How to Pick the Perfect Pillow to Avoid Sleep Problems

Sleeping disorder is no joke, and is an ever growing concern in communities around the world. Millions of people are suffering from sleep deprivations, insomnia or wakefulness disorder, eventually leading to both mental and physical issues such as back pains or pain pains in the long run. However, paying attention to some small issues, such as the comfort of your pillow, bed or even finding the perfect light setting to help you sleep, can help you reduce sleep problems before they can reach a stage where you need to take chiropractic adjustments or powerful sleeping medicines.


Sleep is a matter of comfort, and often times we forget to keep that in mind in our busy lives. Eventually, the ignorance can pile up some major health disorders, causing pain, anxiety, ill-temper and more. Thus, to help you find the perfect pillow and to make your night stress-free, we share this article that can be your pillow picking guide:


Sleep problems? An expert’s tips for picking the perfect pillow


There are a variety of reasons for this epidemic of sleep deprivation and even more “solutions” published on a daily basis, ranging from medications to “good sleep hygiene” practices to expensive mattresses. Some of the affordable options can be easily adopted, but may have little to no impact on sleep quality.


One of the first things your health practitioner might look at falls in the affordable and easy range: your pillow. If you’re having trouble sleeping, nothing sounds more inviting than a soft, fluffy pillow—but finding the right pillow can be an insomnia-inducing headache in and of itself.


Here to help you sort through the do’s and don’ts of picking the perfect pillow for improved sleep is Dr. Rick Swartzburg, D.C., a practicing chiropractor who has taken a special interest in improving patients’ sleep to help improve their overall health:


Don’t be tempted by gimmicks—Gel and molded foam pillows, for example, sound like good, scientifically based products. However, the gel, which is promoted for its cooling effect, will quickly absorb and then begin to reflect the user’s own body heat. Molded foam pillows are actually a terrible idea as they seldom fit the individual user and throw the sleeper’s head out of alignment. Both options are typically very heavy, which can be an issue for some people.


Do select materials that adapt to you—But take care; even some of these can be tricky. Down feathers, for example, can be fluffed for comfort and support, but it’s short-lived, losing its shape quickly and requiring constant re-fluffing and positioning that interrupts deep sleep. Memory foam is a great material for contouring and adapting to the individual, but consider buying shredded memory foam instead of solid, as the solid foam is much heavier, less adaptable and will retain more heat than the breathable shredded foam. Click to read more…

Now that you have a better understanding of how your pillow can help you save sleep and how to find the right one, remember to get a good one the next time you feel like you need one. Speaking of which, check out this video that shows you How to Know When It’s Time for a New Pillow.