People come and go, friendships come and go, there is only one relationship that lasts a lifetime — the relationship with sleep.
Not a day goes by without a visit from the SNA. For a comfortable night, we take so long choosing beds and duvets that we forget about pillows. The pillows support the 7 main bones of the neck.
In this article, we will talk about orthopedic pillows that help people relieve neck pain and, as a result, avoid morning headaches.
Orthopedic pillows come in different sizes and shapes and serve different purposes.
The most popular orthopedic pillows are rectangular in shape (usually corresponding to standard pillow sizes of 20×26 inches) and are designed to fill the space between your head and the mattress. However, not all orthopedic pillows are designed to support the head and neck. Some of them are for legs or back. We will be specifically looking at orthopedic bed pillows designed to support the head and neck…
If orthopedic pillows are designed to correct the position of your body, then what is “correct sleep?”
It’s really simple: unnatural twists and turns of the neck and back can cause muscle tension and put pressure on the nerves and discs of the spine. The spine is best kept straight. Keep your back straight and you may avoid arousal and sleep more soundly.
The task of an orthopedic pillow is to support your head and neck. Ideally, it keeps your body in the so-called neutral sleeping position. This helps prevent unnecessary pressure on your discs, muscles, and nerves.
“But I slept/sleeped so well,” you say.… A dream twisted like a pretzel on a futon filled with hay and beer cans may have worked when you were 20. Unfortunately, as we age, the soft discs between our vertebrae wear down and we become more sensitive to sleep conditions.
Orthopedic pillows help make sleep easier.
If the pillow does not support your head properly, it is likely that you will experience back and neck pain.
1. A pillow with the wrong thickness will place your head too high or low.
If the pillow is too thin, the neck may tilt downward at an uncomfortable angle. Conversely, if it is too thick, the neck curves upward unnaturally. Both situations can cause pain.
2. A pillow that is too soft will support your head and neck inconsistently.
Traditional soft bed pillows filled with down or polyester foam often collapse under pressure and cannot properly support your head all night long.
Also, a soft pillow will not provide the best lateral support for your head. The soft filling of the pillow will change shape with the weight of your head and will not prevent your head from turning left or right, especially if you sleep on your back. This will lead to lateral twists, which can cause pain.
For better rest, consider an orthopedic pillow
If your head is kept in a neutral position, the muscles in your neck and back will be able to fully relax. The pressure on the discs and muscles will decrease, and as a result you will get a comfortable rest.
In our opinion, the most effective orthopedic pillows are:
1. contour pillows or memory pillow
Contour pillows (aka cervical pillows) are most commonly made from polyester foam, latex, or memory foam (a viscous-elastic material).
They are more effective than traditional soft pillows because:
· The unique concave shape effectively cradles your head and neck, helping to keep them consistent all night long.
Solid padding allows them to maintain the correct loft without flattening out under the weight of your head.
While contoured pillows can keep your head and neck in a consistent, correct position, they do come with some drawbacks.
Most contour pillows are not adjustable.
One of the biggest problems with PU and memory foam pillows is that they come in a predetermined geometric shape. They will roll up and fit your head a bit, but they can’t be flattened or molded to support a wide variety of sleeping positions. Many people change positions during a night’s sleep. Unfortunately, the pre-formed foam pad is not optimally shaped for many of these positions. Usually you cannot adjust the thickness of a foam pillow, except for orthopedic pillows with different bolster heights (from 7 to 16 cm). Depending on your body shape, mattress firmness, and sleeping position, the contour pillow may be too thick or thin for you.
In view of the aboveYou can try orthopedic pillows made of hypoallergenic visco-elastic memory foam material «Memory Foam».
And remember that orthopedic pillows are medical products and are subject to declaration for compliance with their declared technical and pharmacological characteristics with the issuance of a registration certificate. An example of a declaration of conformity and registration certificate is below:
In addition to neck pain, orthopedic pillows for WOMEN 1181 and 1182 (available in two sizes: larger «55x35x14» and smaller «50x30x12») and MEN 1166 (55x35x14) with memory effect help with:
prevention of headache, torticollis;
Unloading the spine and normalizing the tone of the neck muscles;
Rehabilitation after injuries of the cervical spine;
osteochondrosis, spondylosis of the cervical spine
Currently, there are not many studies in the world that unequivocally prove that pillows relieve neck pain. But doctors often recommend orthopedic pillows as a remedy.
Additional research is needed in this area. In the meantime, you just have to experiment with different pillows and see which one suits your needs.
Consider the above recommendations and be healthy!