Do you ever find yourself struggling to get comfortable enough to fall asleep? Are you waking up several times during the night with pain in your neck and shoulders?
Here’s the painful truth: you might be using the wrong pillow.
Your pillow is supposed to be a safe place that cradles your neck and head while you sleep. But, if your pillow isn’t the right fit for you, you could be in for a world of hurt.
Your pillow isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind when you start to feel aches and pains when you get up in the morning. You probably lay blame at your desk chair or maybe your mattress first.
But, your pillow?
Now, wait just a second. Your pillow is your bestie! You spent a lot of money on it, or it’s familiar, or you’ve had it forever.
Tip: conventional wisdom suggests you replace your pillow every couple of years.
If you’re noticing pain in your neck, back, and shoulders, there’s a very good chance it really is time to break up with Old Faithful and invest in a new pillow.
So, what’s the big deal about sleeping on the “wrong” pillow?
The Wrong Pillow Does More than Just Cause Pain
You probably know that the wrong pillow can put your neck out of alignment. But, you might not have thought about why.
Sleeping with your neck in the wrong position for a long period of time can strain the muscles in your neck and weaken them, causing more chronic, lasting pain.
A pillow that’s too soft or firm can make your neck sag or be pushed too far forward, misaligning your spine and causing that infamous “crick” in your neck.
When you’re sleeping on the right pillow, your neck will be parallel to your mattress. Keeping your neck aligned relieves key pressure points, ensuring that you’re getting pain-free sleep.
Sleeping on the wrong pillow can lead to other health problems.
Did you know that your pillow can cause sleep-deprivation? All that tossing and turning you do because of a bad pillow keeps your body from getting the deep, restorative sleep that it needs to repair muscles and other body tissue.
Apart from making you cranky, sleep deprivation can also lead to:
- Poor appetite
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
If you suffer from sleep apnea, the wrong pillow can mess with your CPAP treatment, making it difficult to keep your airways open or even knocking the mask askew if you’re a side sleeper.
Raise your hand if you’re ready to kick that old pillow to the curb!
What’s the Best Pillow for Neck Pain?
If sleeping on the wrong pillow can misalign your neck and spine and lead to pain, which pillow is the answer?
A customizable pillow, of course.
Everyone is going to need a different pillow height or firmness to get the perfect spine alignment. Your body is as unique as your preferred sleeping style! And back-sleepers, side-sleepers, and stomach-sleepers are all going to have different needs for their pillows.
A customizable pillow offers you the right amount of height, firmness, and support, no matter your preferred sleeping style.
The SmartHouse pillow is made to be customized. Our natural latex pillow is designed to provide excellent support for side-sleepers and back-sleepers.
Pretty cool, right?
When you get your SmartHouse pillow, it will come stuffed to the brim with loft (filling) and instructions on how to adjust the loft until it’s just right so you can have the Goldilocks moment you’ve always dreamed of.
It’s pretty easy, too. You just unzip the cover and start taking out the excess loft, storing it in the bag it came in, or your favorite, reusable, and eco-friendly bag.
Tip: It might take a few nights of subtracting and adding to find the right amount of loft, so don’t get discouraged! Everyone’s needs are different. Finding the right balance will be so worth it.
Our natural latex pillow is handmade in California and filled with natural latex shreds and pre-cycled plant-based fibers. It’s hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, and dust mite resistant.
Proper alignment is crucial to the health of your neck and shoulders. It also goes a very long way to making sure you get a good nights’ sleep.
Is your current pillow situation a real pain in the neck?
If you answered “yes,” it might be time to try a customizable pillow by SmartHouse. Your neck deserves it!