An excellent New Year’s resolution is to improve your sleeping hygiene. Sleeping well at night is important to allow our bodies the opportunity to heal and regenerate. Research demonstrates that a lack of sleep is associated with a decrease in human performance, mental acuity, and an increase in becoming sick and weight gain.
Not only should you focus on increasing your sleep to seven or eight hours per night, but also focus on proper postural alignment to enhance the quality of your sleep. A better night’s sleep can often be attributed to a proper pillow that allows for relaxation and support of your neck.
Keep in mind that at night time, your neck is similar to your low back during the day when sitting at your desk. If left unsupported it will easily become kinked, causing joint irritation and disc compression.
Sleeping on your back is one of the best natural positions that can be maintained. This allows you to keep your spine in a nice neutral position. In order for this to be done properly, it is imperative that you use an orthopedic pillow like the Neck & Neck Plus Cervical Pillow or The ObusForme Water Pillow that will fill the curve/space in the back of your neck.
Avoid these common neck pain causes:
- Sleeping with your arm under your head for support.
- Raising your arm above your shoulder while sleeping on your side.
- Stomach sleeping, which puts your neck into extension and rotation, the common cause for a kink in the neck.
Tips for purchasing the correct ObusForme Orthopedic Pillow:
- Ask yourself what type of pillow do you prefer? Hard, medium or soft? If you answered hard or medium than you will most likely prefer a pillow from the contour line.
- If you prefer a soft pillow, then a water pillow will often suit you best as the water will conform to the areas around your neck and shoulder.
- Give yourself at least two weeks to get used to sleeping with your new pillow and allow it to conform to your body.
- When travelling always bring along a travelling size pillow for neck support. If you forget, you can roll up a towel and place it under your neck to maintain support.
- In order to assist you with sleeping on your back, try meditating before bed by doing deep abdominal breathing exercises to assist in relaxation and becoming comfortable in that position.