Sleeping and the Correct Pillow
Welcome to Health and Fitness Monday, my new Theme Monday
A few years ago, I experienced such severe neck pain and lower back pain that I wound up going to Physical therapy. The lower back pain was so horrendous that I found it challenging to walk. The neck pain was at the point where I couldn’t turn my head. I discussed the challenges I faced in a post called Dynamism in Walking. While going through PT I was asked how I slept. Because it was my neck that was giving me challenges at that point more than my lower back was, the questions were directed at my sleep patterns.
How did I sleep?
On my back? On my side?
What type of pillow was I using?
At the time I was using a soft down pillow.
That’s what my Physical Therapist said. Waking with neck pain is very likely if you don’t have a firm pillow; just as waking with back pain will be the case if you don’t have a firm mattress. I did understand the correlation between back pain and soft mattresses, so I suppose I should have also seen the correlation between neck pain and a soft pillow.
My Physical Therapist recommended I use a Tempur-Pedic Side Pillow. As is my case, when confronted with some new topic I dug into pillows and their effect on the body. I came across a Youtube video called The Best Sleep Positions at the website Sleep-Apnea Guide for side pillows. I highly recommend watching the video straight through.
Seeing as I AM a side sleeper, after researching a for a few days, I decided to get the Tempur-Pedic side pillow. Many of the sites I visited said it could take some time to become comfortable with the new pillow, especially if this was the first time you moved away from a typical down pillow. By the third morning waking up after using the side pillow for two nights I saw an improvement. I continued using my new pillow exclusively for two more weeks. On a whim, after my second week I decided to try my old pillow for a few nights. I woke up frequently and during one of my frequent disturbances, I finally decided to toss the down pillow out and I returned to the Tempur-Pedic Side Pillow.
I can tell you beyond doubt that I sleep much sounder using the side pillow.
I no longer wake up as frequently.
I no longer have neck pain when I wake in the morning.
Making the decision to take care of my sleep has resulted in my being physically healthier, more alert and the best part is that I no longer suffer from neck pain.
What can you do to become healthy?
Be Happy! Be Well! Be Positive!
Blessings to you.