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Finding the Best Pillow When You Have A Bad Back

While a pillow might seem like a rather simple implement and part of your décor, it does in fact serve a very specific purpose. It is designed to support your head, ensuring that it does not bend backward too far, or that it does not rise too far forward. Ideally, a pillow should sit squarely on your shoulders, ultimately preventing any kind of pain or stiffness. If you have ever awoken in the morning to find that your entire body hurts, or at least your shoulders, then there is a very good chance that you have chosen the wrong pillow, and it can only get worse.

Picking the Right Pillow for your Body

If you came here looking for an immediate, straightforward answer, then we have to apologize as that is impossible. The problem, is that every single person is different and bodies will have different needs when it comes to finding the perfect pillow. If you want to start your search then you must consider this: if the pillow that you are using is too high, then your cervical spine will be out of alignment. While this all sounds very technical, you will feel the results on a level that is all too real. When you awaken you will experience severe discomfort, and you may even find yourself in pain when arise from your bed. Keep in mind that you will experience the exact same problems if you have a pillow that is too low. For an individual that is constantly changing positions, the pillow needs to be able to adjust; this is where choosing the right pillow for the job becomes vital.

Know What Kind of Sleeper you Are

When you are in the process of choosing a pillow for yourself you need to know what type of sleeper you are. There are typically three types:

· Side Sleepers

· Back sleepers

· Stomach Sleepers

Operating under the assumption that you are in fact a back sleeper, then you need a pillow that is able to support the curvature of your spine. In addition to that, however, it needs to offer adequate support for the rest of your body including your head, neck, and shoulders. If you are a side sleeper then you will definitely want to make sure that you find a pillow with a greater height that can support your head, shoulders, and neck.

Take your Posture into Account

While the type of pillow that you use is important, the posture that you maintain while you sleep is equally crucial. When you lie on your pillow, you need to make sure that it is supporting your head and neck in such a way that your spine remains in a straight line. Remember, if you are sleeping on your stomach you will put more stress on your neck and back. For this reason, individuals who suffer from neck and back pain as a matter of course are strongly advised to avoid this position. For more information and for clarification on your sleeping habits, make sure you speak with your doctor and/or caretaker.

Consider Pillow Materials

The size of the pillow is just as important as the materials that are used to make it, and they all have their benefits. We are going to take a quick look at the different materials you might consider and you must remember that the more comfortable a pillow feels to you, the more likely you are to fall asleep and awaken without pain. Some of the most common materials used in pillows today include:

· Latex

· Memory Foam

· Polyester

· Feathers

· Down

So, with all of these different options, how do you go about choosing the right one? It all comes down to trying out different pillows, potentially at a store, and seeing which feels the most comfortable. Remember: a good pillow can be expensive and it is most definitely an investment. Make sure you spend some time making your decision and invest in the right one.

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