5 Ways a Pillow Affects Your Health
In one word, very. When it comes to a good night’s sleep, pillows aren’t just for decoration. Leave the frilly, cat-shaped novelty pillows for the couch and invest in the right pillow from a bonafide sleep expert like Mattress Firm.
Here are 5 ways a good (or bad) pillow can affect your health:
1. A bad pillow can lead to sleep problems
If you’ve ever tossed and turned in bed, counting what seems like all the sheep in the world before finally dozing off, the problem could be with your pillow. Publications ranging from Cosmopolitan to The Telegraph have reported on the affect pillows can have on sleep. When shopping for a pillow, opt to shop at a store with a wide variety of pillows. After all, there are so many options, from fiberfill pillows to gels or memory foam. At Mattress Firm in Corpus Christi, you’ll find latex lush pillows, gel memory foam pillows and even cooling pillows. No matter your needs, you’ll find a pillow that fits your unique comfort and needs.
2. Support is imperative for your spine
The right type of pillow offering the right type of support is essential for good sleep that also helps protect your spine. According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, protecting your back while sleeping means having good sleep posture, mainly keeping your ears, shoulders, and hips aligned. Pillows often come in varying levels of support, like soft to firm (similar to mattresses), so find the pillow that helps support the natural curve of your neck for maximum comfort. Rochester Medical Center says that a pillow that’s too tall or high can strain your back, neck and shoulders.
3. The wrong pillow for your sleeping position can cause pain
Are you a side sleeper or a stomach sleeper? When it comes to pillows, your sleeping style has a lot to do with what type of pillow or pillows will be most comfortable. For back sleepers, it can help to invest in a second pillow to wedge under your knees and alleviate pressure from your lower back. For side sleepers, adding pillows to support your arms and legs could also help keep everything aligned.
4. Sneezing and wheezing? It could be your pillow
Can’t remember the last time you washed or replaced your pillow? Time might be up. Because allergens like dust mites can accumulate in pillows, time is of the essence when it comes to keeping pillows fresh. This is especially true if you find yourself sneezing or coughing during your sleep. For optimum freshness, make sure to wash your pillow once every three to six months. Depending on the pillow and your sleeping habits, it can be beneficial to switch to a new pillow every six months, or at a maximum, after about three years.
5. Be an expert sleeper with the perfect pillow
Mattress Firm prides itself on being the sleep experts, and includes pillows and mattresses, too. See how the right pillow can solve the equation for a perfect night’s sleep with Mattress Firm. For experiences help on pillows, mattresses and getting the best sleep, visit MattressFirm.com or call 361-993-3272.
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