be thin, otherwise either condition might lead to painful wake-ups. If you mainly sleep prone, the excessive rigidity of the pillow may prevent the complete relax of both the muscles and the skeleton.
The ideal test is to lay down and check the position of the neck: if the latter is aligned to the back spine, the pillow is the right one, if the neck deviates and remains too high or too low, you should opt for another one.
What is the ideal size of a pillow?
The ideal size depends on the length of your neck and on the distance between it and the shoulder. The pillow must be at least as wide as the shoulder, otherwise, during the sleep, the head is likely to slip out and lose the support.
The importance of perspiration
Waking up flushed, with a sense of fatigue and sweated hair is often an indicator that should trigger an alert: the pillow, in this case, may not be perspiring enough. There are pillows that let the head breathe, giving a sense of freshness and increasing the feeling of relax.
- The pillow for any kind of sleep
the suitable pillow for any kind of sleep (prone, on the back, on the side) provides support to both the neck and the shoulders
- The pillow for those who sleep on a side
for those who sleep “on a side”, the ideal pillow is perspiring and ergonomic
- The pillow for those who sleep on their back
sweet welcome and calibrated support for fora pillow that ensures ideal rest
- The pillow for those who sleep prone must ensure support and perspiration to offer the best possible rest
- The suitable pillow for the cervical vertebrae
Those who suffer from disorders to the cervical vertebrae should select pillows that support the neck , so that the head leans on a special silhouette
- The suitable pillow to revitalize the circulation
an appropriate silhouette in the high surface of the pillow exerts a stimulating revitalizing action on both the visage and the cervical vertebrae
- The suitable pillow to wake up in freshness
The pillows based on perspiring gel and the ones enriched with oils and essences play a crucial role in the freshness of rest, preventing sweating during the night
- The appropriate pillow to release the tendons
a shape with double asymmetrical wave is ideal for those who – in a pillow – look for both support to the neck and release of the tendons
- The natural pillow
A pillow developed in natural materials such as fibers or organic cotton ensures the lowest possible environmental impact and high biocompatibility.
In case of severer issues, you should address a specialist, who may recommend selecting an orthopedic pillow.