Proper pillow support is vital to maintaining healthy ergonomics during your sleep. Improper support can cause spinal distortion and nerve irritation that lead to secondary conditions such as:
- Neck Pain
- Numbness & Tingling
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Muscle Tension
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Abnormal Body Temperature in the absence of cold/flu
These are just a few of the secondary conditions or symptoms that result from abnormal structure and function.
Proper pillow support should correctly accommodate for the gap between your shoulder and your neck if you lye on your side; and for the gap between your upper back and neck if you lye on your back.
Pillows we have found to be very effective in either position are the water-based pillows from Chiroflow® (www.chiroflow.com). These pillows are an extremely effective and affordable way to support the head and neck while sleeping. The water reservoir allows you to customize the depth of support or thickness for your body. Furthermore, the pillow becomes heavier than a standard pillow which prevents it from drifting off the bed in the middle of the night. These pillows are especially effective for individuals who sleep on their side, but are equally effective for those who sleep on their stomach. These pillows also cost half as much as the Tempur-Pedic® pillows (www.tempurpedic.com).
Another option is the new and improved Temper-Pedic® pillow with added thickness. Previous generations of these pillows would compress too much for side sleepers, causing poor alignment of the neck while sleeping. Newer versions appear to have better support for those who sleep on their side.